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EFF promises to shake things up, take harsh action against corrupt councillors

The EFF launched its election manifesto in Soweto at the weekend in front of a packed Orlando Stadium.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addressing the supporters during the party’s manifesto launch at Orlando Stadium on 30 April 2016. Picture: @EFFSouthAfrica.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has promised to shake up local government with new plans to hold ward councillors accountable and says it only needs five years in government to prove itself.

The EFF launched its election manifesto in Soweto at the weekend in front of a packed Orlando Stadium.

The party said it wants to force councillors to stay in the communities they represent and only employ the best qualified people for the job.

The manifesto was launched by the party's leader Julius Malema.

He said the EFF will take harsh action against corrupt councillors.

"Councillors want sex in exchange for jobs and houses. EFF councillors be warned, you must know you're fired with immediate effect. We don't want corrupt councillors."

Malema also said should his party win certain municipalities, EFF councillors would be mandated to pay for funerals of the poor.

He said all EFF councillors would be available to the community around the clock.

"We're bringing a councillor who's going to bury those who are poor and can't afford to bury themselves. Every councillor must make his cellphone [number] public and that phone must work 24 hours [a day]."

Malema also vowed to change all street names of white apartheid leaders.

"There will never be any symbol that represents apartheid and any symbol that reminds us of the past."

He said his party municipality councillors have to lead by example.

"We don't want drunks, who [urinate] on the streets in front of children, we want them to lead by example."

WATCH: EFF: We have the best manifesto for SA

ATTACK ON ANC AND ZUMA

The EFF also said it wanted to demonstrate the success of its policies by introducing them at local government level.

Malema launched a scathing attack on his detractors within the African National Congress (ANC), accusing them of using the state to suppress political opposition.

He said he didn't believe the charges of treason laid against him were legitimate and he remained unafraid.

"Anyone who wants to arrest me, here I am, you can come and arrest me now. I'm not scared of all of you."

He said his party would not be intimidated by the police.

"Minister of police, we are not scared of you and your police. We are not scared of a violent state and we are ready to take you on anytime."

The commander in chief insisted that the EFF was ready to take up arms against the state in self-defence if peaceful demonstrations were suppressed with violence.

Last week, the ANC laid "treason" charges against Malema for saying the EFF would remove the ANC through the barrel of a gun if the governing party rigged elections

He said they were not scared of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.

"Bring it on, we are not scared of you, we are ready for you and we are ready to take over all the municipalities. We are the government in waiting."

Malema responded to those who've accused the EFF of promoting violence and anarchy, saying their members will only use violence to defend themselves.

"Anyone who wants to arrest me, here I am, you can come and arrest me now. There's no treason here, you came with violence, we will respond to you with violence. We are not scared of you. We will never start any violence."

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