EFF’s resolutions give its president power to be chief signatory on contracts

The EFF’s new amended constitution has bestowed new powers to its structures including the central command team, its highest decision-making body in between conferences.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema pictured at his party's second national conference at Nasrec on 16 December 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has adopted a number of resolutions at its conference, which will shape its policy in the coming years including constitutional amendments giving its president the power to be a chief signatory of all contracts the party enters into.

On Monday, the red berets adopted a declaration that includes several changes to how it functions.

This as it works towards building stronger grass-roots support ahead of the municipal elections and the 2024 national elections.

The EFF’s new amended constitution has bestowed new powers to its structures including the central command team, its highest decision-making body in between conferences.

The structure is now empowered to recall officials deployed in public office among others changes as EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu explains.

“The decisions are final, and the sentences take effect even if you’ve appealed to the NPA. We don’t say the sentence is suspended because you’re appealing.”

The organisation has also resolved to establish a women’s league, an issue that has been the subject of much debate in the party.

The EFF has been struggling to attract female voters and supporters since its inception and this is one of the ways it hopes to correct this.

The party also resolved that any member who resigns from the party to join another would not be allowed to rejoin.

At the same time, Malema said gender-based violence needed to be defeated in all corners of communities.

He said violence and the abuse of women in the country were out of control and men were the ones to blame.

Malema called on activists to fight the scourge even at churches, saying this would ensure that violence was rooted out for good.

“If we want to defeat this thing of gender discrimination, everywhere where women are discriminated, we must take the war there,” he said.

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