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[LISTEN] An in-depth look at the EFF manifesto and whether its feasible or not

6 February 2019 12:38 PM
Tags:
EFF
Julius Malema
ANC
Politics
DA
Land
Jobs
Government
2019 general elections

Eusebius McKaiser facilitated a discussion with political analysts Sithembile Mbete and Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh about the EFF manifesto.

Promises, promises and promises.

It's that time of the democratic system where the electorate are fed promises upon promises by political parties.

Political parties are launching their party manifestos which detail what they will do once elected into government.

The Economic Freedom Fighter launched their manifesto on Saturday and political analysts say some of the promises are not feasible.

Party leader Julius Malema promised low-skilled workers considerably higher salaries.

• Mineworkers: R12,500 per month • Farmworkers: R5,000 per month • Manufacturing workers: R6,500 per month • Retail workers: R5,000 per month • Builders: R7,000 per month • Petrol attendants: R6,500 per month • Cleaners: R4,500 per month • Domestic workers: R5,000 per month • Private security guards: R7,500 per month • Full-time waiters and waitresses: R4,500 per month

Eusebius McKaiser engaged political analysts Sithembile Mbete and Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh about whether or not the EFF's election manifesto is feasible and, furthermore, whether or not the EFF has the capability and expertise to govern the country.

People need to understand that manifestos are just documents that over promise and short on details. That opens up a new debate about implementation and about cost.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Author

The EFF has done a good job in diagnosed the problem very well and they have done so since its inception and I also think that this one of the more detailed manifestos if we compare manifestos across the parties.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Author

READ: EFF supporters 'ate out of Malema's palm' during manifesto launch - analyst

Eusebius says that there were some good matters raised in the manifesto such as cutting costs with the reduction of the cabinet.

Dr Sithembile Mbete agreed with him and says that the question of three spheres of government has been around for a long time but the EFF tackled it differently.

ALSO READ: EFF election manifesto - callers share their views on what it means to them

Let's not forget that the structure of government that we currently have is a Codesa compromise. The way in which the EFF brought it up is in a way of cost-cutting.

Dr. Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst and Lecturer

There is a lot in the manifesto that is about reducing waste, cost-cutting and reducing wasteful expenditure. So this idea of having two spheres of government is part of that.

Dr. Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst and Lecturer

Dr Mbete says the irony of having the EFF as the opposition propose that, is that then it gives power to whoever the national government is.

Listen to what the EFF's manifesto promises on the economy is feasible or not...


6 February 2019 12:38 PM
Tags:
EFF
Julius Malema
ANC
Politics
DA
Land
Jobs
Government
2019 general elections

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