EFF support among women pathetic, says Julius Malema as he mulls over women's command

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The EFF may well establish a women's command at its national people's assembly next month in an attempt to woo more women to the party.

EFF leader Julius Malema said this at a press conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday.

According to Malema, women had not warmed to the EFF. This was also the case across the party's social media accounts, where women accounted for less than 30% of followers.Said Malema: “I am persuaded to agree with the formation of the women's command, not because there has been a thorough political work done to produce aof women in the EFF ... but the support the EFF is getting from women can perhaps change if there is a women's organisation that focuses specifically on women.

“EFF support among women is very pathetic. Just look on Facebook support of the EFF, only 24% is women; on Instagram [it] is 26%. Perhaps we can get more women to support the EFF if we start a women's command.” Malema said the low support from women could be motivated by many things, including the fact that there were only two women in the party's top six - and those were the fringe positions of deputy secretary-general and treasurer-general.

Malema's view contrasts with a proposal in the party's discussion document prepared for the upcoming assembly, which says the EFF is not ready for new structures such as a women's command.The discussion paper rules out the establishment of an EFF-aligned trade union, youth wing or women’s wing.

 

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