Nhlanhla Mabaso11 February 2024 | 8:37

EFF supporters believe Malema's promise to end load shedding within 6 months is possible

At the EFF’s election manifesto launch in Durban, the leader of the red berets presented a series of ideas aimed at solving the country’s energy crisis if he is voted into power at the polls.

EFF supporters believe Malema's promise to end load shedding within 6 months is possible

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, at his party’s manifesto launch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 10 February 2024. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/Eyewitness News

DURBAN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has promised to rid South Africa of persistent load shedding within six months if voted into power.

He made the vow during the party's manifesto launch at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Moreover, his supporters firmly believe that his promise is attainable.

Malema presented a series of multi-pronged ideas aimed at resolving the current energy crisis and a series of sticking socioeconomic challenges.

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He told thousands of supporters that plans to decommission the country’s seven coal-fired power stations go against the needs of South Africans. 

The EFF was launching its elections 2024 manifesto ahead of the looming elections.

Malema committed to ensuring the security of electricity supply for at least 20 years if voters put their faith in his party to take the country forward.

South Africans had been contending with load shedding for at least 16 years, with the country this weekend also being thrust into Stage 6 load shedding due to broken down generating units.

Malema suggested he could bring an end to the disruptions within two years, a proposal that seems to have landed well with his supporters.

This fighter believes that it would take just a change of government for load shedding to end.

“Before, it never used to happen. There was a time and period where we stayed with electricity for quite some time, and then [with] the change in power, [it] suddenly it came back.”

Meanwhile Sbonga Sokhela, who also came to listen to Malema, had this to say:

“Eskom must be dissolved. A new company must come, and I think if we change the source of our electricity and find new people who are capable of giving us what we want, we are going to be fine.”