EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has boldly predicted that the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) will be the biggest, or at least the second-biggest political party in South Africa next year after the party’s “growth” in the by-elections held on Wednesday.
This week, 95 wards were up for grabs in the by-elections, none of which were won by the so-called red berets.
However, the seven-year-old party showed significant growth as it went from having three seats in Phokwane municipality to five seats and one in Renosterberg. Both municipalities are in the Northern Cape.
Shivambu said “this growth” places the party on a path to unseating the DA as the official opposition and potentially the ruling ANC.
“Come hail, storm, high water or disaster, the EFF will be the biggest or second-biggest political party in SA by this time in 2021. We knocked on the doors of voters and they said come in. We are growing by a minimum 100% compared to 2016 in the majority of wards,” Shivambu tweeted.
Shivambu’s tweet drew varied reactions on social media.
Some were responses were sarcastic.
In another tweet, Shivambu said the party’s growth proves more voters are showing confidence in the EFF.
Others, including seemingly die-hard ANC supporters, said an EFF opposition would be good for the country.
Some echoed Shivambu’s sentiments.