New party gears up for next year’s elections
Once an ANC leader and adviser to then Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, Grahamstown businessman Lungile Mxube will spend the next year building up the United Front in the Eastern Cape.
This is the province where South Africa’s newest workers’ party is expected to make the biggest impact.
Kicking off its campaign targeting workers and the poor, the United Front (UF) plans to boycott next month’s budget speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene “because it will not benefit the poor and working class”.
The planned mass action would be in the Bay, Grahamstown, Buffalo City, Queenstown and Mthatha where the provincial convener said interim structures were already in place.
“We will be mobilising communities and workers to gather under one roof where national leaders from Numsa and the United Front will . . . enlighten the working class that they should not live in false hope thinking this budget will deliver for the working class.
“We will be calling on workers to stand up and demand the implementation of the Freedom Charter.
“We know that the budget will seek to strengthen monopoly white capital,” he said last week.
Other programmes would include calling for transparency in the electricity crisis and the improvement of primary healthcare.
The UF also planned to call for an improvement in the quality of education and zero tolerance of corruption.
– Mkhululi Ndamase
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