We've Got 400 000 Members, Claims Malema
BYLINE: Genevieve Quintal Sapa
JOHANNESBURG: Economic Freedom Fighters membership has passed the 400 000 mark, party leader Julius Malema said yesterday.
"Our membership - we pay R10 and we have taken the financial statements to the CA (chartered accountant) to audit how many R10s have come into the account," he told reporters.
"He has not completed that... (but) we are very happy that so far he has gone past 400 000 (members)."
The EFF had set a target of 500 000 by the time elections are held later this year.
Malema said once the audit had been completed and verified, the final figures would be made public. However, there were some members who could not pay the R10.
"Our people don't have R10 and many people... think it's a joke. It's a reality," he said. "When they get R10, they look at membership, they look at bread. They have to eat."
Malema said the organisation was funded by membership fees, donations, and from selling merchandise. The highest donation the party had received from a member was R50 000.
Malema said the EFF intended to win the 2014 elections, but the playing field was not level because election laws, rules and regulations favoured existing political parties and the ruling party. …