n Journal for Contemporary History - The coming revolution: Julius Malema and the fight for economic freedom, Floyd Shivambu (Ed.) : book review

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The book is intended as an introduction to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), South Africa's youngest revolutionary socialist party in parliament, and its charismatic commander-in-chief, Julius Malema. It starts with a foreword by the EFF Commissar for Justice and Special Projects, Dali Mpofu. This is followed by an input from Floyd Shivambu, EFF Commissar for Policy, Research, and Political Education, in the form of a brief introductory section on the purpose of the book which is spiced up by eulogizing Malema. This is followed by a section of 115 pages by Shivambu on the genesis of the EFF, titled, Where do we come from? His point of departure here is that "[c]urrently, settlers own our country" (p. 13), and because "settlers are on our land as a result of violent colonial conquest and dispossession of the black majority and Africans in particular" (p. 13), the ownership and control of economic resources in South Africa should be returned to the African black majority. This relates specifically to ownership of the banks, mines and agricultural land.

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