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Malema’s party stike chord among young people

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Michel Bega

Policies of land reform and eliminating national borders are likely to boost support for Julius Malema’s party in next year’s elections, a survey by Pondering Panda has revealed.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader has vowed to follow Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s lead on land reform.

“Julius Malema’s policies clearly resonate with a significant number of young South Africans. And while opinion on the impact of these policies is divided, young people are most likely to believe that they will gain the EFF more support at the next elections, said Pondering Panda spokesman Shirley Wakefield yesterday.

“Although opposition to the EFF’s land and border reform po-licies still significantly outweighs support for them, what this survey shows us is that they are far from marginal ideas.”

The survey was conducted among 2 339 respondents between the ages of 18 and 34. About 42% of young black South Africans believed the EFF’s land reform policy was a good idea. Respectively 20% and 14% of coloureds and whites were in favour of such a policy.

All interviews were carried out on cellphones between July 29 and August 2.

Pondering Panda is a consumer insights company that uses mobile and digital technology to gauge people’s opinion and perception.

 

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