Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says every municipality run by his party will introduce a property wealth tax where affluent citizens will subsidise poorer residents.

This forms part of the commitments contained in the party’s manifesto that was launched at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg.

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In terms of its municipal indigent policy, the EFF also says it will establish indigent household units in the mayor’s office and ensure that households that depend on social grants will qualify for free basic services without having to register on an indigent database.

Malema explains the property wealth tax tongue-in-cheek, “The people with big land, big houses, big yards we are going to tax them because they are rich they must subsidise the poor. How do we determine that this person is rich, Dali Mpofu will be the first victim because he stays in the suburb of Mandela, Houghton. Dali Mpofu must pay for a poor person in the township and the village.”

Abolish certain tenders

The EFF will abolish tenders and in-source various services in the municipalities it runs according to party leader Julius Malema.

Malema says security and cleaning services are among those that will not be put out to tender.

“General maintenance, no tender, catering no tender, IT no tender, auditing services no tender, construction services no tender, bus municipal skills no tender. All the municipal bus drivers they will be working for the municipality, they will have a pension, they will have medical aid they will earn well.”