EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EPA
EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media in Johannesburg on Wednesday while his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, looks on. Picture: EPA

NEWLY elected EFF councillors will have to cough up 50% of their salaries in party levies for the first three months‚ the EFF says.

The party said on Monday it would be strictly enforcing the party levy because it did not want to be captured by white monopoly capital.

EFF president Julius Malema said it was important for all members serving in Parliament‚ legislatures and councils to pay monthly levies.

"The party levy is going to help EFF not to be captured by private donors‚" he said.

He said the 826 elected EFF councillors were all expected to pay 50% of their salaries for three months.

The EFF’s tithe on MPs is 15% — and it says expense claims are not welcomed — while the DA takes 2% of its MPs’ earnings. As for the ANC‚ it is not telling.

Malema said the party’s central command team, which met at the weekend, had resolved to do a thorough review of all its elected councillors.

He said all proportional representative (PR) councillors who came from wards that received fewer than 100 votes would be instructed to withdraw from councils, and would be replaced by ward candidates where the party received most votes.

"This principle is aimed primarily at (rewarding) those who worked for the organisation tirelessly‚ and also to avoiding a situation where mediocrity is rewarded‚" he said.

Malema said the EFF would apply the same principle during the national general elections in 2019.

Members of higher structures of the party would be on the list based on how they performed in their respective constituencies.

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