The Wits EFFSC cut their pre-election victory lap short after it failed to attract support.

The Wits Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) ended their mock victory lap after just a few rounds on Tuesday, May 7. The event intended to gather supporters along the route from Wits University to Braamfontein, ended after it failed to attract no more than 30 supporters. 

The event was held as part of the EFFSC’s last minute campaigning ahead of the general elections on Wednesday, May 8. 

“I see many [of the participants] are demoralised … but we have done the work, we delivered four busses to the Tshela Thupa rally,” said Sivuyile Mhatu, Wits EFFSC president, referring to the EFF’s last rally in Gauteng on May 5.

“Comrades are tired,” Wits EFF secretary Kamohelo Chauke told Wits Vuvuzela as the group walked back to the university from Jorissen and Biccard streets.

Gabriel Machai, an EFF supporter and second year Wits education student, said he has been campaigning for the EFF at his student residence. “I stay at Student Diggz so I have been going door-to-door putting EFF posters underneath people’s doors,” he said.

The EFF night vigil that was originally scheduled for the same day as the mock victory lap was eventually cancelled. Mhatu said this would give the EFF supporters a chance to regroup and wake up refreshed to vote.

Chauke said the Wits SC cannot be “harsh on anyone” for not showing up to support the mock victory lap, pointing out that exams are approaching, so students are “probably busy with assignments and submissions”.

“We are sure that wherever our fighters are, they are saying ‘Vote EFF’,” said Chauke.

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits EFFSC members participate in a #AccommodationisLand protest in September 2018.  Photo: File.