The Economic Freedom Fighters are rapping their way into voters’ hearts.
On Friday, the party released a hip hop track called EFF I Trust on YouTube.
So far the nearly four-minute long song has had over 18 000 views, with mostly positive comments from supporters.
“This is magic, super dope! I’m playing it in the club tonight!,” said Lucky Mathye1.
“Fighters are so talented #proud!” read another comment from Manqoba Victor10.
The EFF said they uploaded the track “to mobilise our people through conscious rap music to understand and appreciate the revolutionary struggle for economic emancipation”.
The song is rapped by Fab Futur 3 and Sliqq Riqq, and lyrics include: “This is for the kids that don’t have any meals. The struggle is real.”
The Gupta family and their alleged corrupt relationship with President Jacob Zuma, which the EFF referred to as the Zuptas, is also mentioned.
“Zupta must fall 9/11”, the song goes, and “When are you dropping the fees?” referring to the #FeesMustFall protest.
But while EFF I Trust enjoys online popularity, things have not been so rosy on the ground for the party.
On Saturday, shots rang out and mense were stoned at a rally in KwaZulu-Natal, reports the Sunday Tribune.
Hundreds of EFF supporters fled for cover after a gun-wielding suspect, wearing an ANC T-shirt, opened fire into the crowds.
Rocks were thrown at EFF supporters, but party leader Julius Malema appeared unmoved and told party members to stay put.
“These people are dogs and they are barking at us because we are going forward. Don’t be scared of these hooligans,” he said.
The stage was set last week when the ANC warned the EFF not to hold a rally in Esikhawini, near Richards Bay, a known ANC stronghold.
It was widely speculated that the EFF wanted to cash in on divisions within the ruling party.
Esikhawini is the home town of Senzo Mchunu, who has been recalled by the ANC as premier of KZN.
And yesterday, at an EFF rally in uMlazi, Durban, people dressed in ANC colours, chanted in isiZulu “Malema must sit properly because his small penis is showing”.