Pretoria - Not known for doing the conventional thing, the EFF has jumped on the Valentine's Day stage with a call to South Africans to use the day to spread love.
The party said that regardless of the origins of Valentine's Day and its "capture by capitalism to maximise profits", it believed in love and welcomed every opportunity to advance a community built on love.
"The reason the EFF exists is because of our love for this country. We are in pursuit of economic emancipation because we believe that in a world free of economic exploitation, love will abound," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
"In a world full of disease, drought, hunger and death we must celebrate, promote and elevate love. In a world that continues to reproduce the conditions of colonial racism... we must preach love."
Ndlozi said people must fight against all the conditions that produce a world of hate, and all the conditions that make black people a hated and despised people.
"In addition, in a world full of selfishness, corruption and kleptocracy we must elevate love, because those driven by love will never steal from the poor.
"What demonstrates love the most is selflessness, not accumulation. To build a world of love is, therefore, to build a world that rewards, promotes and inculcates the values of humility, selflessness and charity," he said.