I was a better farmer than Thandi Modise – Julius Malema

2014-07-13 06:00

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He was a better farmer than embattled speaker Thandi Modise, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said, adding that farming was “very simple”.

“From [the] Marikana massacre of our people to [the] pig’s massacre on Thandi Modise’s farm. She should be ashamed,” Malema said in an exclusive interview with City Press in Mthatha, where he was holding a meeting with Eastern Cape party structures yesterday.

He said the ANC government could not be trusted to take care of South Africans.

“If people can’t take care of their own animals, how can they take care of the country? That is a demonstration of failure. The ANC must be ashamed to have a leader of that stature who does not care about the wellbeing of her own animals.”

He also said the National Council of Provinces speaker’s conduct during the state of the nation debate demonstrated that she had “no capacity”.

“She has lost respect from many of us who used to see her as a caring woman and mother,” Malema said.

The EFF leader, whose farm was auctioned in order to settle a tax bill of R16 million, said farming was simple.

“You just hire people who have [an] interest in farming. You also need to pay those people working on your farm very well. Then they can take care of your farm.

“We had farms, some of us, before and we were not there on a full-time basis but employed people who had passion and love for it, and paid them very well. They would never neglect animals.”

Malema said what happened on Modise’s farm had been extreme and that the former North West premier had gone into farming because she was not sure of her political future.

“She was not sure what was going to happen to her if she was no longer a premier and thought farming was a shortcut. The reason why pigs ended up eating each other is because Thandi never had an interest in farming.

“For me, she was looking for alternative means of survival and she chose a career path she does not have an interest in,” Malema said.

As for his party, the EFF leader said they were consolidating structures in all provinces in order to have a solid foundation during the 2016 local government elections.

“Our structures in the past were big and ineffective. Now we want a ... structure of people in the regions, which will have a gender balance, geographic spread and generational mix with very clear targets,” he said.

He said by September, regions were expected to go to elective conferences.

“We have got structures in the Eastern Cape. All we need is more political education and visibility.”

Malema said he believed his party could have done better in the recent elections in the province.

“We had potential to perform much better than what we did. We want to take over the local municipalities. There is general lack of service delivery. Our people are complaining about service delivery in the province. There is no rural development and our people feel neglected,” he said.

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