Julius Malema: ANC not a contestant in Western Cape election race

2014-01-18 09:42

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The election race for Western Cape will be between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the DA, EFF leader Julius Malema said during a visit to Cape Town, despite only about 30 supporters attending his arrival at the Cape Town International Airport.

The small group ululated and sang as Malema held a press conference upon arrival yesterday during his first visit to Cape Town since having left the ANC.

He said he was in the province to strengthen support for his party to win the province in the upcoming elections.

“We want to defeat the DA. EFF is going to win this province in the 2014 national elections,” announced Malema.

“EFF wants to rescue the people of the Western Cape from the DA, which has been dividing them. We are here as EFF to unite the people, since the DA has divided them by the colour of their skins.”

Malema announced plans to meet with the taxi industry, farm workers and the fishing sector during a two-day visit.

“I had a report that there are farm workers who are continuously exploited by farm owners who are failing to meet some of the commitments made during that time of the strike. These are the issues that need to be brought forward. We want people who can work, not the ones we have in Parliament that are being led by newspapers, always when they ask a question they refer to headlines.”

He said the ANC was a spent force in the province and he was looking forward to the challenge of winning the province from the DA. But he said the DA government had “done a good job” of taking Western Cape from the ANC in 2009.

Referring to the ANC provincial chairperson Marius Fransman and provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile, Malema said leaders must lead by example, not spend half of their day at Cubana – a restaurant in Newlands – drinking.

“Helen Zille has done a good job but now we’re after her, the EFF is going to win the province. This must be clear, we are not in competition with the ANC because it is no more, it’s only [Jacob] Zuma and Gwede [Mantashe] and some of the politicians. There’s only two bulls here in the Western Cape, it’s DA and EFF, and we’re going to win this province.”

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