'King' Malema wants to rule, not oppose

2013-10-13 17:09

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Economic Freedom Fighters' self-proclaimed commander-in-chief Julius Malema has vowed that it was the ruling party or nothing for his newly born "giant".

Malema spoke from a large stage before an energetic crowd of well over the 5 000 the party expected, gathered on a dusty stretch of soil in the early summer heat next to – and some on top of – the famous Marikana koppie where mine workers were killed by police last year.

Malema said: "We don't want to be opposition. We don't want to wake up in the mornings and oppose."

Malema had told journalists in interviews he wanted to be president, and at the rally he was hailed by fellow speakers as "your majesty", "king" and "chief". His supporters also sang songs hailing him as their president.

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UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, who was the only leader of an opposition party to attend the launch, warned the EFF crowd that "life in opposition is not a bowl of cherries".

He said, however, that he looked forward to working with the EFF to establish a viable alternative for South African voters.

He warned against foul play by the Independent Electoral Commission, claiming they would refuse to divulge how many ballot papers they printed, what the serial numbers of those were, or who they gave tenders to.

Malema employed his usual rhetoric to captivate the audience, with the swipes directed at President Jacob Zuma getting the most cheers.

Malema criticised Zuma for spending millions of rands of taxpayers' money for security upgrades to his Nkandla home, for using state money to support his polygamous lifestyle and for allegedly being complicit in allowing the Gupta plane to land irregularly at the Waterkloof Air Force base.

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He warned that, if the EFF got to power, it would prosecute the Guptas.

He also apologised for bringing the country a "singing, non-thinking and non-reading" president.

Malema said police should refuse to shoot innocent people as they did in Marikana. The EFF would fight for the rights of oppressed workers like waitrons and domestic workers, and white people should give back the land they stole.

He urged white people to support the EFF as the only party that would tell them the truth.

Malema also said those who wore the red berets had the responsibility to be humble leaders in their own right.

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