Malema talk makes Khayelitsha resident realise she’s ‘tired of living in a shack’

2014-01-19 11:16

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema leveraged dissatisfaction over sanitation and housing among residents of Khayelitsha to win voters over to his party during a two-day visit to Cape Town.

In a city that saw the emergence of poo protests over sanitation delivery last year, Malema yesterday promised to support the fight for decent toilets in Cape Town’s informal settlements.

Addressing about 1 000 people at Khayelitsha’s Mew Way hall, Malema took the opportunity to inform voters about the EFF’s policies regarding the nationalisation of mines, fishing and farming.

Some had travelled from Muizenberg, Crossroads and Delft to hear him speak and a number of those interviewed after Malema’s address said they might consider voting for the EFF now that they had a better understanding of the party’s policies.

Asonele Mqoqi from Khayelitsha’s BM informal settlement said Malema had “opened” her mind and she now understood that people were still living under an “apartheid government”.

Mqoqi was one of the victims of a fire on January 1 last year, which killed five people and left over 4 000 homeless.

“We were promised that we will get new houses but instead the government built us temporary houses. I didn’t have a problem with it because it is better than nothing, but now that Malema said we must fight for proper houses and toilets, I want to be part of that fight. I’m tired of living in a shack and it’s clear now that we will never get proper houses,” said Mqoqi.

Malema said the house he just delivered for a woman and her grandchildren a stone’s throw from Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla – which saw ANC supporters clashing with the EFF last weekend – is the one he’s going to provide for people in the Western Cape once the EFF gets power.

Gallery: Malema braves stones and bottles at Nkandla

Sibongile Mchasa from Delft said people had been blinded by government but, with the EFF, they would be able to fight for their rights.

“Malema has given me confidence to be able to fight for EFF,” said Mchasa.

Malema urged EFF supporters to work for the people.

“We must help where ever we can. We must listen to people even if we are not going to offer them anything. Go to school and help clean those toilets for the kids, assist university students, let’s help our people,” said Malema.

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