Partying, sex at the office ‘all ANC knows’ – Julius Malema

2014-02-12 16:12

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The fact that ANC-deployed officials and councillors prioritise having sex in their offices over service delivery does not justify burning down government buildings, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said.

Malema was speaking to residents of Makapanstad in North West, who marched to the Moretele Local Municipality yesterday to demand water, roads, jobs and an end to corruption.

Last week, Malema and his lieutenants were accused of fanning the flames of violent protests when EFF supporters ferried tyres to a violent protest in Hebron near Pretoria.

Read: Malema on tyre scandal: ‘They might have been cleaning the streets’

Malema admitted to helping organise service delivery protests, but urged locals not to take their frustrations out on government buildings.

The EFF organised the march to the local municipal offices in Makapaanstad and read out a memorandum of grievances to the municipal manager, Roger Nkhumise.

Just as Malema’s vehicle was leaving the march, a group of about 100 ANC supporters emerged from a nearby municipal building and hurled insults at Malema and anyone who would vote for his party.

The ANC supporters, wearing yellow party T-shirts bearing local party leaders’ images, had waited until Malema had concluded his speech. They came out just as he left in a grey Mercedes-Benz Viano.

But the presence of police, who had escorted Malema into the open field in front of the municipal offices, kept the two groups separated and everyone dispersed without incident.

Malema earlier told about 300 people who had gathered for the march that they would not get any services as long as the ANC remained in power.

He said all that the ANC cared about was having sex in their offices, pointing to the Moretele Local Municipality’s offices as he spoke.

“These ANC people don’t deserve our respect. They have forgotten about the poor. They have forgotten about us. It’s even worse because they are our black brothers. They’re only interested in having sex in their offices. They have converted these offices into bedrooms. Half the time they’re sleeping, and that’s why they can’t deliver.

“They love partying. That’s all they know, they don’t serve the people,” said Malema as residents burst out laughing.

He also took swipes at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead and used it as an example that the ANC-led government did not care about the poor.

“We want piped water in our gardens, but for 20 years they have failed to deliver. They said five years was not enough, then 10 years was not enough, then 15 years, now we are 20 years into this government and it is time to change your vote.

“As long as you vote for the ANC, you will not get water. Instead of giving you water, Zuma has built a R2.8 million pool, but you don’t have drinking water and he can’t swim. Don’t even sleep in an ANC T-shirt, you will have nothing but nightmares. If you sleep in an ANC T-shirt you should be ashamed,” said Malema.

He said the provisional sequestration order handed down to him because of his unpaid taxes this week was a lame attempt to keep him out of Parliament. The law stipulates that anyone who has a sequestration order against them may not hold public office.

“They’re trying to block us with anything. They know that when we get to Parliament, the truth will come out. EFF is the only alternative and if you want the truth, vote EFF because we speak truth to power,” said Malema.

He told residents that it was wrong to burn down government buildings during protests and said that the best way to confront the challenges facing communities was through the ballot paper on May 7.

“They say we’re causing these [violent] protests. We don’t have a problem with that. It is your right to protest, but don’t burn buildings like libraries and, even worse, clinics.

“Don’t burn down anybody’s house. You’ve got the power and the power is in your X [vote]. Mandela has given you that power, use that power. Don’t burn down buildings,” said Malema, who was wearing a red EFF beret and sunglasses.

He promised the EFF would increase social grants and double child grants once the party was voted into power.

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