Malema forced out of UKZN hall by rowdies

2014-04-25 00:00

ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was forced to address his supporters outside a lecture hall at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban yesterday after ANC-aligned students disrupted a meeting Malema was scheduled to address at lunchtime.

Earlier, he spent nearly an hour waiting in a car while an attempt was made to calm the crowd after the singing ANC supporters disrupted it.

At one stage, EFF leaders tried to evict some ANC supporters and a firecracker was even lit inside the hall.

Calls for calm and tolerance from university academic Zakhele Ndlovu fell on deaf ears.

“It shows that as South Africans we don’t know politics,” said Ndlovu, but some students booed him while others sat down.

When Malema finally entered the hall, he joined his supporters in singing the song Dubul’ Umdlwembe, as some pointed at ANC supporters, who sang Umshini Wam in return.

When it was Malema’s turn to address the crowd, ANC supporters continued singing, prompting him to leave.

Police then formed a human chain near his vehicle while ANC Youth leaders stood metres away, shouting slogans and singing.

Addressing his supporters on the steps of the hall, Malema said no one could stop the determined EFF “soldiers” regardless of the anarchy they displayed.

“They can disrupt us but they can never stop the idea whose time has come. This is time for economic freedom,” Malema said to applause.

Malema said he doubted the disrupters were students and described them as a rent-a-crowd that had been paid with yellow T-shirts.

“We are having a meeting, so we have defeated the ANC. This is round one. The next is on May 7,” he said, adding that his university visit should have been a festival of ideas.

“But it looks like the man did not lock his cattle kraal properly when he went to Pretoria because we have his cattle here making noise,” he said, adding that he had no problem addressing people wearing ANC

T-shirts so long as they behaved.

He used the opportunity to have a go at President Jacob Zuma.

“Zuma’s cattle live better than the people of Umlazi. No one stays in a house of a million in Umlazi,” he said, adding that Zuma’s government prioritised animals.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was also criticised.

“Ramaphosa took R18 million and bought a buffalo,” he said, adding that people from Venda where Ramaphosa hailed from struggled to have access to water.

He criticised the ANC for using the name of Nelson Mandela when calling on people to vote.

“They must say do it for Zuma. They must leave the old man as his family is still mourning. These people are hard at work to destroy Mandela’s legacy. That is what they don’t want me to tell you.”

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