It's ANC vs EFF in Limpopo

By Drum Digital
07 May 2014

The animosity between these bitter rivals is so intense that each time they cross path, they end up exchanging blows, writes Moyahabo Mabena.

Talking to supporters of the ANC and those of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) during this election season, one gets the impression similar to that of a Persian cat squaring up to a Rottweiler.

The animosity between these bitter rivals is so intense that each time they cross path, they end up exchanging blows.

Unresolved cases are piling up at the local police station, and there is no glimmer of hope that they could one day be resolved.

Close to their political hearts is loyalty to the oldest liberation movement in Africa, the ANC, while on the other hand, Julius Malema of Zone 1 Masakaneng remains something of a cult – a political messiah who will take them to the promised land of economic freedom.

Although Nkandla is a rural village in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the scandal around the multi-million upgrade on President Jacob Zuma’s private home remains a relevant topic as they decide on who to vote for.

A section of the population, especially the youth have opted not to vote for the ANC because they believe Msholozi is “corrupt” and that they cannot vote for a “thieving old man”.

Anikie Molapo, 40 of Zone 2, a staunch Malema supporter says she will vote for the EFF because she sees a lot of potential in Malema. “Malema speaks my language and I would like him to be a president of this country one day.”

However, the older citizens say they will continue to vote for the ruling party and not necessarily vote for Zuma. “The ANC has done much in freeing us from apartheid. These youngsters are just making noise because they know nothing about the struggle” said Maria Sibisi (79).

Twenty-year-old Isaac Makofane, a “born free”, could not disclose who he voted for, only saying “I am very happy to have voted because voting shows civic responsibility”. - by Moyahabo Mabena

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