Malema campaigns for the Boiketlong vote

By Drum Digital
18 February 2014

Some members of the Boiketlong community are still undecided whether they will vote for the new kid on the political block.

While EFF leader Julius Malema gave a passionate speech at the informal settlement of Boiketlong some members of the community were still undecided whether they will vote for the new kid on the political block. On the campaign trail, Malema’s speech was a taste of what's to come at the party's manifesto launch.

A protester was shot dead by police in Boiketlong on February 5 and it was also the basis of Malema's visit to the impoverished area. Malema pointed out to the community how the African National Congress (ANC) has failed them and that now was the time to make the change.

“When people protest saying they must not be forgotten...they are getting killed by the government. The ANC is in business with the police,” he said.

Malema continued making a case for the EFF to the large crowd which had gathered at Boiketlong Sports ground.

“Basic services are needed here. You have chosen to live here there is nothing informal about you. For the person who died here there must be an apology through action. That is by providing services,” he said.

The crowd made up mostly of kids and the unemployed had mixed feelings about the way their vote would go at the elections.

A member of the community, who refused to be named, said: “I will not be voting. These people are playing with us; there have been many parties who have promised us the same things.”

Sylvia Jantjie, who will be voting for the first time said she will be voting for the EFF.

“I like that they are all about the truth and development,” she said.

Oumakie Mofokeng said she liked what the EFF had to say but she will see when she gets to the polls what her vote will be.

“It seems that they are fighting for the truth and I love that about them,” she said.

Next up on the party’s agenda is the manifesto launch on Saturday 22 February. The party promised to transport Boiketlong community members to Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa and they were also promised free party t-shirts and berets.

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