Pretoria – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema visited the IEC’s national results operations centre in Pretoria on Saturday in a jubilant and defiant mood.
“We are very happy, we may not have the means and the capacity to celebrate, but we do appreciate, we are humbled by the support we have received,” Malema told News24.
“We will not disappoint our people, we will deliver to their expectations,” he added.
Earlier, Malema addressed an hour-long media conference, in which he thanked the people of South Africa for conducting peaceful elections, stating that multi-party democracy does exist in the country.
The EFF got 1 169 004 votes, which was 6.36% of all votes cast nationally.
Malema thanked the voters who had chosen the party despite threats and intimidation. “We think we have done very well,” he stated, especially because the party was only eight months old and did not have any election machinery.
He also stated that the ANC were the major losers in the elections as their support had dropped, and the government was putting on a brave face.
However, Malema added that the EFF accepted defeat, and called on his supporters to accept the outcome in a dignified manner. “We don’t want to be bad losers,” he said.
The EFF dedicated its victory to the kidnapped girls in Nigeria Malema said.
He also sidestepped a question about his legal and tax woes, saying he was talking about the elections, not sequestration, but defiantly stated that he “is going to Parliament”.
Wearing his trademark red beret and a red overall, Malema explained that the EFF planned to go to Parliament in overalls “because we are there to work”.