Julius Malema speaks to the crowd in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Pretoria - The ANC failed to deliver free education due to a lack of money, but had R1 billion to spend on its election campaign, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday.
"ANC used R1bn for elections, printing T-shirts and giving celebrities money while you don't have water," he told residents of Hammanskraal.
"They fail to give our children free education, but they give celebrities R1bn."
The ANC’s election campaign head, Nomvula Mokonyane, said the party had spent this amount on holding rallies, paying volunteers, and buying T-shirts, EWN reported last week.
At another campaign stop in Soshanguve on Thursday, he said education is the only tool that will help black people break the chains of poverty.
"We want education to be free. What will get us out of poverty is education," he said.
Municipalities should run crèches, provincial governments manage primary and secondary schools, and tertiary education should remain national government’s responsibility, he said.
Malema said he wanted black children to grow in confidence and compete with their white counterparts.
The function of crèches should be to teach children, instead of just looking after children while their parents were at work.
"We don't want crèches where kids are told to sleep. We don't want our children to be looking at the ground when he or she is being told about an aeroplane flying," Malema said to laughter.
Malema also mocked some of the artists that had been endorsing the ANC and getting paid for it, including singer Kelly Khumalo.
"That Kelly Khumalo, before she tells us to vote for the ANC, she must tell us who killed our goalkeeper," Malema said to loud applause from the Hammanskraal crowd.
Former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead at Khumalo's parental house in Vosloorus on October 26, 2014. He was dating Khumalo and they had a child together. The murder has still not been solved.
Malema added that some of the artists endorsing the ANC were singing songs that were no longer relevant.
"I don't remember Kelly Khumalo's hit song. Arthur Mafokate is singing expired songs," he said, referring to the kwaito musician.
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