Nelson Mandela once said: “If the ANC does to you what the Apartheidgovernment did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the Apartheid government.” The ANC government is failing to deliver on what it has promised and not to mention the fact that 34 mine workers were massacred under the ANC’s watch. I strongly believe that this is the right climate for a left wing movement like the EFF to form at this point in time to bring some “colour” to our political spectrum in South Africa.
On our way to Marikana for the EFF launch this past weekend, we stopped at a local gas station in the North West and petrol attendants were very excited to see us shouted “Malema” as they saw us. As we approached Marikana, I couldn’t help but notice that every second taxi was branded with EFF colours and had EFF posters pasted all over it. When locals saw us in our red T-shirts and red berets, they were ululating, whistling and shouting “EFF” with clenched fists in the air. Fighters who came to attend the launch rally received a hero’s welcome as we travelled through the streets of Marikana leading us to the Nkaneng Township.
The EFF launch was epic and the atmosphere was electric. The closest comparison to the atmosphere at the Koppie in Marikana is that of a Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates final match at the FNB stadium. Fighters came in the numbers from various branches around South Africa is struggle songs and dance with some carrying “Vuvuzelas.” The crowd was jubilant and singing praise songs of the EFF and Malema around the mountain. The EFF launch was well attended by ordinary South Africans whose EFF message resonates with them. This included miner workers, community members, AMCU union members in their green “T-shirts” and UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa who also addressed the crowd. There were well over 20 000 people who attended the EFF launch on 13 October 2013.
Some political analysts have suggested that the EFF will received just below 10% if we are lucky and some have even have gone far as suggest that EFF will get not more 2% of the vote in 2014 general elections. May I remind you that COPE which was formed about 4 months before the 2009 elections received 7.4% of the vote. They received that just merely by being present at the election. Now Julius Malema has wider appeal as a politician a great orator and charismatic. He will definitely surpass what COPE achieved. Chris Moerdyk is one of the very few honest white South African we have who once said: “In the last elections Julius Malema appealed directly to these young and unemployed and entirely on his own he secured the single biggest block of votes for the ANC. In fact, Malema pulled in 18% of the total vote cast.”
Some people are just too blind or blatantly ignoring what is starring in front of them. Julius Malema once said Jacob Zuma would be president of the country and people laughed him off, look how things turned out. Today, Julius Malema says, “the EFF is a government in waiting,” so many people in the media are laughing him off. If the crowd that EFF managed to pull this past weekend didn’t convince you then, nothing ever will. Let’s wait for the 2014 poll results, numbers do not lie. Many people will be shocked at the numbers that EFF will manage to pull there again.
Some key highlights from President Julius Malema’s speech include the following:
· This is your land. You do not have to pay for the land. It has been already paid by the sweat of your fathers.
· Whites are suffering from generational curse because they have stolen property in their hand.
· A different baby is born today, a giant... A child that walks immediately. The baby that fights for your living wage. You must be afraid of that child.
· Nurses should care for elderly in the same way that they take care of Nelson Mandela.
· Be a real African and stop being a coconut.
· Police should take off their uniform when instructed to kill innocent people.
· Whites should love EFF because it will tell them the truth.
· We can’t only have reconciliation when a rugby match is being played.
· Black journalists in newsrooms should use the power of pen they have to fight white supremacy.
· Your vote will save lives. If you don't vote, those who are registered will and will put the ANC back into power.
· Teacher should strike after 2pm. When you strike after school the children will join you.
· There is an EFF ideology in every black person we should not suppress that EFF ideology but let it come out.
As I have said before, in Burkina Faso they had their Thomas Sankara; Cuba had their Fidel Castro; Venezuela had Hugo Chávez; Zimbabwe had their Robert Mugabe; China had their Mao Zedong and in South Africa we have our very own young vibrant Julius Malema. Malema is a president in waiting and this is what most South Africans need to start dealing with. The sooner we all deal with this, the better it will be for all of us.
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