Fiery Malema draws crowd

2016-06-29 06:00
JULIUS MALEMA addresses a crowd at the Seochoareng Circle in Galeshewe, Kimberley, on Monday (27/06). Photo: Christiaan Cloete

JULIUS MALEMA addresses a crowd at the Seochoareng Circle in Galeshewe, Kimberley, on Monday (27/06). Photo: Christiaan Cloete

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THE Galeshewe-based Seochoareng Circle was a hive of activity when local residents from the Francis Baard District gathered to listen to the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, addressing his supporters.

It was not only EFF supporters in their red T-shirts and berets who crowded the clearing right under the statue of Nelson Mandela and the billboard of Jacob Zuma, but also supporters of opposition parties.

Malema is reported to have the youth on his side, but elderly people, who also attended the rally, showed a lot of interest, as they wanted to hear what the EFF promised them.

Malema did not let many down, as he touched on and elaborated on poor people’s daily challenges that they faced.

Regarding the youth, he lashed out at ANC leaders for stealing taxpayers’ money while unemployment is escalating in the province.

Accusing ANC leaders of adultery, theft and corruption, Malema lashed out.

“They continue to propose to women in exchange for jobs, RDP houses and allocation of bursaries to the youth, while there is an increase in substance abuse and crime amongst the youth.”

Malema promised, in exchange for EFF votes, to start getting the housing list in order and promised transparency for residents to get quality RDP houses.

He further accused the ANC of making its supporters wear party T-shirts for 22 years without getting jobs and improving their lives.

He said it was about time that the youth, whether they were EFF or not, got decent jobs based on their identity documents and their qualifications.

“Not because you were seen shouting in the streets, ‘fighter, fighter, fighter, mara skolo . . . dololo’. Go to school. Firstly, because being a fighter is not enough to rebuild this economy that went down.”

According to Malema, the reason why workers on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) do not get decent pay, is due to money being stolen.

He urged the people not to be grateful for the “matchboxes” that are referred to as RDP houses, which are just glorified shacks.

Elaborating on the poor quality of government RDP houses, Malema said that apartheid-led RDP houses were much better, as many generations were raised inside them.

“The apartheid RDP houses in Galeshewe are still standing strongly, while our current government’s houses are collapsing all the time. Then they say ‘we have delivered.’ Delivered what?

“We are not saying apartheid is good, we are saying apartheid is ugly.

“But the recent RDP houses are uglier than the apartheid houses. It is even worse than the apartheid houses.

“How can you build a house after 1994 and the house does not have a toilet, or has a toilet that is outside the house?”

Malema compared Galeshewe residents who have outside toilets to tourists who go to the Big Hole.

“Going to the toilet is not part of tourism, but it must be there for you to solve it quick, quick,” said Malema while demonstrating in a sitting position to the cheering crowd.

He explained that having a flushing toilet, clean water and a solid roof over your head were what was needed.

Malema emphasised that the restoration of the dignity of black people in South Africa was supposed to happen in 1994, but it has not happened until today.

He told the masses that there was no longer an ANC in the Northern Cape.

“That is why the likes of Shadrack Tlhaole left the ANC.

“It is no more,” he said.

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