13 blistering quotes from Malema at EFF manifesto launch

2016-04-30 21:00
EFF supporters welcome Julius Malema. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

EFF supporters welcome Julius Malema. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg -  The Economic Freedom Fighters on Saturday launched their local government election manifesto to a 40 000 capacity crowd at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

The EFF – currently the third largest political party in South Africa – will be contesting the local government elections for the first time.

Here are 13 highlights from the party's commander-in-chief, Julius Malema's, nearly two-hour address:

1.  Telling President Jacob Zuma to leave office:

"I am whispering to you, Zuma, wherever you are, those soldiers are going to turn their guns against you… leave office before the soldiers turn against you. The army is EFF."

2. The EFF's position on violence:

"We are not provoking violence.  We are the most peaceful organisation. We fight in Parliament.  We fight in court…we will never start any violence.  We will never... [aim] guns at innocent people.  But anyone who comes with violence and thinks that they can intimidate with violence – we will defend ourselves… We are not scared of war; neither are we scared of violence."

3. On Police Minister Nathi Nhleko recent announcement that the Hawks would investigate Malema's comments that the EFF would remove the government "through the barrel of a gun":

"I only speak the truth to power... Since when is the truth treason? Anyone who wants to arrest me here, I am here. You can arrest me now."

4. On the guiding principles behind the party’s local election manifesto:

 "This is not a Malema manifesto, but a people's one, filled with their demands."

5. On one of the reasons why proper housing is needed:

"I want the parents to touch each other without the disturbance of the children. I want you to reproduce…we want you to be a proper family with a proper roof."

6.  A comparison between a good councillor and a bad one:

"A councillor of the EFF must love reading. You must read everything… A councillor can't get drunk and pee on the side of the street in front of children."

7. On priorities for municipalities:

"[The] EFF government will not build bicycle lanes as long as people still live in shacks…We want to build houses and roads before bicycle lanes. Let's get our priorities straight. Let the rich be patient while we give services to the poor."

8. On the EFF's land appropriation without compensation policy and the country's whites:

"Land must not only be available to the white minority. [Yet] We are not chasing the whites away. We are saying you have too much land… Don't go away. We want you here in SA. We will learn from you and you will learn from us, but 80% of the land belongs to us."

9. Medical advice for State Security Minister David Mahlobo:

"You don't look healthy and a body that is not healthy cannot have a healthy mind.  Go look after that stomach… That stomach is hiding everything… You are a small boy… You are an intelligence minister who is not intelligent."

10. On his party's perception that the upcoming elections is really only a two-horse race:

"Everyone else is wasting time… [the] ANC failed to fill Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. We have beaten them. We are contesting against the ANC and no one else. Not any other Mickey Mouse party. Bring it on, we are ready for you. We are not scared of you."

11. On the Electoral Commission of SA's role in the upcoming election:

"There is a third party who is contesting against us – the IEC… I want to warn the IEC, please be like the judiciary and be independent. You stole our votes in Alexandra. We defeated the ANC in Gauteng in 2014. They stole our votes."

 12.  On the EFF's position as an alarm clock in Parliament:

"I am happy to report to you that Parliament is no longer a sleeping place… They used to sleep in Parliament, but we have woken them up… Even [President Jacob] Zuma used to sleep in Parliament, but today the old man is always awake because there is no bed of roses for Zuma in Parliament."

13. Some parting words:

"We are the government in waiting. This is our country. We are reclaiming the legacy of Winnie Mandela... Robert Sobukwe… Chris Hani.  This is not for me. This is not for us... This is for you poor black people in the shacks… This is for the black nation… This is a socialist movement that is unstoppable." 

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  local elections 2016

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