Don't vote for 'little Zumas', Malema tells students

2015-09-16 10:13
Julius Malema. Picture Nasief Manie/Foto24

Julius Malema. Picture Nasief Manie/Foto24

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Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema and the ANC's Malusi Gigaba were in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday ahead of SRC elections at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The hashtag #NMMUSRC15 trended on Tuesday night after Economic Freedom Fighters' Malema reportedly told students not to vote for the SA Students Congress (Sasco) because they would be voting for "little Zumas", the Herald newspaper quoted him as saying.

In a video recording of Malema, seen on the party's official Twitter account, Malema is heard telling students to vote responsibly.

"It is your responsibility to open the hearts and minds and ears of our people. For far too long our people have been misled, for far too long our people have been emotionally blackmailed."

According to the tweets, Malema also told students not to be afraid to vote for the EFF.

"They could not keep Solomon Mahlangu in prison because prison would not have changed him. With a rope on his neck before they killed him, Sol Mahlangu said 'Tell my people I love them'. Why are you scared?"

Home Affairs Minister and ANC national executive committee member Gigaba was also on the campus to remind students how important participating in the elections were.

He told students it was their democratic responsibility to partake in the elections, SABC News reported.

"It is important for young people to participate in elections. Not only because they need to learn about democracy, and imbue and imbibe democratic practices, but also because elections are about the type of future we want, to have a future that the students want and who they think will lead them to that future," he said.

Some on Twitter said the ANC had made an impromptu decision to send Gigaba to the university after hearing that Malema would be there to address students.

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