Mixed reactions to EFF's Mpofu ahead of manifesto launch

2016-04-27 20:29
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - A street vendor selling facecloths, cellphone covers and pegs in the parking lot of a small shopping complex in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, said he was not moved by the EFF's visit to the area on Freedom Day on Wednesday.

"We have had... people from the ANC coming here. They make a lot of promises but nothing ever changes," said the vendor who was not prepared to give his name. 

Just a few minutes earlier, he had smiled and chatted with the EFF chair, Dali Mpofu. 

Mpofu was joined by a handful of the party's members in a walkabout around the complex where they handed out pamphlets advertising their gathering at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday where the party is expected to deliver its manifesto. 

Mpofu approached several people in the complex, urging them to come and hear what the EFF has to offer. He got a warm response from most of them. Others however, were not so keen. 

Mpofu approached one woman as she got out of her car, dressed in a DA T-shirt. 

"No, no, no," the woman said, laughing as she tried to run away from Mpofu. 

Mpofu, however, went after her, asking her to share with him why she had chosen the DA. 

"It's my right, it's my right," she replied. 

She agreed to pose for a picture with Mpofu. He offered her his red beret but she laughed and refused to accept it. 

News24 caught up with the woman later as she left the complex. 

Asked how she felt about Mpofu's visit to the centre, she said she was not a fan of the EFF. 

"Malema is causing havoc and he has also driven the Guptas out of the country. How many people will lose their jobs?" the woman asked, walking towards her car.

Mpofu hailed his 20-minute walkabout as a success. 

He said it was important for people to see that the party was able to come to the people where they were.

Meanwhile, the party's events in Orange Farm were cancelled.

Malema had been scheduled to speak at the events but cancelled his engagements following the death of his aunt.

 

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