Only 2 parties that count in SA - Malema

2016-04-30 16:00
EFF supporters welcome Julius Malema. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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

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AS IT HAPPENED: Malema's spirited speech in Orlando Stadium

2016-04-30 14:00

Watch as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addressed thousands at Orlando Stadium, Soweto on Saturday.WATCH

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema says there are only two parties that should contest the elections in South Africa - the ANC and EFF.

"Everyone else is wasting time," Malema said to loud applause from thousands of supporters at Orlando Stadium in Soweto during the launch of the party's election manifesto. 

"We don’t compete against anyone else but the ANC."

Malema said the EFF was already winning, as they had managed to fill Orlando Stadium. He said people were still fighting outside to get in while he was speaking.

"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," he said to another round of cheers and ululations. 

"We are reclaiming the legacy of Winnie Mandela, Robert Sobukwe. The black nation must be proud. This is for the poor people. This is for you, Africa." 

Malema said people should accept that they could never defeat the black nation. He maintained that his party was being funded by black people and that no white person was pulling strings in the background.

"This is a party for black people. This is a socialist party that is unstoppable," said Malema.

Earlier, he took a jab at the DA, mentioning a banner that it had flown over the stadium. 

"This is a real banner," he said, in reference to an EFF banner at the stadium, "not that Mickey Mouse banner that was flying here".

While the DA banner was flying above the stadium, an SMS reportedly from the DA was distributed around the country.  It read: "EFF wants to bring back violence and chaos. They're too extreme to be trusted to govern SA."

Earlier on Saturday that DA issued a statement  calling on Malema to apologise during his manifesto launch for various controversial statements made in the past.

"I today challenge… Malema, to use the opportunity of live coverage to apologise to South Africa as a whole for his radical and hateful statements which have over many years sought to divide South Africa," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said in a statement.

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