Malema: EFF will not disappoint

2014-05-17 18:35
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd at a rally at Innesfree Park in Sandton. (D Morkel, Sapa)

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd at a rally at Innesfree Park in Sandton. (D Morkel, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters will not disappoint those who voted for them in the fifth national democratic elections, leader Julius Malema said on Saturday.

"We believe that we represent the hope of the hopeless masses of our people and we will not disappoint you," he told hundreds gathered at Innesfree Park in Sandton. "The best of the best will represent you."

Hundreds of EFF supporters cheered and ululated as Malema arrived and joined at the front of the stage to hear him speak.

Malema, dressed in a navy suit and white shirt, arrived shortly after 3pm.

Some clad in Economic Freedom Fighters attire formed a human shield from the park gate leading to the stage as his car pulled up.

'Thank you very much'

The crowd shouted, "Juju, Juju, Juju" as he walked by.

Malema thanked everyone who voted for the party.

"We are very, very, very happy... that you have supported us," he said. "Thank you very much. You are brave, you are not scared.... Thank you very much for your courage."

As Malema spoke, a woman in the crowd shouted: "Thanks to you."

The party placed third in the 2014 general election, securing 6.35% of the vote with 1 169 259 votes.

People were waving EFF posters and their berets in the air as he spoke. Malema said those who voted for the EFF voted for change and progress. He said that the EFF leadership would be made to sign contracts to ensure that if they don't perform they could be recalled.

"You can recall me anytime, I will not take you to court. This position belongs to the EFF and not an individual," he said to a cheering crowd. "If I don't deliver, you can recall me."

He said the party was sending people to parliament that would use parliament money to strengthen the party.

EFF leadership should raise money to better the life for people, Malema said.

"We can't build houses but we must try to give our people dignity before we are government," he said. "We are not government but we must help the poor."

'We will serve you'

Hundreds of people gathered at the park since 10am, some arriving in buses, to celebrate the results. Malema said it was not to celebrate but people had to relax because they worked hard.

"We are very proud of you. We will serve you," he said. We are ready to die for you. Your suffering is our suffering. Your pain is our pain. Your misery is our misery." Malema said the EFF would not rest until they get a better life for the people of South Africa.

Malema thanked the leadership who stood by him and said the EFF was not a branch of the African National Congress Youth League. He said no one should fight for positions within the party and that all leaders were equal.

There are no seniors in the EFF, he said.
Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2014

SIU head resigns

35 minutes ago

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go! - shop online today

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Lego sale!

Buy 2 or more Lego toys and get 15% off. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


Spontaneity and bright ideas are emphasized today but there is a tendency to be too impulsive and you may want to keep a handle more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.