Malema threatens to shut down Joburg businesses

2014-07-27 12:17

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Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is planning a mass action big enough to shut down businesses in Johannesburg when his supporters return to protest against the ban on overalls in the Gauteng legislature.

According to the Sunday Times, Malema’s planned protest will make Tuesday’s chaotic rally look like a picnic in the park.

In an interview with the newspaper, Malema boasted about how influential his party had become in a year.

He went on to say that the EFF is planning another march on the legislature – which would see about 50 000 of his supporters attend.

He said: “We will shut down business in this Johannesburg. Once business in Johannesburg is shut down, it means business in the whole of Africa has stopped.”

Meanwhile, Malema addressed a couple of thousand supporters on Saturday at Thokoza Park in Soweto.

They had gathered to celebrate the party’s one year anniversary.

In the big leagues

In his address he said that although the EFF was only a year old it was already playing in the big leagues with opponents who had extensive experience.

Malema then started mocking the African National Congress.

He said certain leaders of the ANC would not be remembered for the work they did for the public when they died.

"Even if they die, there is nothing you will remember about them except that they were making babies," said Malema.

He said the formation of the EFF had shaken the political landscape in the country and the ANC was feeling the pressure being exerted by the organisation.

"The ruling party is scared because they understand the message of the EFF," he said.

Malema said when the organisation was started, people were saying it was a Mickey Mouse venture and it would die out but they proved the naysayers wrong.

"... Now you can't listen to the media without the mention of the EFF. That is because EFF is a giant," Malema said.

He then lashed out at those attacking the party's regalia of overalls and domestic worker uniforms.

He said people should not be concerned about their attire but rather focus on the ideologies brought forward.

"We don't care what people wear. We care about their will to resolve issues of people on the ground. We want people who think and not 'domkops' (idiots) from the ANC," said Malema.

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