ANC 'not the alpha and omega of politics' – Malema

2013-07-14 14:00

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Malema tells people the EFF will come to power next year.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the governing ANC has become arrogant with power because it is guaranteed the majority of votes.

The expelled former ANC Youth League president told the people of Sebokeng, in southern Gauteng, yesterday that the ANC’s assertion that it will rule until Jesus’ second coming showed that it didn’t need their vote.

“The ANC is not the alpha and omega of politics. You are the alpha and omega of South African politics,” he told the crowd.

More than 500 people attended and some of them told Malema they would vote for him as they felt abandoned by the ANC.

A number of people came from the local Marikana housing scheme that they had forcibly occupied.

Tshepo Monare, a young resident, said to Malema: “A lot of us have long given up on the ANC. We see your harassment as an intervention by God as we have been waiting for long.”

Even a 70-year-old grandmother asked Malema to help her secure a low-cost house, saying she had been on the waiting list since 2000.

She explained that she shares a shelter without running water and electricity.

Others complained of youth unemployment and drug abuse.

Malema told the community that they would not win the war against drugs like nyaope as long as unemployment was rife.

“They use it to while time away. Fighting those who use nyaope doesn’t solve the problem. We need to get them jobs and education.”

He said politicians and their children should use public facilities, such as state schools and hospitals, to improve the quality of the services they offer.

Politicians should also live among those they lead to reduce the costs they incur on travelling, he said.

Taking a swipe at President Jacob Zuma, Malema said Zuma does not need a big motorcade as he faced no security threat.

He said people should not be scared of voting against Zuma as he cannot cut their welfare grant.

“He has no money. He took your money to build a R300?million home. Zuma built a cattle enclosure with government funds for R1?million. What kind of cattle are these?” he said.

Malema faces criminal charges relating to his involvement in the dispensing of Limpopo tenders, and could do jail time if he is found guilty.

The SA Revenue Service has already auctioned off his house and farm to pay off his R16?million tax bill.

He told his supporters that he would fight for their “economic freedom” and said he would not make a “U-turn” even if he loses.

Later on in Sasolburg, Free State, where the ANC bused in its volunteers to gather a few kilometres from the EFF event, Malema supporters sang that they would overthrow Zuma’s government and that Malema needed more “soldiers”.

The EFF is expected to hold its national assembly in Soweto at the end of the month, where it is expected to decide whether or not to establish a political party.

Malema told residents of Zamdela, outside Sasolburg, where 4?000 had gathered to listen to him, that their Metsimaholo municipality should not be merged with the Parys-based Ngwathe council without their consent.

He said the EFF will come to power next year and return their Premier Ace Magashule back to Parys.

Magashule has been accused of pushing for the merger of the two municipalities, which sparked violent protests in Zamdela a few months ago.

Malema (32) said those who were “stealing” money from the electorate had learnt from their father and biggest thief, Zuma.

He accused Zuma of using millions

in state money to build his home, and said he had even built his wife a spaza shop worth R500?000.

“If you vote for them next year, you are voting for expensive spaza shops for wives and kids,” he said.

Kenny Kunene urged supporters to accept food parcels from rival politicians, but spare their vote for the EFF.

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