Build communities, don’t do social work for show – Julius Malema

2014-07-18 08:23

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Economic Freedom Fighters branches should work towards building their communities, party leader Julius Malema has said.

“In all schools in your branches, create food gardens,” Malema said yesterday in Sepedi.

“Go and clean old age homes. Not just tomorrow, because it’s Mandela Day,” he said, adding that EFF members should not do social work for show, like many of the country’s celebrities.

He was speaking at a public lecture at the University of Limpopo’s Medunsa campus situated in Ga-Rankuwa, outside Pretoria. The lecture was attended by thousands of people, mostly dressed in the party’s red regalia.

Malema said the party’s MPs had adopted schools and communities which they helped.

“It’s very nice to change a life,” Malema told the crowd.

“Even if it’s just one person. It feels good.”

He called on the party’s citizens to be “exemplary”.

Addressing some of his party member’s concerns, Malema said it was okay for them to challenge those in power.

“Challenge authority in a dignified manner,” he said.

He called on the branch leaders to help members who had been fired from their municipal jobs allegedly because of their affiliation to the EFF.

Some of those attending the lecture told Malema they had been denied basic services because of their affiliation to the party.

Others claimed to have been waiting for years on end for RDP housing, toilets, electricity and water and the ANC had failed to deliver.

“There’s no justification as to why residents of Gauteng should be without electricity and water because this is Gauteng. It has all the [resources],” said Malema.

He called on his party members to stand up for what they believed in.

“Don’t be crybabies. You must fight,” said Malema.

Malema assured his members that he and the party’s MPs had their best interests at heart.

“We are not there for clothes but to work,” Malema said.

“Others are drowning in debt looking like they are on a ramp ... at the opening of parliament, others dress like they are going to a matric dance,” he said in Sepedi.

“Parliament is made to look like some heaven where ordinary people are not acceptable,” he told the approving audience. “We are changing that.”

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