Dali Mpofu on Gayton McKenzie’s open letter: ‘I don’t read that kind of trash’

2014-04-24 15:29

“Trash” is how Gauteng premier candidate for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Dali Mpofu has described Gayton McKenzie’s open letter to party leader Julius Malema.

“I don’t read that kind of rubbish. Is that guy a leader?” he said.

Mpofu was speaking in Joburg earlier today at the launch of his plan for the first 100 days in office as Gauteng premier. “We don’t have time for that nonsense,” he said in reference to the letter.

In his open letter, McKenzie, a leader of the Patriotic Alliance and a former associate of Malema’s, says Malema is no revolutionary because he shops at Louis Vuitton.

“For most of my younger years I was surrounded by con men and thieves. But you are the biggest thief I ever met. You, truly, are the Con-mander in Thief,” McKenzie, an ex-convict, said of Malema. “The difference between you and me is that you use politics to take money from the poor,” he wrote.

Mpofu said: “We are serious here. We are talking about two weeks leading up to governing the most important province in Africa. We don’t have time to pay attention to such a letter.”

He also warned that, should any MECs under him “entertain such gimmicks” when the EFF took over the province, they would be fired.

Mpofu went on to reveal how he planned to destroy e-tolls “physically”, eradicate police brutality and stop corruption. “There has been a 20-year delay. There is no time for over planning. We need to hit the ground running,” he said.

He has promised to:

» Create a task team that will combat and prevent crime;

» Open youth entrepreneurship centres with free office space and Wi-Fi for start-up youth business; and

» Launch a land audit investigation and identify land for expropriation plus distribution, within 100 days.

The plan also introduced a new social grant for all terminally ill South Africans. They will receive a R2 500 monthly grant from an EFF-run government.

Mpofu was asked if convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik would qualify for the grant.

He said: “It doesn’t say all non-corrupt South Africans. The only issue won’t be whether he’s [Shaik] corrupt, but rather whether he is terminally ill. That’s where the doubt will come.”

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