Julius Malema: I fought like a bulldog fighting for a bone

2014-05-07 11:12

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Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema says he is a new chapter that all South Africans will enjoy reading.

He was speaking to journalists at the Mponegele Primary School polling station in Seshego, Limpopo, where he and his grandmother, Sarah Malema, voted this morning. He said that many people were disappointed to see him survive.

“Many are disappointed. They thought that I am history, but no, I’m a new chapter to be read by all South Africans. I fought like a bulldog fighting for a bone”.

The EFF, he said, ran a successful campaign and was looking forward to emerging victorious after the elections. But even if the party does not win the elections, he said he would not be bitter as he formed the party and started campaigning only about months ago.

“This is a party to look for in the future. If we don’t emerge [victorious], we won’t be bitter. We seek to change history. If we don’t win, it won’t be a shock. If we win, it will be the first time in history that an eight-month-old party wins elections.”

The EFF, he said, would become his political home for the rest of his life. “It will be the new journey for the rest of my life,” he said, adding that the rot in the ANC had made it easier for him to form the party.

Malema also took time to praise the IEC. “We are happy with the IEC, the queues are moving. If the elections were conducted like this across the country, we will be happy with the results.”

His 86-year-old grandmother said she was happy with how Malema had turned out. “I thank God for helping me raise him. He has always been a respectful child,” she said.

Malema, who has lost a lot of weight, was flanked by his old friends, Jacob Lebogo and Limpopo EFF coordinator Jossie Buthane. A large police contingent had been deployed at the station to maintain peace.

Earlier this morning, ANC and EFF supporters exchanged heated words over the governing party’s decision to distribute party T-shirts next to the polling station.

The EFF had threatened to mobilise its own supporters and bring them closer to the station. However, the police defused the standoff by urging both parties to exercise restraint.

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