Julius Malema: What will stop Pansy Tlakula from taking our votes?

2014-05-04 19:31

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Julius Malema has asked his supporters to closely watch Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula to ensure that she doesn’t tamper with votes.

Speaking to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters at the filled-to-capacity 28 000-seater Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville today, Malema urged his supporters to vote for his party on Wednesday.

He did not mention Tlakula by name – whom his party and other small opposition parties had unsuccessfully tried to interdict from running this week’s elections following adverse finding by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela – and referred to her as “that woman from the IEC”.

“To you older ones, if you find yourself confused, ask them to show where those with red berets are.

“We don’t want our people to go there and find themselves cheated out of an election. That woman from the IEC takes things [“watshopa”]. She can even take [“tshopa”] our votes.

“She did that to the building money [a reference to the lease scandal]. What will stop her from doing it to our votes?

“You should see the way she behaves when she sees [President Jacob] Zuma ... I think this person will steal our votes, beware of her,” he said.

Malema tried to appeal to every potential voter – from domestic workers to taxi drivers – by reminding them of many of the things he had promised in the EFF manifesto. This includes raising domestic workers’ salaries to R4 500 and formalising the taxi industry.

He promised houses to those who live in shacks, saying people who lived in shacks had not tasted economic freedom. “There is no freedom or democracy in a shack,” he said.

Similarly, he promised to champion gender rights.

“We are inspired by Winnie Mandela, why will we abandon women?” he said.

Malema promised to enter Parliament donning his overall and berets, saying those who wore ties couldn’t possibly do work. This pledge struck a chord with supporters, who cheered him.

He promised to liberate artists from the clutches of the ANC, saying he was aware that some were singing the ANC’s praises for fear of losing work. Among those who performed at his event were Busi, Kelly Khumalo, Tina and Sekeleke. Otherwise most of his acts were obscure groups.

However, he boasted about this, saying, unlike the ANC, he did not need big names to draw crowds to his events.

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