We are a leaderless country – Julius Malema

2014-08-30 09:04

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South Africa is in crisis and lacks leadership, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said.

“We have no leadership. We are a leaderless country,” he told about 100 of the EFF’s members, most of them women, last night in Boksburg, on the East Rand, at an event to celebrate women’s month.

“We have no Parliament in South Africa and no government.”

He urged his party’s supporters to remain resolute and become involved in politics to build the country. He said the country needed women leaders.

“If you’re going to give up then you’re leaving us in trouble. Never lose hope, because tomorrow is going to be better,” he said.

Malema urged his audience to emulate the likes of ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and stand up for women in society. He said a women’s wing of the EFF would be launched after the party’s national conference later this year.

He called on supporters not to be like other parties and engage in “down pulling syndrome”.

“Never be divided by petty politics. In the EFF we respect you and you are our equals. Never behave like people who are inferior,” he said.

Malema criticised the ANC for its treatment of Madikizela-Mandela. He said she was the only woman from the anti-apartheid struggle not to have been awarded Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe.

The ANC describes it as the highest honour awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

Isithwalandwe, translated, means “the one who wears the plumes of the rare bird”.

“Winnie is the mother of the nation. They [ANC] call her names, but when there are areas they can’t enter they call her. It is because they don’t value her,” he said.

The night started with EFF members singing about President Jacob Zuma and the money spent on his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

“u Zuma o thate i mali yethu” [Zuma has taken our money], they sang as they waited for Malema to arrive.

The song was a reference to the R246 million spent on security upgrades at Nkandla. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended in her report on Nkandla that Zuma repay that part of the money not spent on security features, like a swimming pool, cattle kraal, and visitors’ centre.

Last Thursday EFF MPs disrupted questions to Zuma in the National Assembly by chanting “pay back the money”.

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