Rustenburg - About 1 000 EFF supporters gathered in Freedom
Park near Rustenburg ahead of the arrival of party leader Julius Malema on
The group, dressed in red berets and red T-shirts, danced in
front of an Economic Freedom Fighters' branded truck, ready for Malema's last
push to garner votes for his party.
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"Re ka selese maburu a re tseela lefatshe re leteng,
joina Malema" (We cannot allow the boers to take our land, join Malema),
Malema was expected to make door-to-door visits before
addressing supporters at a sports ground, which is 400m from a community hall
that was torched on 27 April.
An election rally to be addressed by Sport Minister Fikile
Mbalula was planned at the hall before violence forced its cancellation. Two
houses belonging to councillors were set alight and shops looted.
Malema would also campaign in Marikana, where 44 people were
killed during a violent strike in the area in 2012. Thirty-four people were
killed when police fired on them on August 16 that year. Ten people, including
two police officers and two security guards, died in the preceding week.
Freedom Park is near Impala Platinum's (Implats) mining
operations and Marikana is close to Lonmin's mines.
Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction
Union (Amcu) at Implats, Lonmin, and Anglo American Platinum have been on
strike since 23 January demanding a R12 500 basic salary per month.
A singing group of Amcu members arrived at the meeting venue
waving sticks and umbrellas.
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