No Malema at rally

2015-05-21 06:00

Julius Malema did not come to the mass rally at Copesville sports field on Sunday.

PHOTO:supplied Julius Malema did not come to the mass rally at Copesville sports field on Sunday.

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OF the 7 000 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members that were expected at the mass rally at the Copesville sports field this past weekend, only 1 300 to 1 400 members showed up, said the party’s regional organiser Dumisani Shelembe­.

Shelembe alleged that the drop in numbers was due to shenanigans of ANC members, which was also the reason that EFF leader Julius Malema did not attend.

ANC secretary Mzi Zuma disputed the allegations, saying that members from the region had a door-to-door project planned for the Sunday morning.

“It’s a blatant lie - none of our members distracted or confronted members of the EFF. We had our door-to-door project planned for Sunday. None of our members had anything planned to disturb the mass rally of the EFF. We had our congregation near the Copesville police station. If we were there to cause harm we would have not gathered next to the police station.

“We were there for our own project, not to distract anyone. Our project went well and theirs should have gone well as planned because no one disturbed them,” said Zuma.

Instead of Malema, the rally was attended by EFF national treasurer Magdalene Moonsamy.

Shelembe said that one of the reasons Malema­ did not attend was because they have been tipped off about the plans of the ANC.

“The rally did go well, but our numbers decreased­ from what we were expecting. The reason was that the ANC members had mobilised people from zone four and zone five.

“We were also expecting our members from those wards.

“This will not discourage us. In June we are planning to have a rally at Wadley Stadium or at the Dambuza sports ground.

“With our Siyagijima campaign, we have targeted­ to have 5 000 new EFF members,” said Shelembe

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