Chants for ‘Juju! Juju!’ as EFF rally gets under way

2015-07-25 14:58

Rustenburg - Chants of “Juju! Juju! Juju!” rang out as Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema arrived at the Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg for the party's second anniversary rally on Saturday.

He was accompanied by his deputy Floyd Shivambo, and chairperson and well known senior advocate Dali Mpofu SC.

Earlier, supporters had breached security and invaded the pitch to get a better view of Malema and the other officials.

They out-ran the marshals who attempted to stop them but were finally stopped by the high steel barriers in front of the stage.

Marshals stood between the group and the steel barriers.

35 000 people

A New24 correspondent said the rush was to get a better view of proceedings, expected to be topped by a speech delivered by Malema who calls himself the ''Commander in Chief'' of the party.

The starting time for Malema's speech has shifted over the course of the day, with 14:00 given as the last starting time for about 35 000 people who had already gathered in the 45 000 seater stadium.

People had streamed in from early on Saturday morning to celebrate after the party was co-founded by a group of African National Congress Youth League members who had been kicked out of the ruling party.

The party surprised with over one million votes in the 2014 general elections and securing 6.35% of the vote.

The party was launched in 2013 on a koppie in Marikana where miners had gathered during a massive platinum miners' strike in Rustenburg. It was one of the sites of the confrontation with police on August 16, 2010 which led to 34 miners being killed.

Self-described revolutionaries

Mpofu was the legal representative for the families of many of the miners killed.

The party describes itself as: “...A radical and militant economic emancipation movement that brings together revolutionary, fearless, radical, and militant activists, workers’ movements, nongovernmental organisations, community-based organisations and lobby groups under the umbrella of pursuing the struggle for economic emancipation.”

Since its arrival in Parliament, in red boiler suits, instead of the usual formal attire of MPs, they have brought changes and challenges to the previously soporific sittings, as they constantly rise on points of order, resist orders to leave the House, and chant ''Pay back the Money'' to President Jacob Zuma over the spending on upgrades to Zuma's home in Nkandla.

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