ANC leaders sleep in beautiful hotels 'on behalf of the masses' - Malema

2016-04-20 12:00
(Rodger Bosch, AFP)

(Rodger Bosch, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The ANC has lost touch with the poor, EFF leader Julius Malema told residents of Jabulani, Soweto on Tuesday evening. 

"They get into positions of power, they don't deliver to you because they think when they eat, that food translates to you somehow," he said. 

He said the ANC had lost its conscience because it had distanced itself from the people. 

"They sleep in beautiful hotels and they say they sleep on behalf of the masses. When we say people are complaining they say people are happy. That is why they came with a theme 'A good story to tell'. Conscienceness has left them," he said. 

Malema then took a swipe at Parliament, calling it a group with "colonial views".

"Parliament is preserved for a particular class of people. They wear ties and suits. If you don't dress like them you don't qualify... they continue with an inherited system of colonialism," he said. 

'We must repay Soweto'

Malema said there was nothing African about a 21-gun salute or a red carpet at the opening of Parliament. He said the EFF wears red overalls to challenge colonial views.

"Why is there no African activity in the main opening of Parliament? When you challenge this, you have a problem."

Malema asked Sowetans to reclaim their rights, saying they had been insulted by the ANC since 1994.

"They have given you a medal and that medal is prepaid water and electricity. What an insult to the heroic people of Soweto... You need to say it's enough," he said. 

"From heroes of the struggle, to entertainers of tourists, this Soweto is supposed to be world class. You fought against the most dangerous government and we must repay you." ‎

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