Blood won’t make an EFF government, only a cross will - Malema warns against violence

2019-02-02 19:51
EFF supporters at the Manifesto launch in Pretoria. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

EFF supporters at the Manifesto launch in Pretoria. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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EFF leader Julius Malema has put out an emphatic plea calling for tolerance among political parties ahead of the general elections set to take place in May.

Malema wrapped up the EFF's 2019 elections manifesto launch cautioning his own members against using violence as they traverse the country to spread the word from their little red manifesto booklet, which was handed out in hard copy and distributed via social media and online.

"There must be no violence anywhere because of elections," said an impassioned Malema.

"Blood won't make EFF government, only a cross," he continued.

Ahead of that he highlighted the "commitments" the EFF would see implement, should South Africa's voting electorate put its faith in the red berets.

Corruption monitoring institutions

Malema also used the opportunity to touch on some of the current developments unfolding in the country.

He said his party would pay special attention to the protection and the independence of the Public Protector, the Auditor-General and all other corruption monitoring institutions to independently oversee government programmes.

Malema, commenting on the new National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi, who marked her first day in office on Friday, expressed distrust in her ability to act independently and suggested she was linked to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"I don't think they were helping anything there, they were appointing her to protect the crimes of Pravin Gordhan and the cabal which is aligned with Pravin Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa," suggested Malema.

He said an EFF government would appoint an independent head of public prosecutions, warning his own that the party would take harsh steps to deal with them if they were ever found to have stolen from taxpayers, including taking their pension funds and throwing them into jail.

"When you steal as an EFF member you embarrass us and make us look like the thieves in the ANC," said Malema.

On the SABC and Eskom, Malema spoke of a need to strengthen the two, suggesting that several methods should be considered when it came to assisting the electricity provider find its footing, all the while rejecting the idea of independent power producers.

"When we take over we will strengthen all types of methods to generate energy, even nuclear. Not [Jacob] Zuma's one of theft, proper nuclear energy which will not cripple the economy of South Africa," said Malema.

"If it's expensive we'll do it bit by bit until we find an alternative," he said.

Some of the big plans set out by the EFF will rely on beneficiation of the country’s minerals and a sovereign wealth fund, which would see the party’s government investing its money in numerous projects around the globe in order to finance free schooling and housing.

Malema, of course, did not leave out the media. The EFF commander-in-chief and his party has been at odds with members of the media, with the party' s leader even expressing a desire to no longer have certain publications at its events.

A number of journalists have been harassed on social media and even confronted in person after some of the EFF's inflammatory comments.

On Saturday, Malema said journalists should not descend into the arena of politics and if they did so they needed to realise they became politicians,

He said an EFF government would not call for the media to be regulated.

"Report whichever way you want, whether you are telling the truth or lying, that’s your business. Our people know their leaders," said Malema.

He called on journalists to stop being "praise singers for politicians".

"Abandon politicians and come back to journalism," said Malema.

Malema said the red berets would have no issue with the media reporting on his party but would call out journalists who lied.

"When you don't have the facts don't write, don't write for the sake of writing," he warned, saying this often destroyed lives.

"Media freedom under EFF will be guaranteed," he said.

The leader encouraged his supporters to wear red every Friday in preparation of their victory at the polls.

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