'He is so funny and when he talks I listen' - 12-year-old EFF supporter on Malema

2016-04-30 19:00
EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - EFF supporters, including some as young as 12, made their way to Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, where Julius Malema launched the party's election manifesto.

The roar of the 40 000 capacity crowd could be heard from kilometers away as supporters donned the party's characteristic red colours.

Malema's wide-ranging address included threats against President Jacob Zuma, suggestions for improved municipal services – including houses better suited for "touching" between parents - a diatribe against bicycle lanes, the promotion of reading, rhetoric on land redistribution, and a recitation of the EFF's parliamentary achievements.

One EFF supporter Xolile Ngwenya told News24 he came to hear the mandate from the party's leadership.

"We want change in Soweto. We want to see our country strive for black people and I believe that Malema and the EFF is the best party for the job," he said.

Ngwenya, who own a spaza shop in Orlando, said his business had not grown since the ANC came into power.

"I am still running a spaza shop. My family still stays in a shack. What more can the ANC do for me?" he asked.

Masetshaba Moroka said she was going to vote for the EFF because it cared about people.

"I come from Free State province but I live in Thembisa. The ANC has never came to us. The EFF has taken the time to listen to us and that shows me that they care," she said.

Moroka said she had burnt her ANC t-shirt when the EFF was formed three years ago. 

Twelve-year-old Thiza Ndlovu, who was dressed in an EFF T-shirt, said he came to see Malema.

"I love him. He is so funny and when he talks I listen. He said he can make life better for my family and I believe him."

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