EFF leader Julius Malema has slammed the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa for not supporting black people and not hearing their concerns.
Malema was addressing party members at the Saulsville Arena in Atteridgeville in Pretoria as part of Freedom Day celebrations on Tuesday. He said the ANC was responsible for the lack of basic services that black people experience today because of corruption. “They stole the little that we had and ate it with their kids, wives and husbands. Even their concubines have gained weight because of stolen money meant for our people,” he said.
He compared Ramaphosa to former ANC leader Nelson Mandela who was against white dominance and said Ramaphosa was not against it.
“There is EFF in every black person, even in Mandela. He used to complain about white dominance of the economy and the land. I’m not sure if Ramaphosa has EFF in him. I don’t see any smallest EFF in Ramaphosa. I see everything white in Ramaphosa.
“When black people speak and make input in this country, they are treated like those family members who are sent to get water, while rich family members make decisions,” he said.
“When black people make an input, they’re asked who they are and how much they will contribute. Which tax will you pay? What do you have? That’s how we’re being treated, we have nothing, we have no land, no education, no power at all.”
Malema said the party’s event was not a celebration, but “a meeting of survivors” who witnessed fellow South Africans dying in their numbers.
“They said we must wash our hands, but with what are we going to wash our hands with, when we don’t have water? And without washing hands we survived and are here today.
“We saw many of our people dying along the way, not because they were reckless or not complying, but because there was no water to wash hands. There was no soap or sanitiser. There was nothing.”
Malema claimed that the “sudden” announcement of the local government elections date last week was meant to catch the EFF and other parties “off guard”.
The red berets were among those discussing the possible postponement of the elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malema said Ramaphosa mistook their objections as fear. He questioned how the elections would be held while adhering to Covid-19 restrictions.
“We said, let us postpone the elections because we want to see the behaviour of this pandemic because elections are rallies, elections are door-to-door. How can you do elections without door-to-door [campaigning]? How can we do elections without rallies?
“He said we must go to elections. There is no one that is going to tell us we are many here [today] after we told them not to go to elections,” he told a packed stadium.
He called on the elderly to stop enabling corruption by continuing to vote for the governing party.
“The people who are selling us out today are our grandfathers and grandmothers. They are keeping these people in government. The ANC has admitted the youth vote is for the EFF.
“They are looked after by grandfathers and grandmothers. The very same grandfathers and mothers owe electricity which the ANC switches off. They can’t afford to pay.
“But when they say by-elections are taking place, they are the first ones to go to vote for the ANC. Dear grandfathers and grandmothers, are you not feeling sorry for your children? You are sitting with children who went to school but are unemployed.
“Where is your conscience? You are giving thieves an opportunity to steal the jobs of your children,” he added.
He criticised the elderly for calling the EFF “disrespectful” and threatening not to vote for it when the party calls out ANC leaders for wrongdoing.
“Continue voting for lies. We are not going to lie because we want you to vote for us,” he said.
Malema lamented his party’s lack of support from the elderly who he said came to the EFF when they needed help, only to turn their backs on his party at the voting booth.
“I have seen elderly people who lie through their teeth. Whenever they need help they come to the EFF, but when they get to a ballot, they vote for the ANC,” he said.
“We stand for black people. We will help them so they can be liberated,” he said.