EFF president Julius Malema used the party’s last rally to thank the party’s structures and its “ground forces” for running a “disciplined” campaign ahead of the local government elections on Monday.
Malema addressed thousands of the party’s supporters in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni on Friday. He told them that following the party’s successful campaign, the EFF was guaranteed a decisive victory in the elections.
“I am really humbled by your hard work. You have done everything humanly possible to persuade our people to vote for the revolution and there is no single national leader of the EFF and all commissioners who have not worked hard,” he said, addressing the leaders of the party.
He further thanked the party’s “ground forces” for working hard and not backing down even when they were insulted on behalf of the party.
“I am encouraged by your courage; your fearlessness is exactly what grounds us. We as the leadership of the EFF are convinced that our message has been received well by the voters of South Africa and we are sure that the EFF will receive a decisive victory,” he said.
‘Remember the devil’
Malema used the level 5 Covid-19 lockdown regulations to ridicule the ruling party and President Cyril Ramaphosa. He encouraged the party’s supporters to remember the lockdown regulations when voting on Monday.
He said churchgoers needed to remember that they could not attend church during lockdown “because of this nonsensical ANC”.
“When they go to vote on the 1st of November, they must know that Moria is still closed because of the ANC; they must know that the churches are still closed because of the lockdowns of the ANC. Only the EFF will open the churches and makes sure our people worship in peace,” said Malema to loud cheers.
He said in sickness, people not only need medical intervention but also prayers, but they could not pray because churches were closed.
“But the devil decided to close churches when we needed the church the most. Cyril Ramaphosa, the devil, will be speaking in Soweto and will be addressing people in their numbers today. ZCC [Zion Christian Church] cannot meet in the same numbers that political parties are meeting.”
He said people could also not watch football in stadiums because “the devil has decided to close stadiums and open the stadiums for political parties”.
He also said workers must remember the party that stood with them when they faced challenges with their employers.
“Remember the party you run to when you have problems at work on the 1st of November. There is only one party that stood with you …. if it was not for the EFF, the employers were going to steal your UIF money. The EFF saved your UIF money.”
Malema told the party’s supporters that they should not forget that they could not buy food during the lockdown, that those in the governing party gave food parcels to their families and that soldiers shot at them when they were walking around not wearing a mask.
“Remember the devil on the 1st of November,” he said.
He said the governing party had shown that it could not keep its promises that it has been making since 1994, and that instead it has been giving people t-shirts. He encouraged them not allow to be bought with t-shirts.
He also took a swipe at the mayors of City of Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, accusing them of being crooks. He said Mzwandile Masina failed to look after Katlehong even though he came from there and that the placed had fallen apart.
Malema also urged political parties to sign a pledge to provide services such as water and electricity to people despite their differences.