Polokwane – Water, sanitation, and street lights.
These are some of the basic services the EFF intends to ensure Limpopo residents have. The party has been drumming up support in the province and is confident of wresting control of all its 25 municipalities from the ANC.
“We are expecting to take all the municipalities of Limpopo because of the work we have done on the ground,” provincial co-ordinator Jossey Buthane told News24.
“The people of Limpopo have shown great interest in the EFF before it was even a year old. They gave the EFF six seats in the legislature when there were no structures in place.
“Now we have the structures. There are developments that we brought to politics in South Africa and we have lived up to the commitments we made to our people.”
Buthane said the party’s rapid growth was testimony that South Africans wanted change. The party turns three at the end of July.
He said the party would go back to basics and ensure municipalities provided services for the people. Pensioners, the unemployed, and child-headed households were suffering.
“Our people have been saying these municipalities are treating them like Pick n Pay, where when you can't pay you must not get services.”
At present, municipalities did not seem to care, he said.
“What they care about is generating revenue, milking blood from the poor people of Limpopo.”
Driving through the many villages in the province and the townships, the lack of development is glaring. Pit toilets, gravel roads, potholes in some tarred roads, and unemployment have led many to question the purpose of voting.
Limpopo is expected to be one of the most hotly-contested provinces in the country, given that EFF leader Julius Malema was born and raised in Seshego, Polokwane. Vehicles in the city are decorated with the party’s colours or Malema’s picture.
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