With only one day left for political parties to campaign for the municipal elections, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is pushing hard.
The party will host its final rally on Sunday at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, one of two provinces where the EFF is the official opposition.
And it seems its constituency has taken on a new shape.
EFF leaders have been criss-crossing the country in a bid to drum up support for the party which will be contesting municipal elections for the first time.
It is expecting capacity crowds in the province where it is hoping to cement its presence.
Party leader Julius Malema has been leading from the front addressing, at times, as many as five community meetings daily.
“The body is tired, what keeps us going is the heart. Because it is refusing to give up and it had been an exciting journey. We have learned a lot of things. It was tiring you know the suffering of our people on the ground kept us going because we knew that we ought to try and touch each and every corner of South Africa.”
Malema has been going toe-to-toe with the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) – but unlike his rivals – the EFF has not announced its mayoral candidates ahead of elections.
Malema has defended the move, “Even the councillors, most of them are not known, it’s just that it’s a requirement that we register a councillor candidate, if it was possible we would have contested with the EFF as a party not with the name of any individual because we do not suffer from personality cults politics. We subscribe to the politics of the party. We believe in the policies of the party more than celebrities.”
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