Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vigorously defended his party’s local government manifesto, amid criticisms that it is full of empty promises and vague proposals.
Speaking for the first time about the manifesto since its launch two weeks ago, Malema told scores of EFF supporters in Gugulethu, near Cape Town that their manifesto is unapologetically aimed at radically bridging the gap between the rich and poor.
He blasted both the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA), saying their governments are worse than the apartheid regime.
Amid cheers and ululations at a packed sports hall, Malema dished out more promises to those who will vote for his party.
“We will provide the tools to work the land. We will provide the people with tractors and give them seeds.”
He again cautioned people to stop voting on the basis of emotions.
He reminded them that the current ruling party is a far cry from the party of Nelson Mandela, and therefore it does not deserve their votes.
“Jacob Zuma cannot even come close to Nelson Mandela, Mandela was loved by all, he was an icon, Mandela was in a league of his own.”
Malema promised his supporters that his party will continue to defend Chapter 9 institutions and the Constitution.
He says Parliament and the courts of law will remain crucial battle grounds in this regard.
The EFF leader has also strongly criticised those who burn schools and destroy property as a way of voicing their grievances. He says any EFF member who is caught destroying property in the name of the party will be summarily expelled.
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