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Use your vote wisely: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says people must not vote for food parcels but should use their vote to elect leaders who will improve their lives. Malema was addressing the community of Joe Slovo Park informal settlement in the south of Johannesburg. He visited several communities in and around Soweto to discuss their concerns over service delivery.

Malema adds that it is unacceptable that the people of Joe Slovo continue to live in poor conditions. He says living in areas where there are no basic services such as proper sanitation, water and housing goes against the ideals of democratic values.

Urging people to vote for a political party that will bring change, Malema says, “Why is there no political will to connect water and flushing toilets for our people? It is not like you are in a village or desert, it is cheaper and it is doable.”

“Despite that he criticized the ANC, he brought hope to us that voting for him will bring changes into our lives because for 22 years there has been no change in Slovo Park.”

Some residents say they are tired of politicians empty promises, while others have mixed views about Malema’s visit. One resident says he is hopeful that the EFF could bring much needed change in the area, “Despite that he criticized the ANC, he brought hope to us that voting for him will bring changes into our lives because for 22 years there has been no change in Slovo Park.”

While the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have already launched their manifestos for the upcoming elections, the EFF is only expected to do so next weekend at Orlando East in Soweto. Malema encouraged the residents of Joe Slovo Park to attend the event to hear in detail what the party has to offer.

The EFF leader has accused the ruling party of failing to improve the lives of people, 22 years into democracy. He is expected to visit other areas around Johannesburg on Saturday as part of the party’s engagement with the communities.

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– By Neliswa Mavundla

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