Malema pays tribute to gran, then slams ANC’s ‘zombified nation’
EFF leader attacks ruling party for prioritising social grants over better jobs and salaries
EFF leader Julius Malema wrapped up his election campaign by delivering a moving tribute to his late grandmother, Sarah Malema, at his party’s final rally in Soweto on Sunday.
Addressing a sea of red at Orlando Stadium, a visibly emotional Malema said his grandmother had been his confidante and meant everything to him.
“I am because of her,” he said. “My confidante is no more, the person who always believed in me and who always encouraged me to soldier on.
“She left me in the good hands of the ground forces of the EFF, so I am not an orphan,” he added.
But Malema, in his ambitious plan, did not hold back in attacking the governing ANC and its failures in places like Soweto.
He said that after 25 years of ANC rule, Soweto was still a ghetto and incomparable to suburbs such as Randburg and Sandton where white South Africans lived.
Malema further slammed the ANC for making South Africans dependent on social grants instead of educating them to get better jobs.
He said education was the only permanent solution, adding that it was bizarre that the ANC was bragging about millions in social grants instead of having millions of educated citizens.
“Our people don’t want social grants, they want better jobs, better salaries, so that they can feed themselves,” he said.
“We want an educated nation ... ANC does not want educated people because they can reason. They don’t want people who can reason, they want to turn South Africa into a zombified nation. When you start to speak, they give you a T-shirt,” he said.
Malema slammed South Africans who vote ANC because of T-shirts they are given at rallies and in door-to-door campaigns.
He urged his supporters to use the T-shirts to mop floors, and to vote EFF.
Malema lamented the inequality in the country, saying that under the EFF black people would also have a share of, and equal participation in the economy, like their white counterparts.
“EFF is fighting for equality, it is not fighting for blacks to oppress whites. We are fighting against white privilege,” he said.
“We are fighting against white arrogance, we are not fighting against white people and white people know this because our documents are written in English.
“White people understand what we are fighting for, but their problem is equality because the first black person they know is a domestic worker, the second one is a gardener and the third one is a teller.
“So when you say we want you to be equal to black people, they imagine all those people and they are scared of that.”
Malema said his party would double social grants, build more RDP houses, bring about free and compulsory education at all levels, care for vulnerable groups and clamp down on gender-based violence.
Various ANC leaders, from its president Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Zuma, to Nomvula Mokonyane and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile, would be locked up.