The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will take the North West and make it its home was the message that the party had for its people at a rally to launch its provincial manifesto at the Montshioa stadium near Mahikeng on Saturday. The excitement started when the party’s leader and presidential candidate, Julius Malema arrived for the launch. As soon as he arrived, the whole stadium erupted into a frenzied ‘Juju’ chant. This went on until he took his seat. Before sitting down, he took time to greet and acknowledge his supporters.
When he took to the stand, the party’s provincial chairman for the North West, Alfred Motsi lambasted the present government for its corrupt tendencies and its neglect of the poor. He went on to tell the their supporters that it was their responsibility to try and change the status quo. The provincial chairman told the red clad supporters that the party needed at least sixty five percent of the votes to be able to change the policies. Tuning to the current council in Rustenburg, chairman Motsi reminded the supporters that the current provincial government had failed as evidenced by their failure to pay workers. He reminded the packed stadium that it was in their power to change this government by voting for the EFF come the 7 May elections.
Speaking at the same rally, Malema praised the people of Mahikeng for coming in their numbers to the EFF rally. He told them that theirs was the second best rally after the one in Tembisa and informed the people that this was a sign that the EFF was ready to take the province. Malema reiterated the call by the provincial chairman that the current government had failed the people, adding that the people in the North West were even longing for the days of Bophuthatswana and Mangope. He added that it was the EFF’s mandate to bury corruption and maladminstration. Juju went on to tell the rally that, if voted into power, his government would ensure that mine workers were paid wages of up to R12 500 while the security guards would earn as much as R7 000, adding other categories of workers and how much they would earn if his government came into power.
As could be expected, Julius Malema had a lot to say about Jacob Zuma and the Nkandla debacle. Malema insisted that the Public Protector was not entirely right when she said that President Zuma must repay the state the money spent on non-security upgrades. He felt that Msholozi should be arrested for stealing from the poor. He informed the rally that he had laid charges for theft and corruption against the president in Pretoria, adding that he would meet with the police and give them evidence of how Zuma had stolen from the poor. In apparent reference to charges of theft and corruption against him, he told the EFF supporters that those had been fabricated, adding that he could not have stolen from government since he had never worked for it. The EFF presidential candidate concluded his speech by encouraging the young members of his party to take education seriously and saying that if his party was elected into government, they would provide free quality education from early childhood.