EFF leader Julius Malema arrived at the Zamdela stadium in Sasolburg, the Free State, just after lunchtime on Sunday.
Malema addressed local party supporters at one of the EFF’s last mobilising rallies ahead of the August 3 local government elections. He received a heroes’ welcome from local residents.
The outspoken EFF commander in chief described the ANC as a desperate movement that had been using former leaders or veterans to help the ruling party to campaign for the elections.
“The ANC lacks leadership … they even go and ask veterans to help them campaign. Zuma only has a big head that is empty,” he said.
Malema also described Free State premier Ace Magashule as a “domkop” who had done nothing to improve the living conditions of people.
Watch footage from the rally (mostly in Sesotho):
There was still no word from the office of former president Thabo Mbeki on Saturday over whether he would join other ANC veterans in canvassing for the ruling party, however ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile said it might still happen.
Mbeki’s spokesperson, Mukoni Ratshitanga, declined to elaborate on the matter to The Citizen, but later released a statement.
“We have nothing to add to what the ANC has said,” Ratshitanga said. “We agree with what the ANC has said,” he added.
The ANC’s Greater Johannesburg region this week denied that Mbeki was not keen to campaign for the ANC.
“It is therefore mischievous to suggest that comrade Mbeki is not keen to campaign for the ANC,” ANC branch spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said in a statement.
The Sunday Times reported that Mbeki had made a point of reassuring the ANC that he was still a member. Ratshitanga said in his statement that Mbeki was still a member “in good standing”.
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe reportedly already said two weeks ago that Mbeki had no interest in campaigning for the ANC. Mashatile remained confident that “should there be an opportunity for him to come up and join one or two activities”, Mbeki would, but they would “wait and see”.