EFF leader Julius Malema has boasted that his party is an “unstoppable train” and vowed that it would be a force to be reckoned with in the general elections in 2019.
Malema told an EFF business gala dinner in Meropa Casino in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Saturday night that he didn’t care whether the party won a municipality in Wednesday’s local government elections.
“But I can tell we are going to increase our numbers,” said Malema.
“In 2019, the EFF will be the force to be reckoned with.”
He said those who wanted to win municipalities at all costs were short-sighted.
“The EFF is three years old,” he said. “Stop putting too much pressure on this three-year-old. Let us nurture it.”
Malema blasted tenderpreneurs, labelling them blood-suckers and said they were not innovative.
“They have got no ideas,” he said. “They survive through buying toilets and selling them to a municipality. Why should buying toilet paper be something that must be provided by a private person There is nothing sophisticated about that. You ought to think, man … Don’t be parasites, be a businessman.”
Malema reiterated that the EFF was the future of South Africa
“So a wise businessman will know that these young ones are going to take over this country,” he said.
Malema said the formation of the EFF was necessitated by the fact that there was vacuum in the left politics in South Africa.
“You all know that nature does not allow a vacuum,” he said. “And therefore we had to come and occupy that space. The South African Communist Party is dead.”
Malema, who was clad in a black suit, said there was nothing socialist about looking untidy.
“Leadership should not just show opulence, particularly in front of the poor masses of our people,” he said.
Malema said the EFF wanted the economy to be in the hands of the state because South Africa came from a difficult past.
“In Britain, when it came from the Second World War, the state took over the responsibility to rebuild the economy of Britain,” Malema said. “They never left that in the hands of the private sector. We also come from our own war and that war is called apartheid.
“Because we come from that war, we have the responsibility as the state to take ownership of the economy.”
He told the guests that the EFF was not the enemy of business.
“We want to partner with business, but it must be done in reasonable manner and not in a manner that the ANC is doing it,” Malema said.
“An individual in the name of Patrice Motsepe becomes a multibillionaire.
“Yet we have got a lot of people who unemployed and poor.”
Malema spoke out against municipalities privatising basic things such as water.
“Here in Polokwane they are going to outsource the sewerage system,” Malema said. “It must be owned by the private sector. Our own things must be processed by the private sector.”
EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu said education was one of the most important things for the EFF.
“The EFF has achieved many achievements in the past year,” Mpofu said. “One of the major achievements was the graduation ceremony of one Julius Sello Malema at Unisa.”
Mpofu said the EFF wanted to challenge the ANC top six to a series of debates after the election.
Party secretary general Godrich Gardee said much had been put into the election campaign.
The ANC and EFF will hold their final rallies today.