EFF leader Julius Malema today used the party’s Tshela Thupa (whip) rally at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, to blast ANC ministers.
He labelled them blessers and said they peed on themselves when drunk.
“Those ministers must be warned,” Malema told multitudes of EFF supporters. “They stole the money of our people for the last time in this election.
“There is one minister I know very well – when he is drunk, he pees on himself, yet he behaves like he is some guru in politics,” Malema added. “If he continues to be tjatjarag we shall release his photo before August 3.”
This left the crowd in stiches.
Malema said his party would use Wednesday’s local government election to unveil the tombstone of the ANC.
“It is long dead,” Malema said. “It is buried with Nelson Mandela in Qunu.”
Malema alleged that the ANC had spent more than R1 billion in its election campaign.
He was referring to the fact that Nomvula Mokonyane had let this number slip while campaigning in Cape Town. The exchange was recorded and broadcast on Radio 702.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, however, then said that only treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize was allowed to speak about such issues and said action could be taken against Mokonyane on the matter.
Mkhize tried to brush it off, saying it was incorrect. He declined to provide the correct figure, merely explaining that Mokonyane had been making some sort of joke and that it was a figure of speech.
Malema was obviously unconvinced.
“They said to you that they don’t have money for free education. Imagine if they had taken that R1 billion and given it to students.”
He told the party’s faithful that the EFF had not spent more than R10 million on its election campaign.
“The money is from the Independent Electoral Commission, parliament and the loan we took from Standard Bank,” Malema said.
He claimed that the ANC was always addressing the same audience at its rallies.
He said President Jacob Zuma went to speak to Gauteng people twice in less than two months.
“The difference is the date and stadiums,” Malema said. “But is the same mobile audience. We don’t repeat audiences. We are not orators. We are communicators.”
Malema was referring to the ANC’s Gauteng manifesto launch at the FNB Stadium in Soweto and Sunday’s Siyanqoba (we are winning) rally at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Zuma delivered the keynote address at both rallies.
He said the EFF was the only party that could go toe-to-toe with the ANC.
“They are in Ellis Park today,” he said. “We are in Peter Mokaba. A party of three years is taking on a party of 104 years.”
He added that the EFF did not rely on celebrities for persuasion power and success.
“It does not rely on dodgy tenderpreneurs who must give us money in order to run successful campaigns,” he said.
He also boasted that he was addressing a sober audience, unlike the ANC.
“They are not here to see a celebrity,” Malema said. “They are not here for food parcels. They are here to show the ANC and everybody else that their time is over.”
The Tshela Thupa rally was a massive show of force by the EFF three days before the elections. Malema’s speech was shown by satellite link to supporters in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, where a crowd of red-clad voters had gathered.
Their leader charged that the EFF was the only party that had never disrupted the campaign of any other political party.
“Even when they were beating us up, we never responded to violence with violence,” he said. “We knew that the power rest in the hands of our people.”
He called party agents to follow the IEC tomorrow when it conducted special votes.
“Party agents … you must not sleep,” said Malema.