Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has warned his party election agents to be careful of food poisoning at voting stations during Wednesday’s municipal elections.
“Party agent, you must not sleep, you must not eat ANC food; [it] will make you to have a running stomach,” Malema told EFF supporters at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday.
He said the African National Congress would “steal” votes while party election agents were nursing themselves with “thieves’ food”.
“You know they stole our votes in 2014, but this time don’t give them any chance to steal our votes. Comrades, don’t provoke anyone, just don’t compromise, especially if members of the IEC [Electoral Commission of SA] are biased. If you see a problem, communicate, we will intervene.”
Malema wished rival parties well and appealed for fair play, saying “let us play a fair game, let’s not kill our people because we have uncontrollable ambitions for power”.
He urged voters to give the EFF a chance to change the lives of poor people, saying the party’s track record in parliament showed it delivered on its promises.
During the 2014 general election, part of the EFF’s mandate was to ensure that President Jacob Zuma paid back some of the money spent on his private Nkandla homestead.
“He will pay it, whether he likes it or not, he will pay. Now, if you don’t trust us, the EFF is whipping in parliament, there is no time to sleep. Now we want to take on Limpopo.”
Malema said the primary struggle was not to acquire free T-shirts and food parcels. Free T-shirts would not secure the future of the younger generation, because the burning issue was to deliver jobs and education for South Africans.
“The struggle is not about the T-shirt. You are prepared [to] vote for corruption in exchange for a T-shirt; you must stop those things. We don’t want to give you food parcels, we want to give [you] jobs so that you can buy your own food and stop eating expired food parcels.
“You cannot eat a T-shirt, you cannot work [a] T-shirt, they gave you [a] shirt since 1994, but still you don’t have [a] job. They gave [you a] T-shirt since 1994, you don’t have [a] house. We are appealing to South Africans to stop loving free T-shirt over the future of your children,” Malema said.
– African News Agency (ANA)