National 3.8.2016 12:23 pm

Malema’s hometown a hive of activity

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema speaks during his party's Youth Day rally on June 16, 2016 in Secunda, South Africa. While addressing thousands of young people in Embalenhle, Malema said that the 1976 Soweto uprisings were about black pride and the EFF was only party still fighting for poor black people. (File photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden)

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema speaks during his party's Youth Day rally on June 16, 2016 in Secunda, South Africa. While addressing thousands of young people in Embalenhle, Malema said that the 1976 Soweto uprisings were about black pride and the EFF was only party still fighting for poor black people. (File photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden)

One wheelchair-bound voter says the ANC does not care about disabled people.

Mponegele Primary School in Seshego, outside Polokwane, Limpopo, where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his vote, is a hive of activity.

Voters across all age groups are coming out in number to cast their votes. In the queue at the polling station, senior citizens were seen waiting for their turn to vote. There is also strong presence of party agents from the ANC, EFF, DA and the Azanian People’s Organisation.

Seshego is considered an ANC stronghold. The EFF performed dismally there in the 2014 general election. One of the elders, Maditshaba Moteke, 93, said she had voted for the ANC. “I have voted for the party I love,” Moteke told The Citizen shortly after casting her vote.

Moteke said she was hopeful the ANC would continue to improve the lives of the majority of the poor people. Dolly Mapheto, 78, said her vote was a secret. “But I am happy that I have voted.” Mapheto said she have been voting since 1994.

Wheelchair-bound, Elizabeth Botopela, 46, said she had voted for the EFF because the ANC “does not care about us as disabled people.” She said: “The EFF even gave disabled people wheelchairs at its final rally at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.”

Malema’s childhood friend and former ANC Youth League secretary Jacob Lebogo also made his way to the voting station. “Our campaign has gone well as the ANC,” Lebogo said. “We are going to reaffirm the ANC as the leader of the society.” He said the ANC was going to win.

Asked about his friendship with Malema, Lebogo replied: “Let us talk about politics. Let us not talk about personality cult.”

Lebogo denied he was ever the member of the EFF. “They even issued a statement saying I have joined the EFF,” Lebogo said. “I remain a member of the ANC. The ANC is my home.”

– ngwakom@citizen.co.za

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