Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has slated the ANC after they accused the EFF of voting for the “white DA”.
Malema said people had rejected the ANC, and it had nothing to do with the EFF. This after the ANC lost key metros Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA. Despite it still having control of most municipalities in the country, the ruling party has lost big budgets from these major metros, with Joburg accounting for more than R50 billion on its own.
The DA also announced this week that it had uncovered evidence of at least R20 billion in improperly spent money from the metros.
“Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The voters have rejected kleptocracy,” Malema said during a parliamentary debate about the recent municipal elections on Tuesday.
With no party winning an outright majority in the elections, the EFF decided to vote for the DA in council so they could oust the ANC, which happened successfully despite the EFF’s fears that the ANC was trying to bribe its councillors. Some politicians, including BLF leader Andile Mngxitama, argued it was a contradiction for the EFF to vote for the DA, which they believe represents “white monopoly capital”, exactly what the EFF says it is fighting against.
Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The voters have rejected kleptocracy
On accusations that the EFF voted for “a white party”, Malema said the ANC are the last people “to educate” the EFF on such matters, citing the fact that the ANC went into a government “of national unity” with the last apartheid government, the National Party (NP). In 1997, the country was governed by a government of national unity (GNU) under the leadership of the ANC. The GNU led by then president Nelson Mandela as president and FW De Klerk as his deputy, included ministers from the NP and Inkatha Freedom Party, among other parties.
Malema lashed out at the ANC, saying who were they to talk when they had De Klerk as deputy president. Malema accused De Klerk of having presided over the “genocide of black people” during the apartheid era.
“Now I hear people saying to us that we are voting with a white party, from the ANC. But you forget that you governed in a government of national unity … with the National Party. The murderers themselves.
“You even made [FW] De Klerk a vice-president. A man who presided over the genocide of black people. You gave the National Party minister of land, minister of finance, minister of mines … sitting in these benches.
“Who are you to educate us about white people when you were so prepared to embrace murderers?”
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He said the EFF had to first rescue the country from collapse as a result of the ANC’s alleged poor governance. The EFF leader said his party would not vote for a party (the ANC) that had presided over the Marikana massacre.
The EFF believes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is complicit in the killings of Marikana mine workers in 2012. He was a nonexecutive board member at Lonmin and wrote an email calling for “concomitant action” to be taken against the striking workers.
“The country is collapsing. I cannot keep on saying we are fighting white monopoly capital because after defeating white monopoly capital there will not be a country to inherit. You would have collapsed this country.
This is an emergency. We had to pause and rescue this country first, and continue to fight against white supremacy and against white monopoly capital
“We will not vote for a party that still subjects our people to the shacks. We will not vote for a party that has collapsed the health system … collapsed the education system in South Africa … a party that has been captured by the Guptas.
“All of you are in the pockets of one family called the Guptas. If you want the votes, go to the Guptas; they will give you the votes. We don’t vote for crooks, we don’t vote for kleptocracy. We are not going to vote for a party that will pass the nuclear deal which is going to collapse this country … A nuclear deal which is going to take social grants for our people … which is going to take pensions.
“This is a party here, sitting under Cyril Ramaphosa, which killed our people in Marikana. We will never vote for you in the name of people of Marikina.
Zuma wants to enrich his family and himself. You will never get our vote
“Where is free education? We gave you 6% to take the land, you refused it [in 2014, the EFF offered itself in coalition with the ANC if the ruling party would agree to constitutional changes on land expropriation]. Now, those who want to sound more ‘black consciousness’, they say to us, you can’t disrupt the ANC and vote for the DA or the opposition.
“When we voted against the ANC, we were not disrupting the land question. When we were voting against the ANC, we were not disrupting any black agenda. So you can just go into the nearest hell.”