Julius Malema, Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, last night hit out at the “white loving” ANC in the lead up to the launch of the EFF’s election manifesto at the end of the month.
After taking questions from and listening to community members in Meadowlands, Soweto, Malema gave an emotive speech promising to confront housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu for “forgetting the people of Soweto, her own home”.
This was after various community members complained about the housing crisis in the area. Malema then hit out at the ANC for only caring about delivering services to “white areas”, forgetting about the poorer “black” areas where he says people are being deprived of the dignity they fought for. Offering some fatherly advice, Malema also encouraged the crowd to “keep having children” despite their poverty and lack of access to basic services.
“The white people don’t want you to have children because they want to outnumber you,” said the presidential hopeful. “Making children is your revolutionary duty,” he added, calling child bearing an investment for the future. Turning his attention to absent or negligent parents, Malema said: “It is irresponsible not to look after your kids. You are poor today, yet you have kids. If you look after those kids, they will look after you.”
Asking the youth not to use their hardships as an excuse for drug an alcohol abuse, Malema challenged the community to behave responsibly. “The youth of Soweto – there is no drug which is going to give you a better life. Don’t use your poverty as an excuse for doing wrong things. Join the EFF, and we will fight poverty together.
“The EFF is fighting for the lives of black people to be better. “Tomorrow, when the black people’s lives are better, you will be nowhere because you have destroyed yourself with alcohol and drugs. This freedom that we are talking about – it starts with us. You must use this freedom to love yourself. We are fighting today for dignity and this dignity must come to people who are ready to receive it.