But he said no one has the right to stop people from protesting.
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Malema arrived with his usual entourage of bodyguards in the small town of Makapanstad where he spoke to less than 100 supporters of his EFF party. The small crowd marched to the local municipality to demand better basic services and the ousting of corrupt local officials.
There have been many violent protests in the past few weeks. A clinic, libraries and private homes were torched near Bronkhorstspruit during recent protests.
“Don’t burn clinics or the library. Clinics must help you. Don’t burn anyone’s house. Let’s fight the system. We don’t need black on black violence… The Boers are happy when we fight between us,” he said.
Malema referred to the North West province as the EFF province and later told The Citizen that he believes he will be the next president of South Africa.
Malema took a dig at President Jacob Zuma for “spending R2.5 million on a swimming pool when people don’t have water”. He also promised an increase in child support if he became president. He called those who protest in ANC T-shirts cowards and told the small crowd that nothing will change if “you don’t vote EFF”.
“The ANC is a party for the black elite. We are for the poor people. We know how you live. We are not ashamed of the poor,” he said. He accused the local municipality of spending too much time in bed with their lovers and not attending to grievances.
Malema told The Citizen that when he is president he would first fix all the toilets and give water to everyone. “People can’t live in this environment. We will settle this problem properly and then go forward,” he said.