South Africa 23.7.2015 08:37 am

Malema fails to address Rustenburg gathering due to harsh winds

EFF Leader Julius Malema laughs before addressing the community at Matebeleng Village, Kroondal, outside Rustenburg, 21 July 2015, after his visit ahead of the EFF's second year anniversary celebrations which will take place on the 26 July 2015. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

EFF Leader Julius Malema laughs before addressing the community at Matebeleng Village, Kroondal, outside Rustenburg, 21 July 2015, after his visit ahead of the EFF's second year anniversary celebrations which will take place on the 26 July 2015. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema did not speak to party supporters at Sunrise Park near Rustenburg on Wednesday due to the harsh weather condition, the party said.

“The branch asked the CIC [ Commander-In-Chief] not to come because it was too windy and thus they could not erect a tent. So it looks people came anyway,” said spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in a text message.

Over 1,000 people had braved the dusty wind, waiting at the sports ground for Malema to arrive, but as dusk was falling some become impatient and walked away. “I waited for too long. I do not think Malema will come. I wanted to tell him of our electricity problem,” said Anna Mminakwena, walking home.

“I am disappointed I will not be able to raise my issues but, I cannot wait for ever,” she said without going into details as to what was wrong with electricity in the area. Malema had been in the Rustenburg area speaking to people as part of the build up for the party’s second anniversary rally at the Olympia Park Stadium on Saturday.

EFF members in celebration mood were expected to paint the 45,000-seater stadium red in the party’s trademark colours.

Ndlozi said the day would start with local artists providing entertainment from the morning, with Malema expected to deliver his speech at 1pm.

 

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