Malema was addressing about 4 000 people at Zandspruit informal settlement, north of Johannesburg yesterday.
He said many people came to Johannesburg and its surrounding areas to seek jobs and houses, but their efforts yielded no positive results.
He was speaking ahead of an EFF march tomorrow to the Chamber of Mines, Reserve Bank and the JSE for economic change for the poor. This includes easier access to loans for the poor and ensuring pensioners are not charged for bank transactions.
“This is because in the Joburg municipality you can’t get a house if you don’t sleep with them,” said Malema in the SePedi language.
“ANC people do not know how to propose love. They propose with jobs. You sleep in a one-room shack with your kids on the floor. You cannot even do anything private as parents because of these kids,” Malema said.
Zandspruit was engulfed by several violent protests for proper service delivery and against the removal of some shacks by the authorities the past year. Malema also launched a scathing attack on President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma spent R500 000 building a “spaza shop” for his wife, he said. But he did not reveal which of Zuma’s wives that was. In what sounded like an electioneering gimmick, Malema urged the residents to refrain from campaigning for the ANC for elections in the area as they lived in squalor with no basic services.
“You are poor but you campaign for the party that loves animals more than you,” Malema said in a reference to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wanting to spend R18 million on a buffalo while many people in Venda, where he came from, live in abject poverty.