EFF de­cides to stick with DA vot­ing bloc

Get­ting the ANC out is pri­or­ity, says Malema

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TEBOGO MONAMA

EFF LEADER Julius Malema yes­ter­day made an about-turn re­gard­ing pulling out of the vot­ing bloc with the DA.

More than a week ago, he threat­ened to pull the party out of its vot­ing ar­range­ment with the DA in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties if it didn’t fire Western Cape Premier He­len Zille for her tweets sup­port­ing colo­nial­ism.

But yes­ter­day he changed his tune.

The DA re­moved Zille from her party po­si­tions, but re­tained her as premier af­ter she un­re­servedly apol­o­gised for the tweets – and for un­der­min­ing party leader Mmusi Maimane.

Speak­ing at a Youth Day rally in Boipa­tong yes­ter­day, Malema said in­stead of pulling out of their mu­nic­i­pal vot­ing bloc with the DA, they would first try to re­move the ANC from power.

He said: “We will never vote with the ANC. We are in this mess be­cause of the ANC. If you say I must tell EFF peo­ple not to vote for the DA, how do I go back to ex­plain to the peo­ple of Boipa­tong that I voted for a party which took elec­tric­ity from them for two months?”

Malema said the ANC “al­lowed ... white ar­ro­gance”.

“The ANC con­verted it­self into the se­cu­rity guard of white cap­i­tal. We must deal with the se­cu­rity of white cap­i­tal be­fore we deal with white cap­i­tal,” he roared to the crowd.

“The prob­lem of Tsh­wane, Joburg and PE is not a cre­ation of the EFF. We are in this po­si­tion be­cause of the vot­ers. Stop blam­ing the EFF. We are not and will not vote for the ANC. We will con­tinue to vote with the DA, the IFP and any other party op­posed to the se­cu­rity of white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.”

Malema was in Boipa­tong on the eve of the 25-year com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Boipa­tong mas­sacre. Thou­sands of sup­port­ers filled Boipa­tong Soc­cer Sta­dium and many more spilled on to the streets of the town­ship.

Malema said he was not des­per­ate to be pres­i­dent of the coun­try, but that he was more in­ter­ested in build­ing his party, which turns three in July.

“We are build­ing this party from the ground slowly so that when it takes power it will be for­ever and ever.

“I want to build a for­ma­tion that black peo­ple can trust and cel­e­brate for­ever. If I was des­per­ate for power I would have been a mayor in Joburg now.”

PIC­TURE: ITUMELENG ENGLISH

EFF leader Julius Malema ad­dresses thou­sands of party sup­port­ers ahead of Youth Day cel­e­bra­tions at Boipa­tong Sta­dium in the Vaal.

PIC­TURE: ITUMELENG ENGLISH

Julius Malema at Youth Day cel­e­bra­tions at Boipa­tong Sta­di­uml.

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