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Malema harvests dissatisfaction in Western Cape

A number of people attending an EFF rally in Khayelitsha on Saturday said Malema's address had won them over to his party. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

A number of people attending an EFF rally in Khayelitsha on Saturday said Malema's address had won them over to his party. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

18.01.2014

EFF leader Julius Malema leveraged dissatisfaction over sanitation and housing provision amongst residents of Khayelitsha informal settlements to win voters over to his party during a visit to the township on Saturday.

In a City which saw the emergence of ‘poo protests’ over sanitation delivery last year, Malema promised to support the fight for decent toilets in Cape Town’s informal settlements.

Addressing about 1 000 people at Khayelitsha’s Mew Way hall, Malema took the opportunity to inform voters about EFF’s policies regarding the nationalisation of mines, fishing and farming.

Those attending included people who had travelled from Muizenberg, Crossroads and Delft and a number of those interviewed after Malema’s afternoon address said they might consider voting for the EFF now that they had a better understanding of the party’s policies.

Asonele Mqoqi, 45, from Khayelitsha’s BM informal settlement said Malema had “opened” her mind and she now understood that people were still living under an “apartheid government”.

Mqoqi was one of the victims of a fire on January 1, 2013 which killed five people and left over 4 000 homeless.

“We were promised that we will get new houses but instead the government built us temporary houses. I didn’t have a problem with it because it is better than nothing, but now that Malema said we must fight for proper houses and toilets, I want to be part of that fight. I’m tired of living in a shack and it’s clear now that we will never get proper houses,” said Mqoqi.

Malema said the house he just delivered for a woman and her grandchildren a stone’s throw from Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla – which saw ANC supporters clashing with the EFF last weekend – is the one he’s going to provide for people in the Western Cape once the EFF gets power.

Sibongile Mchasa from Delft said Malema gave him a clear understanding of what EFF intends to do once they get into power. He said people have been blinded by government but now with the EFF they will be able to fight for their rights.

He said he has hope that EFF will win the Western Cape and he’s going to be one of the volunteers to make sure that is going to happen.

“Malema has given me confidence to be able to fight for EFF,” said Mchasa.

Malema urged EFF supporters to work for the people.

“We must help where ever we can. We must listen to people even if we are not going to offer them anything. Go to school and help clean those toilets for the kids, assist university students, lets help our people,” said Malema. – Nombulelo Damba

 

 

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