ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters president Julius Malema has painted a picture of a country in dire straits — with poor service delivery, neglected people and dilapidated infrastructure.
Malema, on a campaign trail at his home province of Limpopo, offered his party as the only saviour to resurrect the country.
Speaking at the University of Limpopo outside Polokwane on Thursday, the firebrand leader said South Africa needed to be rebuilt because it has collapsed on President Jacob Zuma’s watch.
“The state has to develop massive infrastructure, the country must be reconstructed starting with basic necessities like roads, proper houses, water and sanitation” Malema said.
The EFF Commander-in-Chief urged voters to switch political allegiance to the country’s third biggest political party, saying the ANC has failed them since the new dispensation in 1994.
Malema is on a two week whirlwind campaign in Limpopo ahead of the August 3 local government elections.
He visited various places such as Nobody Ga-Mothiba, Mentz and Ga-Makanye villages outside Polokwane, as well as Lebowakgomo and Mokopane to drum up support ahead of the EFF’s final election campaign rally – dubbed “Tshela Thupa” – on July 31 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Malema implored his audience to be intolerant of poor services and empty promises by the ruling party.
“We must not be patient and think these things are not possible, because with the EFF being present everywhere in every municipality, the right questions are going to be asked and everyone is going to be challenged.”
The EFF leader again drew parallels between apartheid era South Africa and the country today.
He said inequality remained rife while “black universities are still in a bad shape”.
Malema said the problem of inequality in the country had to be solved.
He appealed to people to be more involved and hold their leaders accountable.