EFF leader Julius Malema arrived at Mponegele Primary School in his home township of Seshego outside Polokwane full of pomp and confidence that his party will fare pretty well in the fiercely contested local government elections.
Malema, who, over the years has been seen at elections venues in Limpopo accompanied by his grandmother Sarah, was, this time, accompanied by his wife Mantwa.
The three arrived just after midday in a window-dimmed Mercedes Benz Viano as all and sundry wanted to get a glimpse of the Commander-In-Chief of the red brigade.
Although the turn-up at the polling station was dismal, Malema said there was still optimism that people will later trickle in large number numbers.
With no long queues, the Malemas commenced with their voting procedure, with the EFF president clad in his party coat.
Malema had to reposition the booth he was allocated to cast his vote, saying, “This cubicle is not positioned properly (because) it compromises the voter’s secrecy. People are not supposed to see you at all when you cast your vote.”
After the cubicle has been repositioned, Malema cast his vote amid media frenzy.
He kept on checking his grandmother, who appeared a bit drained.
After all the voting has been done, an optimistic Malema addressed hordes of journalist who bombarded him with a flurry of questions.
He said he was generally happy with the election process, applauding the Independent Electoral Commission for running the proceedings so far smoothly.
Regarding the turn-up, Malema said, “The turn-up is positive. Our people have responded positively by coming in large numbers. We are hopeful that they will understand that this might be much better than 1994.
It is very important indeed that they have heeded the call to come and be part of this election process. It is a highly contested election that has attracted the international community.”
The firebrand leader then took a swipe at members of his former political home, the ANC, whom he accused of distributing T-shirt during election day.
“It is unethical,” Malema protested.
“All of us were done by midnight. This is ironic from the same people who say Asinavalo (we are not scared). How do you say you are not scared when you are issuing T-shirts on an election day? This shows that these cowards are scared. We are not panicking. We know that we have done our pre-election work well. We are not political rascals, that’s why we are walking around voting stations with our grannies and wives,” he added.