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‘[Ramaphosa] believed the praise and a lie you told him. The same thing you are doing with Herman [Mashaba] – pumping him, pumping him and making him believe that he is a national hero. And ‘kanti’, you are talking to a street hero, not a national hero,’ said Malema.
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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema and the top six of the party held an hour-long press briefing at the IEC ROC in Tshwane on Thursday, 4 November.
Malema said that the party was happy with its performance in the 2021 Local Government Elections and dismissed claims that its growth was slowing, adding that the EFF is one of only three ‘national parties’ in the country and claimed it is the only one growing consistently.
Malema also touched on the party’s approach to coalitions and said a lacklustre ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa and the pandemic were partly to blame for the low voter turnout.
“I said this when we formed the EFF in Marikana – the elephant is too big but we will eat it bit by bit. We are more than happy with the outcome of the EFF because even when major political are declining the EFF stands firm and grows and then the EFF canvasses new grounds.”
“The EFF has now demonstrated to many that it is not a tribalistic organisation, it is not a ‘regionalistic’ organisation. It is a serious national organisation with a national footprint.
“So before you compare us with anyone, you must compare us with people who are national. We are only three by the way in South Africa. It’s the ANC, the DA and the EFF.”
“When you compare the three national parties we are the only ones who are consistently growing.”
“Someone says we are not growing at a pace that we want. No, we are going to take as long as it takes to grow.”
“We are not engaged in a popcorn revolution. We are engaged in a people’s revolution. When you do that you first have to win the heart, the soul and the mind of your people.”
“The ANC was formed in 1912. It only took power in 1994 after serious decades. People who grew up with it, generation after generation, fell in love with it. We are building something like that, an organisation that will be will be built from the ground up with a solid foundation.”
“The issue of turnout, it was bound to happen. One million graves were dug here in Tshwane by the ANC. People died, our relatives died. There is not a single one of us in this room who didn’t have someone close who died because of this pandemic.”
NO EXCITEMENT OR ELECTION MOOD
“What made matters worse was to compete with an incumbent that looks tired. Those of you who watch boxing – there must be two parties fighting, if the other party is not fighting the boxing match is not exciting.
“The man is just not exciting. It is very boring to fight against him and it looks like you are taking on an innocent person. The president doesn’t bring excitement in politics and makes politics boring and kills the political excitement and the mood for elections.”
“The story that our people have voted by being absent is too elitist and detached from reality. It’s not true, it’s an elitist commentary story of armchair critics who can’t even organise a first-year birthday party, who have never organised anything in their lives.
“We are on the ground. Our people are angry. They want services now. All of these factors have led to where we are.”
WORSE VOTER TURNOUT IN 2024?
“It is going to be worse in 2024. Why? The man is going to his second term… those clowns who are fighting with him in the ANC are clownish, they will not win against him… this guy is not going to be removed, leave that thing.”
“But, it is good for us because when he goes for the second term, there’s no longer ‘Ramaphoria.’ The guy has been there for a term. Now he is asking for a second term. People are going to say ‘ha ah, man. Wena, we know you and we know your stories.’”
“[Ramaphosa] believed the praise and a lie you told him. The same thing you are doing with Herman [Mashaba] – pumping him, pumping him and making him believe that he is a national hero. And ‘kanti’, you are talking to a street hero, not a national hero.”
“The man knows that he is regional material. All he wants is to be a mayor and then Makhosi [Khoza] from KZN forces him to go and contest in KZN – eThekwini and Newcastle. The man didn’t want to go there. He wanted to go in Joburg and be a mayor.”
“When you compare him to all of this, you are making his life difficult. We want the whole of South Africa, you cannot say you want to remove the ANC and then you only contest in Joburg… go where the ANC is, don’t go where the ANC is obviously declining.”
“Coalitions are not work. It is a group of elite, predominantly males, looking after their egos. So, it shouldn’t be a difficult job to do. You just give someone something and they are sorted.
“They like it that way, if you don’t talk about them they collapse the negotiation but if you say ‘[insert name here] you are going to be a mayor,’ you are talking properly now.”
“They are not difficult to handle – coalitions – it is egos and individuals’ personal interest and uncontrollable ambition for power. That’s what constitutes the discussions on coalitions.”
“We are not going to approach anyone. We have not been elected as a majority in any municipality, which is a clear indication of how people feel about us. So, we shouldn’t go around bothering anyone but those who come to us they will find our door open.”
“People said that they don’t want to be governed by the EFF. It is obvious, they did not elect us, they are not ready to be led by the government of the EFF but the EFF can lead them through a coalition.”
“When it is a coalition it is not a government of the EFF, it’s a coalition government. Unlike, these racists of the DA suffering from white supremacy; even when they are in coalition with the other parties they say ‘where the DA governs, it governs better – look at Tshwane.’
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“But they are not governing in Tshwane, it’s a coalition, but their white skin can’t allow them to speak very low of themselves – as long as they are there, they are the leaders. A coalition is not a coalition of the EFF, it is a coalition. It means different political parties coming together and it must be respected, it must not be called any other thing except a coalition government.”