EFF Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu laid into President Jacob Zuma yesterday, saying he had hijacked the ANC and that voters should boo his picture at the ballot box instead of voting for him.
Mpofu was speaking at an Economic Freedom Fighters election rally in Motherwell in the absence of party leader Julius Malema.
He apologised for Malema’s non-arrival, saying he had been invited to address striking National Council of Trade Unions platinum mine workers at their Workers’ Day rally in Witbank.
“Do you forgive him?” he asked, to a big “yes”.
“I’ll tell him you forgive him, but on condition that he comes here before the end of May or June.
“In fact, on our way to Cape Town when we are going to parliament, we should go via PE.”
Mpofu said Zuma and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa had hijacked the ANC.
“If you vote for Zuma, you will be saying the money he stole is too little and giving him the power to steal more.
“No matter how mad we are, we can’t do that. This time, we will vote for the EFF.
“The ANC has the audacity to say it has a good story to tell, but we are not telling you stories but the truth.
“A story is a fairytale and when they say they have a good story to tell, they are telling you they will continue telling you more stories for another 10 years.”
Mpofu said nothing hurt him more than hearing people say they would not vote.
“What you should do is vote for the EFF then look at Zuma’s picture and say ‘boo’. What will our message to Zuma be?” he asked to loud boos.
“If you don’t vote, that will mean Tata [Nelson] Mandela spent all those years in jail for nothing.
“[Former ANC leaders] Raymond Mhlaba, Govan Mbeki, and Oliver Tambo are depending on you to revive the spirit of freedom in South Africa when they see from their graves what their organisation has been turned into by people like Zuma.”
After public protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings into the upgrades at Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, the president was booed in some provinces as he crisscrossed the country campaigning for Wednesday’s election.
Yesterday’s rally was attended by some EFF national, provincial and Bay regional leaders, and former mine workers.
Throughout his address, Mpofu stressed how the EFF’s manifesto – which includes land redistribution and nationalising mines and banks – was the only one that had solutions to challenges in the country.
“We’re committed to taking back our land, but within the law and with peace, without using force.”
He added: “When they [opponents] throw petrol bombs at us like they are doing in Gauteng, they must not think we are scared of them – we know that our petrol bomb is our X on May 7.”
He said driving to the hall, he had noticed EFF election posters had been taken down, providing proof that the ANC was threatened by the party. – Mkhululi Ndamase