Malema: ‘We want black people to live a comfortable life. That is what inspires us’

24 May 2021 - 10:00 By unathi nkanjeni
EFF leader Julius Malema said 'we must share the wealth of the country, and the only way to do it is to give it to the poor'.
EFF leader Julius Malema said 'we must share the wealth of the country, and the only way to do it is to give it to the poor'.
Image: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

“We want black people to live a comfortable life. That is what inspires us. That is what wakes us up each morning.”

These are the words expressed by EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday during his address in Chebeng, Polokwane.

Malema addressed a community meeting in the area after the EFF secured seats in Ward 9 during by-elections last week

Speaking mostly in Sesotho, he said though his party did not secure the most seats in Limpopo, he came to tell his party’s supporters that they tried.

Malema said the “war” to win the province was still on and would only end when “our children have jobs”.

“Every person here must have electricity. Not the electricity which fails us when we need it the most. We want electricity because electricity is not a luxury but a necessity,” he said

“We want to give the elderly more money because they are the breadwinners. We must share the wealth of the country, and the only way to do it is to give it to the poor.”

Malema reiterated how important it was for every black South African to have a decent social status, saying money must be in the pockets of those who need it the most.

“It is the time for black people to eat. Our elders worked in the kitchens without being paid anything. Now is the turn of a black child. You must enjoy the benefits of your own land. This land belongs to our forefathers. We want you to eat, we want to give you the land and we want you to teach your children to work for the land,” said Malema.

He took a dig at those who say he is disrespectful for his approach on matters, saying they are scared of the fact that he wants “all of us to eat”.

“That is what I am being persecuted for,” he said.

“Our people don’t want luxury. They want basic things and they want to be educated. The problem is that we are led by fools who are lazy to think.”

He said the government should be held accountable for how it uses taxpayers’ money.

“We are paying tax to one SA Revenue Service, we have one president, and so we must have one health and education system. We want a government that works and we want schools to be sophisticated with the latest technology,” said Malema.


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