Bloemfontein – EFF leader Julius Malema lambasted some voters who did not come out to vote or who chose to support the ANC in the recent municipal by-elections despite claiming to be supporters of his party.
Malema spoke to residents of Ward 6 of Mohokare Municipality in the Free State on Sunday, where the EFF won 40% of the vote in the November 11 by-elections, just behind the ANC’s 43%.
The neighborhood was one of 96 wards up for grabs across the country as the ANC, DA and EFF scrambled for control and used the election as an empty race for the 2021 local elections.
Despite its significant growth in terms of electoral support in some neighborhoods, including Mohokare, the EFF did not win any of the contested neighborhoods.
EFF Provincial President Mandisa Makhesini visited the area to thank the community for their massive support, although this did not dislodge the ANC from the neighborhood.
“The president is here to talk to them, to thank them for believing in the EFF and to give more courage to South Africans, coming 2021, to do better than this year,” Makhesini said.
Speaking to the community, Malema criticized the ANC’s continued support or voter apathy by some members.
“Shame on all of you who did not go to vote that day. The ANC took the election because you stayed at home. We transported you in our taxis and gave you our t-shirts telling you that you have to vote for us. Once there, you voted for the thieves, ”said Malema.
He lamented that some claimed to support the EFF only to vote for the ANC.
“Stop pretending. When you don’t like us, you don’t like us,” he says.
He then changed his mind and praised the close fight between the EFF and the ANC in the neighborhood, adding that this indicated that his party had a chance to take over in 2021.
Malema also criticized that the municipality’s farms continued to benefit from electricity, while some townships and areas where farm workers lived remained without connectivity for years.