EFF’s leader Julius Malema has praised the ANC Gauteng leadership saying they are decisive activists with good hearts, the kind he would want to join his party.
Malema who was speaking during the EFF’s national list conference in Midrand on Monday, said though the EFF will still take over Gauteng municipalities from the governing party in the municipal elections in August, he would not fail to commend the ANC Gauteng chairman and human settlements MEC Paul Mashatile for intervening in Hammanskraal, where Tshwane municipality used the Red Ants Security Agency last week to force residents off the land they had been occupying.
“People like Paul are the ones who must join the EFF. Gauteng guys have a good heart and their intentions are good. Their decisiveness and how they intervene, that is political activism and that is what leaders must do,” he told Mashatile
The demolition of shacks in that area resulted in a violent protest which saw two people killed with many others injured, prompting Mashatile’s intervention which resulted in the residents being resettled.
“These are the people who have the interests of our people at heart, they are just led by criminals, and they have criminals at the bottom,” he added as he repeated important it is for the Economic Freedom Fighters to take over from the ANC. He said the provincial leadership was caught between bad national and municipal leadership.
Malema went on to say that despite commendable posture by the Gauteng leadership, the ANC resisted the EFF from conducting campaigns in other provinces.
The EFF had earlier, filed a complaint against the ANC with the IEC, accusing it of breaching the code of conduct after its member was shot in Mpumalanga during an electoral campaign.
Malema said the EFF would also approach the electoral body to file another complaint for the recent incident where the party members clashed with ANC supporters in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.
He however accused the ANC Gauteng leadership of supporting illegal land occupations in Hammanskraal, saying landless people needed land to build homes.
The EFF list conference which had about 250 delegates in attendance, aimed at finalising the list of party representatives who will represent it in all 2900 wards
There, Malema said the party’s list was above board in terms of representation guidelines and that they have more than 50% female representation, “which is good”. The party will vet its candidates on Thursday before submitting the list to the IEC.