Seeing white hobos is democracy at work, EFF leader Julius Malema has told his followers on the election trail in Limpopo.
Speaking to hundreds of people in Lebowakgomo yesterday evening, the charismatic leader had the crowd in stitches recounting a conversation he had with a white homeless man in Polokwane.
“He asked me for a hundred rand; I was very happy. This thing of democracy is really working if white people are asking me for money,” he said animatedly.
“Even if they are hobos, they never forget they are white. They never compromise on their standards, they don’t take anything less than what they think they deserve,” he continued, getting serious.
“You have got a house but your house is not anywhere close to where that white hobo is going to sleep. You are not a hobo, but you don’t have water,” he told the crowd.
“A white hobo says to me there where we sleep there is warm water, but you don’t have water. A white hobo will never sleep where there is no hot water, you are sleeping where there is no water at all.”
The meeting was Malema’s fourth one of the day. On Tuesday he addressed five meetings.
Each one has been attended by hundreds of people, with Malema sticking to the main theme of calling for a dignified life for black people through the provision of basic services. This includes free water and electricity for the poor, access to free sanitation pads for especially school-going girls, and flushing toilets.
“You don’t deserve less, you deserve quality. What crime did we commit as black people? Black is like a curse. Black should not be a curse, black must be beautiful.
“Today there is nothing of quality that gets delivered to a black person. People died for us to have quality things but people continue to suffer today even after suffering during apartheid.”
Today the EFF leader will up the ante and address ten meetings.
The two-week long tour of Limpopo will wrap up his countrywide roadtrip which began a few weeks ago – Limpopo was the only remaining province.
The tour is two-pronged, acting as a campaign for the August 3 polls but also as mobilisation for the Tshela Thupa rally – the final push before elections – which will take place at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Limpopo on 31 July. The ANC will hold its Siyanqoba rally in Ellis Park, and the DA their rally in Dobsonville on the same day.
“The power is in your hands, we can only do so much, remember that when you vote. Remember the woman who gives birth in a shack, remember the unemployed sisters, remember the people who were killed at Marikana,” he said to residents of Bela Bela.