The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has launched its campaign for the 2021 Local Government Elections in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. However, the party has raised concerns over campaigning under COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

EFF leader, Julius Malema says it is practically impossible to hold political rallies as huge gatherings are not allowed. Malema says his party will be targeting the big Metros on the 1st of November.

“We are taking all the Metros, all of them starting with Ethekwini  – we are taking all the municipalities. The ANC is dead and we are not going to wake up the dead. We are going to live like we are alone. We are cruising in these elections without any contestation. Any other thing it will be the courts, the IEC and the ANC against the EFF and we want to defeat them combined.”

EFF welcomes Zuma’s parole

The EFF has welcomed the decision of Correctional Services to grant former President Jacob Zuma a medical parole. Malema says questioning people’ medical conditions is un-dignifying them.

The DA wants Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola as well as the outgoing Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser to brief Parliament on the medical parole of former President Jacob Zuma.

Malema says the country’s institutions should be respected.

“Let us not set a wrong precedent. Will I  want to be treated the same way Zuma is being treated that his medical conditions report must now be placed in the hands of lawyers of political opponents. We cannot allow that, we must trust our institutions. We have full confidence in the medical parole, we have full confidence in the SANDF, the health department which is looking – we are not doctors.”

EFF leader Julius Malema in Alexandra township putting up posters for the upcoming elections