The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will do whatever it takes to topple the Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Athol Trollip.
EFF leader Julius Malema was addressing scores of EFF supporters in Port Elizabeth ahead of Thursday’s no confidence vote in Trollip.
Malema says just like former President Jacob Zuma, who survived several no confidence motions against him, Trollip will also be removed from his position soon.
“Trollip will not finish his term as a Mayor of Nelson Mandela. Tomorrow (Thursday) we are going to attempt to remove Trollip. If we fail tomorrow, we will come back again; if we fail we’ll come back again until we collapse him and teach him a lesson. We’re going for him. How many motions of no confidence did not Zuma succeed? Where is Zuma today.”
Malema urged supporters to be peaceful with the outcome of the motion.
“We are not going to vote for Trollip and I want Trollip to continue leading. I do not care as long as he is leading without the mandate of the EFF so that we can give a historical account of why we withdrew our vote. If he wins there is no problem. There will not be war, it is democracy in action.”
Malema says the party remains true to what it has promised the voters. “We are trying to find a way in order to give you the land, we are trying to find a way to give you quality life and restore the dignity of our people. Sometimes we have to kiss monkeys for that, sometimes you have to hug the enemy in order to arrive where we need to go.”
He says to achieve this all the promises the party made, strategic moves have to be made.
“The question is why I voted for the EFF, there was never Trollip in the manifetso of the EFF. Why are you angry today when the EFF says we are removing Trollip? Because you never voted for EFF to vote for Trollip. We are not breaking any contract with the voter.”