Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says residents in informal settlements will seek alternative means of getting services instead of waiting for municipalities.

He was addressing the Mooidraai community in the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the Free State on Sunday.

He says communities must have electricity as a form of security.

Malema has rejected integrated development planning, saying communities need electricity urgently.

“The reason why we’re going to have illegal connections is because we are desperately looking for electricity. We want electricity as in yesterday because electricity cannot be postponed. When we have electricity, we are saving our women, we are saving our children because they are all victims of criminals. Electricity is not a luxury, electricity is security.”

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Land occupancy 

Malema has encouraged the Mooidraai residents to continue occupying the land in the area.

Malema says the area belongs to the residents.

Last year, the party encouraged residents in the area to occupy a municipal farm, saying it would provide services to them should it be elected in the 2021 Local Government Elections.

The Metsimaholo Local Municipality’s court bid to evict the families failed.

Malema has promised decent housing and services to those who are without ablution facilities.

“We will never let go of this place. It belongs to us. Our children’s homes are here. Every house must have a flushing toilet. If it doesn’t have a flushing toilet, it’s not a proper house. They said we are equal after 1994. They are turning us into animals. We are no different from animals. We must be different from animals because we are human beings. We must be treated with respect and respect means a flushing toilet,” says Malema.