Malema visits Phoenix on EFF election campaign

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema is expected in Phoenix, north of Durban, on Saturday.

Malema says as the EFF they are calling for peace across the Phoenix area.

“I don’t want tensions, I want peace and those who don’t want peace are enemies of the EFF. Innocent people lost lives here in Phoenix, but that must not be attributed to every Indian you come across because to do that amounts to self-hate,” says Malema.

Malema called for unity.

“There are a lot of Indians who are against that. It was a barbaric act of people who carried rifles and live ammunition and filmed themselves and took whatever they took and enjoyed shootings, innocent people. So I’m here to say to our people, despite what happened, we belong together and we will overcome all challenges together,” says Malema.

EFF Elections Spokesperson, Leigh-Ann Mathys says they have been campaigning throughout the country.

She says the Phoenix area is one of the hot spots in the province.

“We’ve just started our campaign. We’ve been doing this since the date for elections have been announced. We’ve hit the ground running. We are in turbocharged and we’ll stop after we are done with elections.

LGE 2021 | EFF on a voter registration campaign in KZN

Mathys says the registration weekend presents an opportunity for party president Malema to visit the area.

She says it is important for communities to be united.

“A non-racial South Africa, when you want to build a non-racial South Africa we need to change and this is really a local government problem on how people live and you know we haven’t gotten rid of the segregation of the communities and that is a large contribution to the problem of racism in this country because people are still not socializing together,” says Mathys.


In August, EFF members marched against what they say were ‘racial killings’ in the Phoenix area. At least 36 people were killed in the looting, violence and vigilantism in the Phoenix area. A total of over 300 people were killed in the unrest that hit KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.