18 Sep 2021
Leader of economic freedom fighters Julius Malema (black) with EFF general secretary Marshall Dlamini during an election campaign in Durban PHOTO: Thabiso Goba
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said his party was not anti-Indian.
Malema was speaking in Phoenix, Durban, on Saturday when he visited polling stations in the area.
Racial tensions in Phoenix reportedly led to the murder of 36 people during the July civil unrest.
“We have come to tell our candidate that Phoenix is not a no-go area. It is a home for everyone and the EFF is not an anti-Indian organization, it is a non-racial organization. [The EFF] exists everywhere and it has no problem with Indians.
“There were a few elements that engaged in criminal activity and law enforcement needs to isolate them and deal with them decisively,” Malema said.
Phoenix was the first stop in Malema’s two-day campaign campaign in Durban, where he plans to visit eight parts of the city.
Clifford James is the EFF candidate councilor for Ward 49 of the Municipality of eThekwini, Phoenix.
EFF won six public representative seats in eThekwini in previous municipal elections.
Malema said he expects the party to do better in the 2021 municipal elections which are slated for November 1.
“People are tired. People want services … electricity, roads, jobs and those jobs should not be given to parents or to members of certain political parties, ”he said.
At the same time, Thabani Ngwira, spokesperson for the Election Commission (IEC) for KwaZulu-Natal province, said the recording of Saturday’s vote went without serious incident.
In Msunduzi, community protests were reported.
“We received a report on this, but it did not affect the registration process,” he said.
Ngwira said statistics on the number of eligible voters who registered were still being gathered at 7 p.m. on Saturday.