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South Africa: Malema accuses Zuma of misplaced priority in campaign expenditure

South Africa: Malema accuses Zuma of misplaced priority in campaign expenditure

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Supporters of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party, EFF turned out massively on Sunday for the party’s final rally in Polokwane before the competitive municipal poll.

The massive attendance gave the EFF officials hope about the party’s ability to challenge the ruling ANC party saying the EFF’s growth in three years shows its ability to beat the century old ANC.

Party leaders boosted that “not a single drop of blood was spilled” when the EFF selected its councillor candidates stressing that they will never kill for power.

They said to you they don't have money for free education but the ANC spent more than 1 billion rands in three months campaigning for the votes. Imagine if they had taken that 1 billion and gave it to students......

“We are saying to you today, all of you who are listening from home, we are saying to you, Nelson Mandela (Bay Municipality) and PE (Port Elizabeth), the jobs are coming. A better life is coming. Not a better life for the few, but a better life for all South Africans, not the ANC members only,” leader of the EFF, Julius Malema said.

The ruling ANC has been accused of misplaced priority.

Malema says the party’s decision to use huge sums in three months campaigning for votes instead of using the money to provide free Education to South Africans does not reflect the party’s preached ideals.

“They said to you they don’t have money for free education but the ANC spent more than 1 billion rands( about $72million) in three months campaigning for the votes. Imagine if they had taken that 1 billion and gave it to students at TUT, and gave it to students at Wits, at Unisa, at Univen, at the university of Limpopo,” Malema said.

The leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, known within party circles as“Commander-in-Chief,” talked about his vision of providing free water and electricity as well as better housing conditions for struggling South Africans.

President Zuma cited anti-apartheid history and past accomplishments as strong points as the ANC wrapped up its campaigns on Sunday.

“Compatriots, August 3, is a big day for advancing people’s power. Millions of our people must vote ANC on the day, and then able their movements to continue improving the lives of our people,” Jacob Zuma said.

Jacob Zuma’s second term power ends in 2019 and he is not eligible to run for president again .