Malema wants end to violent protests

The EFF leader told supporters in the North West to stop destroying public property.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema holds a news conference in Johannesburg, 1 August 2013. Picture: SAPA.

PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema on Wednesday addressed a crowd of supporters in Moretele in the North West.

He urged the community to refrain from taking part in violent service during protests.

While he encouraged residents to continue demanding services from government, Malema told the crowd to end the destruction of public property, saying these facilities belong to the people.

The former ANC Youth League leader also took a swipe at President Jacob Zuma.

In 2009, Malema backed Zuma to become president.

He criticised Zuma for the construction of a firepool at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, instead of providing water to the poor.

Malema slammed ANC-run municipalities and claimed there was a problem of nepotism and corruption.

He says officials at ANC-led municipalities employ their relatives and sexual partners, adding that the ruling party is an organisation solely for the black elite.

The politician says citizens should use the power given to them by Nelson Mandela - the vote.

The EFF leader also promised that if is party is elected to lead the country, he'll double the child grant to R400.

The delegation left the area after handing over a memorandum of demands to a mayoral committee member.

Meanwhile, Malema is expected to hold a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday on how he is going to respond to the provisional sequestration order handed to him by the High Court in Pretoria this week.

The setback has been labelled a potential game-changer for his political career.