Malema: EFF isn't anti-white

Malema says the party isn't anti-white, but a vanguard movement for the poor.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party is not an anti-white organisation, but rather a vanguard movement for the poor.

Malema addressed hundreds of his supporters at the Stoffel Park informal settlement in Mamelodi at the weekend and urged white people to become members.

Standing on the stage of the EFF's newly launched campaign truck, Malema told hundreds of his supporters nothing had changed in South Africa since apartheid.

"Our mothers were domestic workers during apartheid and you are domestic workers during democracy. If we don't change it now our children will continue to be the slaves of the white man."

He criticised the ANC-led government and accused it of stealing from the poor.

"If you want change you must first change your vote."

The party will launch its official election manifesto this weekend.

Malema also told his supporters that President Jacob Zuma lacks confidence in his own administration and that he rather chose to highlight successes of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation Address.

He also accused Zuma of lying to South Africans when he said 95 percent of the population had access to water, sanitation and decent homes.

He said the reality is that 1.4 million people lost their jobs since Zuma became president.

Malema said the only thing Zuma has managed to do right is dance.

"How many times has he danced since 2009? But he has never provided services to our people."

Malema told residents if they vote for him, each ward councillor would have designated equipment at their house which would fix roads after they have been eroded by floods.