Malema: EFF will contest elections

Malema confirmed his party will be on the ballot paper to contest both national and provincial elections.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has confirmed the party will be on the ballot paper to contest both the national and provincial elections.

Addressing hundreds of supporters at the Western Cape launch of the party's manifesto, Malema said the money, required by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), had been raised at the last minute.

Malema said the EFF was confident of an overwhelming win in the province.

Malema says while his party was not happy about the deposit the IEC required from political parties who contest the elections, it had paid the money because it was confident it would fare well.

He addressed hundreds of supporters at the Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha to launch the party's provincial manifesto.

He took a swipe at the official opposition, saying there was no good Western Cape story because a lot of people still did not have proper housing and sanitation.

Malema promised free education up to tertiary level and said his party would enforce a minimum wage of R4,500.

Earlier on Saturday various EFF supporters feared that Malema would not show up for the launch after he was a no-show on two occasions this week where he was meant to kick-start his party's electioneering campaign in the Western Cape.

However, party officials said Malema had requested to be informed when the stadium was full.

Supporters of the EFF in Mfuleni and Manenberg were left disappointed when Malema failed to arrive to campaign in the areas earlier this week.

On Tuesday the EFF leader lashed out at the judge who dismissed an urgent application lodged by the party challenging the R600,000 fee charged by the IEC for parties to register their candidate lists.