Malema: It's not about the money

EFF leader Julius Malema says the EFF had no budget when it started.

A supporter holds up a painting of EFF leader Julius Malema at a pre-election rally in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party wants to inspire the hopeless, saying long gone are the days that politicians were treated as royalty.

Speaking at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville for the party's final rally ahead of Wednesday's elections, Malema said the EFF had no budget when it started.

Julius Malema arriving at the EFF rally.

"It's not about the money. It's about the commitment, the political will. If you have an idea, for as long as you are committed to that idea, it doesn't matter whether you have money or not."

He told members that no one would dictate to the EFF.

"Therefore we shall not report to London, we shall report to our people. London likes it or not, but South Africa will decide how South Africa must be governed."

Malema, speaking mostly in Sepedi, also introduced his premier candidates ahead of the election.

Malema danced in front of the crowd at Sunday's EFF rally in Atteridgeville.

EFF members also conducted a physical demonstration on how they would remove e-tolls.

EFF member Dali Mpofu arrives at Sunday's EFF rally in Atteridgeville, 4 May 2014. Pictures: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Malema asked South Africans to give his party only five years to prove it could change the country for the better.

The former ANC Youth League leader said the EFF was the only party of the future that would not deviate from the ideals contained in the Freedom Charter.

Malema alleges the EFF was the only party that championed the political aspirations of poor people.

"There is no future without EFF. You cannot imagine the future without the EFF because any future without the EFF is suffering."

Malema said if his party won the general elections, it would prioritise nationalising all mineral resources, including land, banks and other industries.

He said his government would divert money from ministers' salaries to increase social grants, and he would also cut all benefits for ministers including cars, credit cards and houses.