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EFF to launch its election manifesto at Orlando Stadium today

Julius Malema is expected to address thousands of party members at the manifesto launch in Soweto today.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, looking at the stage during the preparations a night before his party local election manifesto launch at Orlando Stadium on 29 April 2016. Picture: EFF Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will today launch its local government election manifesto after a series of community meetings over the past three weeks.

EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to address thousands of party members at the manifesto launch in Soweto today.

The red berets are expecting a strong turnout from supporters in Gauteng at the polls.

The nearly three-year-old party says it intends on wrestling power away from the African National Congress in the province- and possibly forcing a coalition.

The launch was preceded by a host of community meetings at which the eff leader lashed out at what he says is poor service delivery.

This will also be the first time Malema makes a public address since he was accused of trying to incite a civil war.

The EFF says it will demonstrate its popularity with the people by filling up Orlando Stadium.

The manifesto launch is due to start at 10 am this morning.

CIVIL WAR REMARKS

In a television interview aired on Sunday, Malema accused the ANC in Gauteng of rigging elections and warned that his party won't allow that to happen again.

Malema's comments are being investigated by the Hawks after the ANC opened a case of high treason against him this week.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said reckless and inflammatory statements have the potential to plunge the country into chaos.

"We all have a right to freedom of speech and we'd like to point out that particular light in itself is not so absolute."

State Security Minister David Mahlobo held a similar view.

"These rights about freedom of expression, of all kinds, have limitations. Propagating war is not allowed."

During his budget vote speech in Parliament yesterday, Mahlobo said state security agencies can't take lightly anything that has the potential to advocate for unconstitutional regime change.