'Social grants need to be increased'

Julius Malema is campaigning in Tshwane today and is addressing Hammanskraal residents.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses Hammanskraal residents. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party believes social grants need to be increased, particularly for the elderly.

He is in Ward 49, which saw violent forced removals earlier this year.

Hundreds of people have gathered to listen to Malema with some sporting the party's trademark red berets.

Residents took to the stage to express their concerns with problems ranging from poverty and housing to better service delivery.

Malema has told the crowd that the EFF is calling for elderly social grants to be increased to R3,000 and an increase for child grants as well.

He also spoke of the advantages of having a clinic in every ward.

Malema says there's been an increase in support for the red berets especially from the elderly people.

"What humbles me the most about this year's local government elections is that the elderly people are coming out in their numbers. I now speak to older people and pensioners who say to us 'Please help us EFF, you're our last hope'."