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EFF wave takes Mankweng

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YOLANDE NEL
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EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema greets the crowd upon arrival at UL on Tuesday.

EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema greets the crowd upon arrival at UL on Tuesday.

Concerns over service delivery matters aired by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters around Mankweng during three days of interaction with Commander-In-Chief, Julius Malema and party representatives this weekend, would either be raised in Parliament and the Provincial Legislature or serve as basis for mobilising community demonstrations.
EFF Parliamentarian and national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the matters which the leadership had been alerted on would be followed up by either being raised in Parliament and the Legislature or during community demonstrations. On Saturday afternoon a fast growing crowd gathered at the turn-off to Nobody/Ga-Mothapo for a community meeting that served as part of the build-up to the EFF Youth Day celebrations at the University of Limpopo (UL), where the student command structures of the EFF had been meeting for their national assembly on the weekend. For some individuals the wait was worth the while in order for them to share their concerns with their leader. They seemingly echoed concerns of residents elsewhere in the area who, according to Ndlozi, alerted the leadership on excessive assessment rates, problematic water and electricity provision and applications for registration for RDP houses, lack of access roads especially in the rainy season, unemployment as well as a shortage of drugs at clinics that were also under-staffed and under-resourced.
Herbert Rachuene reports that Malema encouraged the youth to remember what the youth of 1976 fought for, study hard, practice safe sex and refrain from drug and alcohol abuse in his address during the Youth Day celebrations staged by the EFF. Turning to politics, he assured the crowd that they would take over Polokwane Municipality in the 2016 local government elections.

An emotional Johanna Letsoalo is comforted as she relates her struggle for an RDP house during a slot on Saturday afternoon’s programme for interaction between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national and provincial leadership and the local community at Nobody. To the left is EFF Parliamentarian and national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

An emotional Johanna Letsoalo is comforted as she relates her struggle for an RDP house during a slot on Saturday afternoon’s programme for interaction between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national and provincial leadership and the local community at Nobody. To the left is EFF Parliamentarian and national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

EFF Provincial Leader Michael Mathebe tries on party regalia for purchase from a merchant before the start of Saturday’s event.

EFF Provincial Leader Michael Mathebe tries on party regalia for purchase from a merchant before the start of Saturday’s event.

In a light-hearted moment EFF Parliamentarian and national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi secures visuals of the crowd.

In a light-hearted moment EFF Parliamentarian and national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi secures visuals of the crowd.

Excited members of the crowd secure visuals of their leadership.

Excited members of the crowd secure visuals of their leadership.

Local performer Makoti entertains an escalating crowd anxiously awaiting the arrival of Julius Malema at Nobody.

Local performer Makoti entertains an escalating crowd anxiously awaiting the arrival of Julius Malema at Nobody.

EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema is greeted by EFF Provincial Leader Michael Mathebe upon Malema’s arrival at Nobody on Saturday.

EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema is greeted by EFF Provincial Leader Michael Mathebe upon Malema’s arrival at Nobody on Saturday.