The Commander-in-Chief (CiC) of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has said his party (also known as the Red Berets) will not comply with the Covid-19 regulations on the number of people allowed to gather at outdoor events as it campaigns for the upcoming local government elections to be held on 1 November.
Malema was on Monday responding to criticism that the EFF manifesto launch on Sunday at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg had contravened Covid-19 regulations because the number of people in attendance was more than the regulated number for outdoor gatherings.
The EFF leader said the party has previously stated that it will not comply with the regulations, adding that state and African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa had a rally at Thembisa, Kempton Park, Gauteng also on Sunday and he was not criticized for this, though more people were gathered there than at the EFF manifesto launch.
Malema said the “nonsensical” Covid-19 regulations are only applied to the EFF, which he added will not happen.
The EFF leader said the Democratic Alliance (DA) should first direct its complaints about the contravening of Covid-19 regulations to Ramaphosa.
On Sunday, one of the DA’s senior leaders, Natasha Mazzone called for action to be taken against the EFF following the Red Berets’ manifesto launch on Sunday.
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On Monday, Malema questioned why the Covid-19 regulations are not being applied fairly, considering that Ramaphosa, and the ANC, were holding rallies where the gathering of people was in contravention of the regulations.
“We are not going to be outsmarted by fools,” Malema said, reiterating that the EFF has said that the regulations do not make sense and that the Red Berets will not comply with them.
Malema was on Monday unveiling the EFF’s election campaign billboard at OR Tambo International Airport, which he added is a sign of the party’s readiness to campaign for the local government elections.
The Red Berets will have election posters all across the country, in all municipalities, including posters of the party’s candidates, Malema said.
Malema added that the EFF is very serious about the upcoming elections and it is targeting to lead the pack after voters go to the polls, and that the party hopes to win as many as possible municipalities.
The EFF will soon launch its radio and TV campaigns, Malema said.
The EFF leader said the party will fork out a couple of millions for “a very ambitious plan” as it campaigns and that once the Red Berets receive contributions or donations towards its campaign these will be declared.
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