The EFF launched their provincial manifesto at Chatsworth Sports Stadium, south of Durban, with leader Malema taking to the podium four hours late. During his speech, Malema said that Indians needed to stop treating blacks poorly, making specific references to garden workers.
“We are all victims of apartheid, we were all exploited by apartheid. Our Indians must accept that without unity of purpose among Africans and Indians, the white minority will continue to exploit us. We are saying to them: Pay our people proper salaries. Don’t pay them with food, don’t pay them with groceries, don’t pay them with old clothes, old klere – we don’t [want] our people paid peanuts.”
Malema went on to criticise the ANC’s seemingly age-old campaigning strategy of handing out t-shirts.
“The ANC has provided people with t-shirts with the faces of previous leaders and yet cannot provide homes and jobs,” he said.
“You must secure the future of your child. Not a t-shirt, what will a t-shirt do for you?”