- EFF leader Julius Malema says hard-working police officers should be well-paid
- He said brave, hard-working officers who arrest dangerous criminals should be well rewarded for their work
- Malema added that a well-paid officer would resist the temptation presented by bribes
On Tuesday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said hard-working police officers should be well-paid for the mostly thankless work they do. Malema said brave, hard-working officers who arrest dangerous criminals should be well rewarded.
Malema said currently police officers were putting their lives in danger and were not even paid overtime. The outspoken EFF leader was speaking at an EFF by-election victory celebration in Tlhabologang near Coligny.
Malema added that a well-paid police officer would be able to resist the temptation of a bribe.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema was in Tlhabologang to celebrate the EFF’s victory in a by-election for Ward 15 of the Ditsobotla municipality which was held on 25 April.
The EFF won the election by a razor-thin margin of 11 votes over the ANC. According to the IEC, the EFF received 699 votes and the ANC 688, the DA 374, VF PLUS 124 and an independent candidate received 32 votes.
The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the North West, said the ANC’s poor election showing in the by-election should serve as a warning to the party. The organisation is an alliance partner of the ANC.
“Unless service delivery issues receive the urgent attention they deserve, we fear for the worst in the forthcoming elections,” said provincial chairperson Paul Sebegoe.
Sanco said the ANC needed to address concerns about service delivery, corruption and social injustices to win back the confidence of the electorate.
Malema added further fuel to the land debate by telling EFF supporters that they should take back the land in Coligny because it had been stolen.
The EFF has committed itself to building two houses for needy families in Tlhabologang. Malema announced the plan during his speech and said these houses would showcase what kind of housing an EFF-led government would build.
“We are asking the councillor to identify two families, we are going to build houses for them. Our house will have two bedrooms, lounge, dining room, bathroom with a toilet and a kitchen,” he said.
Malema said an EFF-led government would not provide young people with low-cost housing, but would rather create jobs for young people so they could build their own homes.
He said RDP houses were for old people who could not build for themselves.
Malema maintained that the EFF was the only party which was fighting for black people. He said: “We are fighting for black people. Why is only the black community left in poverty, are we a cursed nation, are we a defeated nation, a hopeless nation? Why are we rejected, why are we killed when we speak the truth.”
Malema said winning a ward in the North West was the first step in freeing the province from premier Supra Mahumapelo.
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