Malema speaks to churches, asks people to pray for peaceful elections

Malema speaks to churches, asks people to pray for peaceful elections

- Addressing a church north of Pretoria, the EFF leader asked South Africans to pray for peaceful elections

- He also said he forgave former president Jacob Zuma

- Malema added that he was confident of the EFF's election performance, claiming that the ANC and DA were losing support

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Julius Malema has asked church leaders to pray for the upcoming elections to be peaceful.

The EFF leader was addressing the Apostolic Faith Mission River of Life north of Pretoria, where he implored the congregation to ask for divine intervention to protect voters from intimidation.

Malema asked God for "wisdom" as the EFF headed toward its manifesto launch, and described the party as the "government in waiting."

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Malema also announced that he had forgiven former president Jacob Zuma.

Malema and Zuma have had a rocky relationship. After his removal from the ANC Youth League and the launching of the EFF, Malema became a vocal critic of Zuma.

He frequently accused the former president of corruption and of being a Gupta stooge, assigning him the nickname "Zupta."

"I was saying to the pastor, we have forgiven Zuma because of the sermon, so Zuma must thank the pastor because we got wisdom from the pastor," Malema said.

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Malema was making the appearance at the church as part of his election campaign. The EFF is gearing up for campaign mode as it draws near to its manifesto launch this weekend.

At the event, the party is expected to finalise its plans for the election and present its policy platform.

Malema, however, seemed confident that he would not need the intervention a higher power to do well in the elections. He said it was "scientifically proven" that the ANC and DA were losing support.

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