- Julius Malema visited four provinces over the weekend in full campaign mode
- He rallied against the ANC and made several controversial remarks
- Some of his claims, however, such as his condemnation of corruption, did not gel with his own track record
Julius Malema engaged in a charm offensive over the weekened, taking his campaign to four different provinces.
At all of them, he fired up crowds by slamming the ANC, condemning corruption and preaching African unity.
However, his speeches also included some comments that were racially divisive.
Malema made some comments about unity over the weekend, but his speeches also included many racial generalistions, particularly about white people. Briefly.co.za has learned, for example, that the EFF leader claimed over the weekend that all white people's dogs have medical aid.
He also made negative comments about Trevor Manuel and new Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter, which appeared to be driven by the fact that they are the same ethnicity.
Additionally, Malema's condemnation of corruption was also at odds with his own track record. He said that corruption was the same as murder, but his own party was implicated in stealing money during the VBS bank scandal
While his events drew sizeable crowds, Malema's speeches found their main audience on social media. They were livestreamed on various platforms, and amassed large numbers of views, according to the Daily Maverick.
The EFF leader is clearly working hard to make sure his party sees growth in this year's election, but it remains to be seen how South Africans will vote on May 8.
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