Malema slams ANC and DA's use of former leaders on campaign trail

Malema slams ANC and DA's use of former leaders on campaign trail

- Julius Malema has criticised the DA and ANC for deploying former leaders ahead of the 8 May elections

- Malema said these were "resurrection" tactics

- The ANC and DA, however, stand by the use of former leaders to shore up support

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EFF leader Julius Malema has slammed the DA and ANC's use of former leaders on the campaign trail, calling it a "sign of desperation".

This comes after former DA leader Tony Leon joined the party's campaign efforts, while former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe have also publicly pledged support for the ANC.

The EFF, only five years old, does not have party elders to enlist, with Malema saying it would take four decades for the party to have such elders of its own.

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Malema criticised the use of former party leaders for electioneering, saying it was a kind of "resurrection". He fired shots at the DA's use of Tony Leon to drum up support, saying that Leon "couldn't get 5% himself in 1994".

The EFF leader also threw shade at Thabo Mbeki's endorsement of the ANC. He said that Mbeki just signed a pledge and did not even appear on the campaign trail. He called this an "elitist" campaign and expressed doubt that it would be effective, according to News24.

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Maimane defended the DA's use of Tony Leon to campaign, however, saying that Leon's presence on the campaign trail was not unusual, as he had also gone door-to-door for the DA in 2016. 

The ANC's deployment of Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe also appears to have paid off for the party, as their performance in polls saw a boost after the former presidents pledged their support, has gathered.

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