By Carla Venter,  06 April 2014

Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), said his party was not entering the ring to lose.

“You don’t go boxing and expect to lose. You only get into the boxing ring when you can win,” he said at the Election Result Operation Centre in Pretoria yesterday.

Malema took a tour of the 11 000m2 centre, which will be the epicenter of this year’s election operations. “We came here to see what it looks like and to show our appreciation for the work the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has done,” he said.

The EFF held a massive election rally in Atteridgeville on Sunday, packing the Lucas Moripe Stadium to capacity.

The EFF is one of the newest parties contesting this year’s elections. Malema said his party is doing exceptionally well especially as it is only eight months old.

Malema said although Pansy Tlakula, the IEC chairperson, had been brought under suspicion recently, that did not jeopardise the independence of the IEC and the election process.

Malema told The Citizen he will be voting in Sheshego in Limpopo tomorrow at Mponegele Lower Primary.

“I am voting at home because my people there need change,” Malema said.