SABC, 18 April 2014

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused ANC leaders of abusing former president Nelson Mandela’s name in their campaign for May the seventh general elections. He has been speaking while on campaign trail in Phagameng township in Modimolle, Limpopo.

Malema says the ANC does not have charismatic leaders whose names can be used to woo voters.  He says the provision of clean water is what Mandela went to jail for. The EFF leader says the only reason the ANC say do it for Mandela is that there is no one amongst them who has got the charisma and the dignity of Nelson Mandela.

“They must say vote for Jacob Zuma because they are doing it for Zuma we cannot do it for Mandela, Mandela is no more,” says Malema, who has been campaigning in Modimmole, Limpopo.

EFF started its campaign in Bela-Bela and scores of people wearing red T-shirts bearing Malema’s face and red berets attended an election rally in Phagameng township.

Meanwhile, the ANC in the Eastern Cape has despatched its leaders to various churches to attend Easter weekend services. Some of the leaders have been invited by some churches to speak to their congregations about the country’s political developments and the May 7th elections.

South African Communist Party national leader and Provincial Executive Committee member Bulelwa Tunyiswa was deployed to the Fort Beaufort Methodist church. She called on people to ensure that on the 7th of May they go to the polls , they do exactly what they did in 1994 because they have a responsibility of caring forward the work and commitments of ANC and former President Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and now current President Jacob Zuma.

The Reverend Sizwe Hlangani says it’s important for politicians to be visible in churches. Rev Hlangani says they are happy to see representatives of people in the mist especially during this time of Easter when Christians celebrate the death of Jesus Christ.