Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have called on Zimbabweans to “defend the Zimbabwean revolution by voting for Zanu-PF” and to retain “comrade Robert Mugabe as the president of that liberated nation”.
The statement got Page 3 treatment in the country’s government-owned The Herald this morning, as voters go to the polls, while the ANC’s wishes to Zimbabweans for a successful election didn’t even get a mention.
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ statement, published in full on its Facebook page, was reproduced in the paper almost in full.
In the statement, issued by party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the EFF said it made the call “on behalf of millions of landless, jobless, hopeless, unemployed, poverty stricken and dejected people of South Africa who experience these crises amidst so much mineral and natural resources wealth in South Africa”.
It said “the gains of the Zimbabwean revolution must be defended” which it said found “concrete expression” in Zimbabwe’s land redistribution programme “that took land from 4 000 white settler farmers who owed 80% of Zimbabwean land, and redistributed it to more than 274 000 Zimbabweans”.
Like Mugabe, the EFF slammed the economic sanctions by the West, which it labels a “punishment for returning the stolen land to its rightful owners”.
“We warn the people of Zimbabwe not to hand over your country to the stooges of the West in the form of Morgan Tsvangarai and his MDC-T,” the EFF said.
It said: “We in South Africa draw courage and inspiration from (Zimbabwe’s) achievements. In South Africa we remain landless, poor and under attack from racism every single day of our existence. Our freedom is empty words. We note with joy the indigenisation programme which now extends decolonisation of the economy through ownership of the economy by Zimbabweans.”
Zanu-PF has been confident about winning the elections, with a post on its Facebook page this morning reading: “Victory is certain!”.
It also claims the party’s internal polling “points to a landslide victory”.
The MDC-T has been more cautious on its web page, saying: “Are you ready to vote for change? Better be, because we are in the final lap. We have to do this!!!!”
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