Malema urges Eastern Cape youth to derail scooter programme

EFF leader Julius Malema.
EFF leader Julius Malema.

EFF leader Julius Malema has declared war against the Eastern Cape government’s scooter programme.

Delivering the party’s Youth Day message, Malema said the youth and EFF members in the Eastern Cape must take it upon themselves to remove the scooters from the streets.

“We want to tell the government of the Eastern Cape …‘take those scooters and give them to municipalities, they can use them to deliver mails and bills’ because any of those if they are found in the village claiming that they are coming to fetch a sick person, fighters you know what to do with such a behaviour. I do not want to tell you now, I will tell you in our space and privacy,” Malema said.

The scooter programme, launched by Eastern Cape MEC Sindiswa Gomba accompanied by health minister Zweli Mkhize last week, has received a lot of backlash. 

The scooters are meant to transport sick patients from rural areas in the province where ambulances cannot reach them due to the bad roads in the province. Malema said these scooters further showed that the ANC-led government disregarded the dignity of black people.

He said that EF members  in the Eastern Cape must “take it upon yourselves to show the Eastern Cape government that you don’t want  those scooters”.

“If it means you physically remove them from the streets of the Eastern Cape, do so because we are not going to allow any government to dehumanise our people. To perpetuate the indignity of African people when we are here,” Malema said.

Malema said that the same posture the youth of 1976 took when they stood up to fight against the use of  Afrikaans language as the official medium of instruction, must be repeated.

“Eastern Cape EFF, your immediate challenge is the scooters. Deal with the scooters the same way the 1976 dealt [youth] dealt with the nonsensical apartheid regime. “Don’t be scared of death, don’t be scared of prison, don’t be scared of being isolated if it means restoring the dignity of a black child,” Malema said. 

In his  message, Malema appealed to  young people to be active citizens and take decisions even if they do not work out. He said young people could make mistakes and still have time to learn from and correct them. He said the youth must not listen to people who say the EFF is disrespectful for, among others, calling President Cyril Ramaphosa a “bastard”.

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