Election bites: EFF’s secret weapon

Scrolla.Africa delivers all you need to know ahead of the 29 May elections.

EFF – Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu use EFF secretary general Marshall Dlamini as the party’s secret weapon in mass mobilisation. Dlamini is proving to be popular in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, and he is rescuing the EFF campaign in highly contested KZN, where Shivambu failed. The EFF is hosting its Tshela Thupa rally at the 45,000-seater Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Saturday.

DA – There will hopefully be no flag burning at the DA’s last rally on Saturday at Willowmoore Stadium in Benoni. Giant-size SA flags have been erected on either side of the impressive stage. DA leaders have defended their fear-mongering stance in the flag-burning advert, saying they were making a political point. But, their unpatriotic attitude offended the nation.

SAPS/SANDF – Police have identified 49 of the 1,500 voting stations in the Western Cape as high-risk and needing extra boots on the ground. SAPS provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile said: “We will have the normal policing continuing in the areas, making sure there’s visibility.” The SANDF has confirmed that soldiers will be on standby to back up the police during the election season.

ANC – With the elections just a few days away, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Bill and the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill. The signing ceremony was held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Also, during this election season, Ramaphosa signed the National Health Insurance Act, intending to pave the way for universal access to quality healthcare for the black majority. The ANC will hold its Siyanqoba Rally at FNB stadium on Saturday, with Ramaphosa presenting the main address.

MK – Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto Wesizwe party is hosting its final rally outside the 75,000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Previously, the party said it could not afford to hire stadiums. Its founder, Jabulani Khumalo, recently revealed that they ran out of cash because they had to pay R1-million to the lawyers led by advocate Dali Mpofu in the Zuma presidential eligibility case against the IEC. Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile, and Zuma himself have been accused of using the party funding as a personal piggy bank.

IFP – Party president Velenkosini Hlabisa has proudly stolen the ANC “Siyanqoba rally” tag and called on IFP supporters to join in the party’s “Sizonqoba rally” to be hosted at Umhlathuze Sports Complex on Saturday. After the local government elections, the IFP booted the ANC out of the lucrative Umhlathuze district municipality comprising Richards Bay, Empangeni, Heatonville and Buchanana in Ntambanana.

Pictured above: EFF secretary general Marshall Dlamini. 

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