Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has accused the ANC-led government of failing to maintain infrastructure inherited from the Bophuthatswana homeland.
Malema was addressing residents of Mahikeng in the North West on Saturday ahead of the November local government elections.
He said under the ANC government infrastructure in the North West provincial capital is falling apart and the town has become the centre of looting.
“They came into power and did not do anything. Everywhere where former Bophuthatswana President, Lucas Mangope, was governing was beautiful. They were supposed to maintain the infrastructure that Mangope had built. They ignored it, now it has dilapidated.
“This place is rotten to the core. They don’t care about it. They say it is a capital city of the North West. A capital city is supposed to be one of the best in the whole of the province. But this place is worse than even Rustenburg, which is not a capital city. Nothing shows that this place is a capital city. If it is a capital city then it’s a capital city of corruption. A capital city of potholes, dirty water and unreliable electricity. A capital city of people fighting for power for them to steal from the poor,” Malema said.
Pleading for electoral support, Malema said the EFF was the only party that can restore Mafikeng.
“You as voters are the ones that put us into power and you're the ones that can take us down. You are the bosses. Stop behaving like politicians are your bosses, they are not your bosses. You are the employer. You must start behaving like an employer. When you make a mistake, rectify by removing. On the 1st of November vote for EFF. The EFF is the only party that can stop looting in Mahikeng. We want to stop all the looting in this place,” he said.
Malema’s campaign will continue in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District on Sunday.