Johannesburg, 30 April 2016 - The Economic Freedom Fighters launched their local government election manifesto in Soweto on Saturday. It's the first time the party is contesting the municipal poll.
- Editor&39;s note: This live stream event has now ended. You may watch a recording of proceedings in the gallery above, or read further here:
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JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters is rounding off the 2016LocalElections manifesto launches, as they unveil theirs at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
It&39;s the first time the party is contesting the municipal poll.
EFF leaders have been holding community meetings to drum up support for the event at Orlando Stadium.
In its first national elections in 2014, the EFF won more than a million votes.
The EFF secured 25 seats in Parliament, making it the third largest party in the National Assembly.
Party leader Julius Malema on Saturday has the privilege of addressing a capacity crowd at Orlando Stadium.
"In the EFF we don&39;t make promises, we make commitments," he told the roughly 35,000 strong crowd.
Malema says his party is still committed to the two cardinal pillars of its founding manifesto: The expropriation of land without compensation and the nationalisation of mines without compensation.
He says his party will change Parliament to reflect the people of South Africa.
Malema says fighting poverty must be a priority.
"Let our priorities not be mixed up; let’s get our priorities right. Let those who are rich be patient, and be pained by the suffering of our people. Why would you be angry that there’s no bicycle lane, when there are children who go to bed without food. Let us deliver first to the last man who’s standing in the queue waiting to put bread on the table."
Malema: We want wi-fi in public spaces. It must help you access jobs EFFManifestoLaunch— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 30, 2016
EFFManifesto Malema: we want metro police officers to know under EFF they wont be allowed to confiscate traders merchandise on the streets— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) April 30, 2016
EFFManifestoLaunch Malema: We must allow people to sell on the streets because it keeps them off nyaope— Lindi masinga (@IamSwazi) April 30, 2016
Malema: EFF municipality will invest in early child development— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 30, 2016
Malema - our children must attend early childhood development. This thing of being old and can&39;t count must end EFFManifesto— Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) April 30, 2016
Malema - we will expropriate land without compensation. EFFManifesto— Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) April 30, 2016
On Tuesday this past week, the ANC laid a charge of treason against EFF leader Julius Malema at the Hillbrow police station, following a controversial TV interview in which Malema said his party was prepared take up arms against the government.
Malema: You have been voting for existing parties but you still don&39;t have services.— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 30, 2016
Malema: The ANC is lead by clowns. That is why they confuse the truth with treason. You come with violence, we&39;ll respond with violence— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 30, 2016
Malema: We&39;ll never take guns to innocent people. But if you come with violence, we&39;ll defend ourselves— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 30, 2016
Watch the gallery below for the EFF&39;s 2016LocalElections build up.
Orlando stadium is fully painted red! EFFManifesto pic.twitter.com/o299PChUGj
— Lindokuhle Xulu (@LindokuhlXulu1) April 30, 2016