The Caluza Hall was packed with thousands of EFF supporters who came to see their party and celebrate Women’s Day. As the crowd waited patiently for the EFF leadership to arrive, they were entertained by musicians such as Teekay and P.Elle.
EFF’s leadership finally arrived and the crowd started cheering and singing. The event began with EFF’s Deputy Secretary Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi introducing the members of the EFF to the crowd and also asked Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi to come and sing the national anthem. Mr Ndlozi then requested the crowd to sing along with him but must exclude the English and Afrikaans part and only sing the version that was sung during the struggle for liberation.
It was Mr Malema’s turn to address the crowd and he said women played a crucial role in South Africa’s liberation struggle. He told the crowd that not only Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and Walter Sisulu are South Africa’s heroes but people must also mention the roles played by women like Lillian Ngoyi and Winnie Mandela.
He said that women’s earnings in the workplace must equal to that of men. He says that some men feel threatened by women who earn more than them.
The EFF President also spoke out against families and communities that protect rapists. He says there are men who rape their kids, mothers and grandmothers but some families choose to turn a blind eye because it is “humiliation” and must stay within the family.
Mr Malema also spoke about how domestic workers are ill-treated, they don’t even have a piece of paper to show that they are employed and they do not even know how a payslip looks like. He said when people mention the most oppressed women in South Africa they must remember the domestic workers.
There was no holding back the EFF President as he mentioned that the most corrupt young man in the Umgungundlovu region is a relative of former President Jacob Zuma. He then called Mduduzi Manana a “convicted woman beater” who sits with President Cyril Ramaphosa who today will address in Cape Town and say he is fighting against the abuse of women but still work with Mduduzi Manana.