Thousands of supporters have gathered on Sunday (5 May), at Orlando stadium for the Economic Freedom Fighter “Tshela Thupa” Rally. Tshela thupa was the final rally of the party ahead of the elections on Wednesday, 8 May.
The Economic Freedom Fighter leader, Julius Malema said that the Tshela Thupa rally is a pre-celebration of their election victory, saying that they will going into the Union building with a Vosho (South African dance that involves squatting and kicking at the same time). The victory mood was captured with an overexcited crowd singing struggle songs led by the National Spokesperson of the party, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi while waiting for the Commander in Chief to arrive.
As he arrives, the atmosphere in the stadium became even more feverish.
Malema, whose grandmother died on Saturday, told the supporters at the rally that he may not be with his grandmother but he is not an orphan because his grandmother left him in the hands of the EFF.
During his address, Malema said that the EFF is made by the squatter camps, the townships, domestic workers, security guards and all those who are oppressed by the current government not by the media.
“Fighters, 8 May, we are going to vote EFF. We are standing firm, we are not shaken, and we will never be shaken until we restore the dignity of black people,” he added.
While the EFF rally was convened at Orlando Stadium, the African National Congress held the Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park Stadium on Sunday. The party leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on all South Africans to vote for the only political party that has the capability to unite the country in realising their common aspirations for a better life.
Both parties filled both the stadiums, with South Africans showing supporters wearing their party gears.
While the EFF supporters were scattered in Orlando, coming from all walks of life, a helicopter was seen attempting to gate crash the proceedings of the rally, pulling a “Vote ANC” banner behind it.
Meanwhile Black First, Land First party leader Andile Mngxithama slammed both parties for pulling all the stops to ensure that they fill up the stadiums.
He went on to congratulate the two parties for filling up the stadiums like the South African rapper Casper Nyovest.