21 January 2022
The Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema has started some campaign that set to shake things up in South Africa and in the government.
Malema slammed the government, particularly the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa for restricting fans at the stadiums for watching sports matches.
Juju criticised the government and said it does not make sense that fans are restricted at the stadiums yet political parties are able to hold their rallies inside the stadium.
Mthethwa last year said that the full return to the stadiums will only happen when majority of people have been vaccinated. He stated that only the vaccinated will be allowed inside the stadiums. Last year, we saw some matches held at the FNB stadiums which only accepted 2000 vaccinated fans.
On Thursday, Malema led his supporters in a march to Mthethwa's office of Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, in Pretoria.
Hundreds of EFF supporters embarked on this march. He called for an end to wearing face masks as a precaution against Covid-19 and for stadiums to be opened for spectators regardless of vaccination status.
This picket was joined by sports heavyweights and figures which included AmaZulu FC chairperson, Sandile Zungu, SA Football Players Union (SAFPU) general secretary Nhlanhla Shabalala and National Football supporter's association (NAFSA) acting CEO Siyabulela Loyilane.
Malema addressed the crowd that included various football clubs and artists.
He said that all of us we are encouraged to vaccinate but no one is going to force anyone to vaccinate. Juju stated that we must vaccinate on our own.
He urged those who want to the stadiums to do so. Malema also said that they believe in science and that vaccines are the solution to the problem but people must not be forced to vaccinate.
He also made an example of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which kills but a condom is used to protect yourself, no one has ever went into every room to check if people are using condoms. People were only encouraged to do the right thing because it is a personal choice.
Malema said if there was no indication from the government on 10 days, they will begin sit in at the FNB stadium.
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