MANY thought there would be bloodshed when the EFF and ANCYL held events just 3km apart in Thembisa east of Johannesburg.
When Juju arrived at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, he was met with thunderous applause.
At the nearby Makhulong Stadium, the ANCYL wasted no time insulting their former president in front of about 3000 members.
The EFF’s speakers included its head of justice Dali Mpofu, while the Youth League brought out veteran comedian David Kau.
Confusion reigned at Mehlareng when unknown rappers took to the stage and failed to entertain EFF supporters while Zahara, Dr Malinga, Uhuru, Solly Moholo, Ntando and DJ Black Coffee performed for the Youth League.
The EFF had controversial Pastor
Mbhoro open with an interfaith prayer.
He was followed by a representative of the Muslim faith who surprised all by shouting: “Viva EFF!”
Mpofu told the crowd the EFF was denied permission to Makhulong Stadium as it was only used for soccer, and then the ANCYL got the venue.
But Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the Youth League had the right to be anywhere. He called the DA, EFF, Cope and the UDM witches and magicians. Pule Mabe said Malema’s father was an adult street kid building houses for people who weren’t homeless.