Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has sent a stern warning to members to say those fighting to get positions in Parliament won’t get anywhere.
Speaking at Thapelo Lekeka’s funeral on Saturday at Mampudi Primary School in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, Malema said: “Some are literally crying to see themselves in Parliament.
“Those who are selected must be prepared to work for poor people on the ground. If they fail to do their duties they will be recalled and they must accept it. We don’t want to see our members taking the EFF to court.
“We want to see the poor people of South Africa living in proper houses and not shacks. We want their dignity restored.”
Speaking about Lekeka, who was shot dead last week, Malema said the people who killed him were cowards who were afraid to challenge him because they knew he was an educated man.
“They silenced him by shooting him dead but they won’t take his ideas,” he said.
Malema encouraged party members to stay calm and let the police do their work.
“All we need to do is take the spear from our fallen hero and move forward,” he said.
According to Malema, Lekeka had helped the party become the third largest in South Africa with his leadership skills.
“We lost a fighter who was going to contribute to the growth of our party,” he said.
Lekeka’s uncle, Lekesana Saila, said he first showed his leadership skills at the age of seven when he organised a picnic.
“He went out with his friends and they returned home safely. For him to handle such responsibility showed his capabilities.”
Lekeka was buried at Rondebult Cemetery in Boksburg.