By Baldwin Ndaba for IOL
Sassa recipients are not going to pay for water and electricity services under an EFF government – people living in the suburbs will have to subsidise them.
This was a commitment made by EFF leader Julius Malema on Tuesday when he addressed more than 3 000 of his supporters at Bopheleng’s ward 6 in the Vaal, which also comprised a neighbouring informal settlement.
Malema was on a campaign trail in various areas of the Vaal in which he urged voters to cast their ballot for his party. He also urged first-time voters and those who relocated from the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and various neighbouring towns and now living in Bophelong, to register to vote in ward 6 this weekend.
Malema told the crowd that the fact that millions of people are recipients of Sassa grants was an indication of their “poor status”.
“So under an EFF government, those that are receiving grants are not going to pay for water and electricity. The Sassa money is not enough. So who will pay for them? Malema asked.
In response to his own question, Malema said people living in neighbouring suburbs will have to pay for services used by grant recipients.
“Only a radical organisation can achieve this. We cannot allow people who get Sassa money to use the same funds to pay for water and electricity in the municipality. Where do they get such money? They must use the Sassa money to pay for food and buy clothes for their children,” Malema insisted.