Malema to address Youth Day rally in Boipatong

Firebrand Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to address thousands of party supporters at a rally in Boipatong stadium in the Vaal Triangle on Friday.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: SOWETANLIVE / FILE

The rally is one of several gatherings across the country commemorating Youth Day‚ with the official government event in North West set to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking to TimesLIVE‚ EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that Malema would be addressing matters affecting South African youth and also “pointing the way forward” for the youth.

“We chose to come to Boipatong because the ruling party has forgotten the people of this place. June 16 is coinciding with the Boipatong Massacre‚ so we are also here to remember that‚” Ndlozi said.

In the early 1990s‚ during the country’s transition to democracy‚ the township witnessed an outbreak of violence between the ANC and the IFP‚ with tensions climaxing on 17 June 1992‚ leaving 49 people dead and many more injured.

A monument in remembrance of the fallen has since been unveiled in the middle on the township.