Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema has defended residents who use illegal electricity connections in townships and informal settlements, saying his government would not punish them if the red berets assumed power.
Malema was addressing thousands of EFF supporters in Alexandra, Johannesburg, where the party held its May Day rally.
Alexandra is one of the country’s most congested, with many people erecting illegal structures and connecting to the grid illegally.
Malema said the ability of residents to connect electricity for themselves was actually exposing the failures and shortcomings of government.
“That is not illegal connection. That is leadership. You are providing leadership where there is no leadership. An EFF government will never call you izinyokanyoka for connecting electricity. If we find you, we are going to fix it properly for you instead. If ordinary people can do it, it means government can perfect it,” he said.