The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are looking to fill up Orlando Stadium on 5 May but, according to leader Julius Malema, rumoured celebrity performances are not on the cards.
The ‘Fill up Orlando Stadium’ movement has been labelled as
the EFF’s penultimate election campaign event. Due to take place just three
days before South Africa’s 2019 general election, Malema has called on all local
‘fighters’ to pack the stands and enjoy a day of political festivities.
EFF Fill Up Orlando Stadium on 5 May 2019
Fake news pic.twitter.com/ZVpeGUduCm
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) April 17, 2019
Besides a public address from the Commander in Chief, exactly
what these festivities entail is not yet clear. With an itinerary lurking in
the shadows, Malema took to Twitter to denounce rumours regarding musical
performances from some of South Africa’s most well-loved celebrities.
The rumour mill, which, naturally, began as a dubious post
on social media, announced that Kelly Khumalo, Babes Wodumo, Casper Nyovest and
at least eight other performers, would be making an appearance at the EFF’s
Orlando event. The spurious post soon spread like wildfire on Twitter,
eventually catching the eye of Malema, who decided to put his foot down and dispel
Malema posted a screenshot of the claims with a simple
caption that read:
Malema cancels Gauteng campaign
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 17, 2019
After a particularly daunting campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, Malema returned to Gauteng for one of his final door-to-door events. The planned promotion, however, was called off at the last minute. The EFF refused to provide a reason for the cancellation.
Interestingly, the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
has embarked on a fierce election campaign in the Gauteng region, one which
coincided with the EFF’s own plans. With political tensions reaching a fever
pitch, it’s not unlikely that the EFF altered its course to avoid
Other social media users offered a different theory on the
EFF’s cancelled Gauteng campaign, claiming that Malema had exhausted himself in
KwaZulu-Natal and simply needed some time to recuperate. The EFF has not yet responded
to questions regarding the cancellation, stating only that the campaign in
Gauteng had been “postponed indefinitely”.