S.Africa's left-wing firebrand stokes passions ahead of vote

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- dailymail.co.uk | 3 weeks ago

Like any crowd-puller, South African politician Julius Malema knows how to build excitement: keep your audiences waiting, then tell them what they want to hear.

For two long hours, his supporters had been whipped into a fervour with revolutionary slogans, thumping music, and warm-up speeches at a packed stadium in the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg. Finally their leader appeared, emerging from a German limousine and taking a lap of honour around the venue, milking the roars of approval flooding down from the stands.

"Forward to victory in 2019 -- forward," the crowd chanted ahead of Wednesday's general election.

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