Motormouth former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has joined the political fray by launching a “radical left” political movement that could challenge his former allies at next year’s elections.
The inclusion of a new political party on the South African political scene has widened options for the general populace.
Malema who is a former president of the African National Congress Youth League, was expelled from the ANC for ill discipline.
Speaking at the launch on Thursday, Malema said his party called The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have firm anti-corruption policies .
“No one found guilty of corruption… will wear the beret,” he said, sporting a bright red beret with the letters EFF written in bold.
Speaking at lauch Malema said his party will take back land and redistribute it without compensation.
Malema’s party promises redistribution of land and nationalisation of mines. According to Malema land will be shared between blacks and whites and those failing to share would be forced.
Malema praised Zimbabwe’s land distribution and said in the next ten years in whole of Africa, Zimbabweans would be the only people who own their country.
“You can say what you want to say about Zimbabweans,in the next 10 years they would be the only Africans in the whole of Africa who own their country.Becuase why, they were ready to take the pain.Revolution is about change and change is painful,” said Julius to applause.
Well known for his extravagant lifestyle, Malema himself is out on bail of R10 000 facing charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering, charges he dismisses as politically motivated. He said those who were “persecuting” him would not succeed as they could not take away his soul
The 32yr old Malema who has been painted as a reckless populist in certain media circles, said the party would continue its fight for the nationalisation of mines and the expropriation of land without compensation. He also said it would fight “against white supremacy and for the restoration of Africans’ dignity”.
The scandal-tarnished and increasingly unpopular ruling African National Congress is suffering a huge credibility deficit, which has led to the emergence of new political players that also include respected academic and anti-apartheid stalwart Mamphela Ramphele. The former partner of the late black consciousness founder Steve Biko, Ramphele who has been a long standing outspoken critic of the government launched a new party last month.
Malema’s EFF is still to be registered as a political party with the Independent Electoral Commission.