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Malema Launches Own Party, Praises Zimbabweans

Published: July 12, 2013


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.


Julius Malema at the launch of EFF

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.

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34 Comments on "Malema Launches Own Party, Praises Zimbabweans"

  1. Mai Joza on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:12 am 

    That is democracy and it is a welcome move. Unfortunately Zanu Pf will see red as Malema’s uniform is a copy-cat of the party of excellance MDC T. The unfortunate thing is that this bandit Malema does not believe in working but believes in con, vice and corruption. Indigenisation is used as a means of looting resources for personal gains not for the betterment of poor or the country.

  2. Comrade Agape. on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:29 am 

    Youngman do u know zanupf is rich than Zimbabwe?hey!work up Malema Zimbabwens doesent have their own country.Zimbabwe is Mugabe’s property.his party invarded the farms unlawful.the good part of it u are wearing a red beret, ur friend Mugabe will no longer be the President of Zimbabwe.Malema take a note:there is no peace in Zimbwe.nhai maZimbabwens kamwana kaoneiko aka?

  3. Dzimai Moto on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 8:02 am 

    Malema claims to represent the poor but he’s living in extreme luxury. Its not different from a pastor who is driving a luxury car and then preaches that poor people are blessed. Limpopo Province was paralysed by Malema when he was Youth League leader.

    Not everyone wants to be a farmer as is the thinking of ZANU PF.

  4. nosiphiwo on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 8:26 am 

    You are the next peesident of SA`youth is behind you all the way.

  5. La Liga on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 8:32 am 

    This is a piece of advice to the 32year old Malema. Your age clearly shows you were one year old when Mugabe got into power. You are much richer than 90% of Zimbabweans who only yesterday 10.07.2013 were receiving beans from ultra-rich Mrs. Mugabe. Get to Beit Bridge and count on 2sq metre how many Zimbabweans of your age, your parents or grand parents sleeping on the ground waiting to get into south Africa to by food or to look for menial jobs. Now to prepare South Africans to be Zimbabweans you need the following:- 1) use South African Airways to do your shopping in Europe while South Africans cannot not even get bread in local shops. If Europe warns of a crisis you start blame Europe for dessent. Distribute food among your supporters who buy slogans. 2) turn off the more than 200 radio stations in South African and leave only one radio station that will praise you even if you kill thousands in Natal. 3) become overnight the biggest dairy Farmer in country give farms to your army generals and your cronies and claim you are reversing past inequalities. 4) prepare South Africans to be economic refugees to work on Zanu Pf owned farms and chinese run diamonds mines. 5) isolate your country from international organisations to avert transpancy. 6) Turn The Reserve Bank of South Africa into your personal kiddy bank. Use your personal banker to loot gold in the custody of the bank. These and many other examples will turn south africans ‘own’ their country.

  6. Bhodlumlilo gt on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 8:40 am 

    It is interesting to see Zimbabwean diamonds bankrolling democracy in South Africa.

  7. Mai Chidhuura on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 8:52 am 

    Editor this is an interesting development we now see how Mugabe is using our diamonds. Editor can we please have HERBERT MUGWAGWA’s opinion on this development?

  8. brinso on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 10:09 am 

    Read the daily news this morning Grace is calling Morgan a womanizer. Thats rich for a woman who divorced her young husband for a man old enough to be her father. Gold digging *****.After all those kids are not even Bob,s they are Peter Pamire’s . That explains how he died in an accident back in 1997 after hitting a pothole in Borrowdale.After that she gets *****ed by James Makamba. How bloody ironic, bloody HO.

  9. Hon Kurirakwejongwe. on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 11:00 am 

    Thats the young Lion of South Africa.They say copying is not bad except what u are copying is bad.

  10. Makwembere on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 11:18 am 

    KurirakweMbwa at least you make sense today. he little twart is copying the Old Donkey and he wasn’t even born when the Matibiri usurped power from credible leaders Cde Abel Muzorewa and Dr Ian Smith

  11. Tw@t Mugabe on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 11:57 am 

    What an idiot, did he study at Zanu PF primary school…Tsotsi now launching his party.

  12. Zwide kaLanga on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 11:59 am 

    Im sure if Zanu Pf is indeed bank rolling that young man then that explains the reason why Mugabe is prepared to leave Sadc. Mugabe has been promised gold mines. Mugabe usually takes advantage of such illiterate youths.

  13. Sober on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 1:42 pm 

    Malema is truly a rare breed among the technologically obsessed young people. Young people of the day rarely knows how important it is to own your own country and resources.
    Those who thought Malema is dead need to think again because his view is shared by many South Africans. It is a shared fact among South Africans that white supremacy sucks and Cde Malema is capitalizing on that.

    Zimbabweans who are throwing insultive words on this man need to think again. What Pres. Mugabe did in deliberately allowing people to possess land is and will forever be cherished, especially by the future generations of the beneficiaries.
    When the land redistribution started there was no discrimination but those who decided to be part of the land hungry benefitted; but most of us were of the idea that this will not last and its just a farce. Unfortunately now we are crying foul.
    The coming of indeginisation is met with the same mind and again Mr Tsvangirai and MDC-T are there to lead us into doubting the programme whilst others are progressing and benefitting. By the time we realise the benefits it will be to late and others will be enjoying the small ownership percentages in the mines and industrial sectors.

    My fellow Zimbabweans black ownership is there to stay and if you allow yourself to be left behind you will forever blame yourself for not being a visionary and your future generations will swear at you for being so shallow minded. Be involved and grab a piece of the national cake. Do you know that all the MDC-T MP’s and Ministers own farms and some are into mining? Yet some of us, their blind followers, are so blind as to fail to see the obvious.

    Its a shameful thing when Malema is insulted for what is best for any people, any African.
    The Bible example of the Israelites shows the value of land and its resources in relation to a people. Israelites went into Egypt and were enslaved for 400yrs but after that period God led them back into their land and even commanded them to drive away all the other nations who have made themselves comfortable in a land which they have turned into their ‘homes’.
    In this God is simply saying your land and its resources belongs to you even if you spend a century out of it.

    May God help Africa to see and accept to suffer for the greater good. When Zimbabwe was colonised it took the then farmers and miners about 40yrs (upto around 1930) to establish themselves, so why are we Africans afraid to take drastic actions? We don’t care what the future holds for our kids? We are used to short term benefits and we don’t think of the future generation. Whatever Africa decides today will be for the good of the future Africa.
    So Malema and like minded people must forge alliances for the sake of African legacy. Africa is for Africans and there is great need of many Malemas.

  14. mono on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 1:50 pm 

    zimbabweans should go and sort out their problems from home not from sandton,

  15. ganganga on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:02 pm 

    Hey wena Sober, EFF off mhani. Yu can take yo stupid rhetoric where the sun don’t shine

  16. CHANDO KUPISA on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:05 pm 

    “In the next ten years in the whole of Afica , Zimbabweans would be the only people who own their land” what an observation coming from Cde Juju.Keep up the spirit we will continue supporting you .

  17. Jumpdaki on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:37 pm 

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)kikiki sounds like student activism and high school dating club. Its your share of MDC-Tea guys, feel it.

  18. tat on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 2:55 pm 


  19. Sober on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 3:06 pm 

    @ ganganga,

    Please lets argue from facts and logic not from mere and empty words. Which point are against and venting your anger against. Some of us are independent thinkers who take leaf from practical life and true humanity as ordained by God.

    Just reason and factually argue then we will take it from there.

  20. Cde Rekeni on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 3:09 pm 

    La Liga you should know Mugabe has the right to steal from his people. If South Africa needs help Mugabe will offer not through Sadc which is now a British sponsored organisation.

  21. Dzimai Moto on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 4:11 pm 

    @ Sober! You don’t propell the weak by destroying the strong. Look at NRZ, it is operating with difficulties and its killing your economy. The rail network is about 4000km but about 1500km is worn out such that trains travel with caution on worn out rail. A minor slip by train driver, the nation mourns. The coal load from Whange was transfered to Vic Falls-Bulawayo Road; this road was damaged in weeks. I used to drive along this road at 170km/h during the Kukura Kurerwa Volvo B7 Age but now I removed the other 130km/h for safety reasons. Peter failed to observe this and it killed our loved footballer, Adam.

    Is this the black empowerment we need? NRZ is 100% indegenous, why can’t we make a practical demonstration on NRZ that black empowerment works?

    It is wrong to gain without service, that is what ZANU PF does. Malema is a private admirer of ZANU PF. Its good to do ecomomic empowerment of local people but there has to be an agreed plan with deliverables and not a thuggery approach of singing revolutionary songs into somebody’s property without warning.

  22. Cde Rekeni on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 4:25 pm 

    @Dzimai Moto Zanu Pf had and still has no business with Rhodesian industries like railways, air Zimbabwe, GMB, Zesa etc. Zanla forces fought for land ok idiots.

  23. Dzimai Moto on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 5:49 pm 

    @ Rekeni! ZANU PF like Malema wants to take over companies under empowerment. ZANU PF Soldiers are running NRZ right now, they are local and it (NRZ) should be more than 51% owned by locals as we speak.

    I’m not an idiot. If ZANLA forces fought for land, do they’ve business with foreign owned banks? ZANU PF is running former Rhodesian companies, you are disputing. The argument is that let’s be exemplary on these companies and farms we are running before we take over foreign owned banks.

    Wealth creation is the professional thing to do, not company takeovers as a way of empowering locals. Malema is preaching company and land takeover without compensation. It doesn’t work in South Africa though because the former British land-owners in Zim are professional while RSA boers kill. The British just left farms after disagreeing with ZANU PF. Boers in RSA have live guns. They kill!

  24. Sober on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 10:01 pm 

    @ Dzimai moto,

    Thank you for bringing up an argument based on what you think is best and what exactly is best. People and nations may differ on the methodology but my point is indeginization is the only way that can pull Africa from economic slavery. I am pleased that you don’t argue on that fact.
    The Zim indeginization says 51% locals and 49% foreigners and the foreigners are adamant that this is not proper, why? Isn’t this a win win situation but why are foreigners and their sidekicks refusing to accept this? Its not like the government under the tutelage of ZANU-PF is saying 100% ownership now, even though the future points to this.

    So the NRZ and the parastatals you referred to are not what they are because of indeginisation, these were parastatals run by the government and due to the economy strangling the government suffocated to the point of failing to maintain these institutes. Blaming indeginisation on these is totally unfair. Allow us to try on the currently indeginised institutes and complain later.

  25. Sober on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 10:05 pm 

    @ Dzimai moto,

    Thank you for bringing up an argument based on what you think is best and what exactly is best. People and nations may differ on the methodology but my point is indeginization is the only way that can pull Africa from economic slavery. I am pleased that you don’t argue on that fact.
    The Zim indeginization says 51% locals and 49% foreigners and the foreigners are adamant that this is not proper, why? Isn’t this a win win situation but why are foreigners and their sidekicks refusing to accept this? Its not like the government under the tutelage of ZANU-PF is saying 100% ownership now, even though the future points to this.

    So the NRZ and the parastatals you referred to are not what they are because of indeginisation, these were parastatals run by the government and due to the economy strangling the government suffocated to the point of failing to maintain these institutes. Blaming indeginisation on these is totally unfair. Allow us to try on the currently indeginised institutes and complain later.

    The white people cannot be forced out of the farms, mines and firms by the courts because they control the courts; they cannot be negotiated with because they are so arrogant, so the only language they understand is force. Let them give back what they stole. Therefore Malema’s speech is a welcome move.

  26. Masido on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 6:45 am 

    We as youth of South Africa we are with you all the way so what you must do juju is to cool down like chris hani and do what good for your country .dont let whites bribe you and becareful of what the did to hani they will also sell you out we salute to to you juju.

  27. Dzimai Moto on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 7:23 am 

    @ Sober! Indegenization is fine in general I’m agreeable. It is wrong biologically, socially, religiously, mathematically, legally…to gain without service. People must work for the wealth, Karl Marx was right when he said that he who doesn’t work must not eat. Its that simple. If we dispute on this then we are creating a nation of crooks.

    Instead of taking over Barclays Bank, why can’t you set up your own bank? Its not expensive to set up a bank and we can talk to Gono to be lenient where possible until the new bank develops some wings to fly. The mathematics and acturial science must be in your head in order to perform calculus in your newly developed bank. A slogan only will not help.

    For example Farm Invasion; the former owners did cut trees and practised soil conservation over and above the irrigation infrustracture. Somebody should have paid the former farm owners for this after removing them from their farms. Any change on farm boundary and ownership would be communicated to the Register who captures title deeds. The Department of Physical Planning should have come in with new centers for Growth Points (Farm Towns), schools, Post Offices, clinics and so on. This is a plan. In Zim it was the uneducated Chenjerai Hunzvi and Chinotimba who were chasing farmers off. There was no paperwork, no plan. If you can’t plan it, you can’t manage it.

    Bhora mugedhi!

  28. Dzimai Moto on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 7:40 am 

    @ Sober! I admit that history has been very cruel to a blackman but not all white people are enemies. A whiteman is the only species in the world that can propel an enemy. Helen, the NDA leader is RSA, was a journalist during apartheid South Africa. She wrote articles that damaged the apartheid goverment but she is white. When Mandela was sent to prison, he went with some whites who didn’t like apartheid. President Mugabe was very poor when he was a boy, his father deserted him and his elder brother died of food poisoning. The young Robert Mugabe loved books and it attracted the attention of white priests at Kutama Mission. Its the white priests who funded President Mugabe’s education. It doesn’t make sense to reduce all white people in Africa now just because President Mugabe says so.

    If a whiteman is farming and feeding the nation, there is nothing wrong. If the change of colour on ownership without addressing productivity is the aim, its wrong. Its wrong to make money locally and invest that money is USA. Its wrong to open old wounds, that’s Malema’s special area.

    We are living in a global village where people decide where to stay. Let the white people who choose to stay in Africa stay. It requires the use of reason and not emotion.

  29. Sober on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 3:42 pm 

    @ Dzimai moto,

    I partially agree with you but there is one thing that you are failing to address: how can past injustices be addressed? Africans were stripped off of anything that was valuable and left with practically nothing. Remember how our forefathers’ cattle were taken as a result of the cattle act/tax.
    For you to start a bank you need a financial foundation; so how do you think a peasent farmer down there in the sandy Buhera or Chihota will manage that?
    It is a fact that the same whites who have enriched themselves for the past 100yrs own the money and the means of production. Black people were never allowed access to any of that. So how do you expect an ordinary African to propel self to a higher level.
    Yes I agree that not all whites are to blame but the few who are not like the others must prove themselves that they are just. My personal history of working with whites has shown me that most of them have an attitude towards Africans and they will do whatever it takes to let Africans remain beggars. Imagine your professionally alike white man gets a loan and you are denied the same on unclear grounds. When a whiteman starts his own business he gets all the support but when you a blackman do the same a probe team is set to investigate how you did that.

    We Africans don’t hate these guys but they do hate us and our skin and thats a fact.

    Just a point of correction it was not Karl Marx who said he who does not work must not eat but it is a Bible verse, 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

  30. Dzimai Moto on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 6:32 pm 

    @ Sober! The civil servants right now are not white in Zimbabwe. Look at the salaries of soldiers running the Department of Physical Planning and the other defenceless workers. A defenceless worker is taking home less that $150.00 just multiply this 100 you have the salaries of retired soldiers. The salary difference between CEOs and ordinary workers in Zimbabwe today is just obscene.

    Your empowerment gospel would succeed if the conditions were like that in Cuba where the state president’s salary and his benefits are public and all the people eat the same soup.

    The empowerment you are preaching will not benefit a poor peasant in Chihota, the beneficiaries are Kasukuwere and senior military generals. ZANU PF is segregating the people.

  31. zanu youth since birth on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 8:11 pm 

    all zimbabweans who thnk mdc wl win **** u gay ass niggas sons and daughters of *****es zanu wl mek a resoundn victory and yes l do own 65hactres of former white prime land and am only 28yrs and yes l fot th 3rd Chimurenga pa***** panamai venyu vese vashora ZanuPF viva cde Malema son of th soil

  32. Sober on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 9:15 pm 

    @ Dzimai moto,

    Thank you for your side of argument. Unfortunately you have diverted a bit from the real issue unaware that there are many soldiers and teachers who are proud owners of farms and some who are heavily involved in indigenization. I don’t hesitate to tell you that many of them were not hesitant to be part of those who fought for a share of the cake.

    The problem is with those who always want to remain labourers till death.
    Guys lets be real, fly with the indigenised people and you will be an indigenous person – the people you associate with most will take a step further or a step backwards. We are segregating ourselves because we want to receive everything on a silver platter; if you wait for indigenisation in your home then kiss all the opportunities goodbye because noone will bring it for you. Search and look for opportunities daily and be a visitor to the responsible for information only.

  33. thando k on Sun, 14th Jul 2013 7:18 am 

    Remember that when selecting a leader its somebody who will be representing us globally and should be of some level of thinking , gesture , intelligence , take that into consideration

  34. Stazo Vhimisai on Sun, 14th Jul 2013 3:29 pm 

    I really appreciate (EFF) Thank u Sober for the effort u’ve shown Zimbabweans,to go indegenisation,agrarian &economic emanicipation.Before 2000 i was owning a rocky,field but now i’ve a nice fertile area probably with some mineral deposits,that might need me to look East 4 extractions.Home is best though it may never be so homely. What’s wrong with black empowerment &ZANU PF.?Regime change is being forced for hidden motives.The country’s vast mineral resources looks to be a major concern.Lastly the country tried either to borrow (IMF)and or scrap sanctions & was denied.U sound so mature to share wisdom with.Remember a reading nation runs the risk of national affairs.To read is to infringe on the territory of the monopoly,whose wisdom of understanding must remain undisputed.

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