When Julius Malema hits fifth gear, it’s very unlikely that any words he uses will come out minced. The EFF leader delivered on his most fiery press conferences in recent memory, attacking opposition parties, the media and even some of their own members.
Juju blasted the DA over reports they are fining homeless people for sleeping in pedestrian walkways. He said the move was an “extremely stupid statement”, and used it as a segue to announce that the red berets would no longer side with the Blues in any of their power-sharing municipalities.
The imperfect relationship has all but ended. Their alliances in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and even Johannesburg have started to crumble. But the theme of power and control raised its head once again when Julius Malema spoke about the EFF’s identity.
Julius Malema issues his call for arms
The firebrand politician explained that he’s happy for party members to use violence “if violence is committed against them first”. He claimed no-one in the EFF should start a fight, but they must respond physically if that’s what happens to them first. In fact, Juju was pretty adamant that he’d do “whatever it takes” to seize control of South Africa.
“The black middle class want to turn us into something shapeless. Where there’s a need to use violence to stop violence, we will use it. But we never start violence – we only ever respond. We talk and talk and talk, but get pushed to the limit”
“Anyone who comes and threatens this revolution will find us ready. Our constitution says we’ll do everything can to take over this country. If the need arises, we’ll take up arms. For the revolution we do anything. If you are a member and you do not like it, go join ACDP.”
That’ll give a few people nightmares before the end of the week – not to worry though: Julius Malema explained that the EFF’s own guidelines have already outlined this as a party policy – but “in a nice way”. Well, that’s alright then…
-The South African
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