The IEC has received a flurry of complaints, some calling for the EFF to be barred from participating in the upcoming elections.
Julius Malema has remained defiant in the face of criticism ahead of this year’s general election, issuing a veiled threat against detractors of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
The firebrand leader is blazing a campaign trail across South Africa, which, naturally, comprises of fierce revolutionary rhetoric intended to woo disenfranchised voters.
EFF heading to the polls
His latest statement regarding the upcoming elections, due to be held on 8 May, come in the wake of severe uproar regarding Malema’s aggression towards journalists. His recent spat with veteran news anchor, Karima Brown, has been condemned both locally and abroad.
It’s Malema’s attack on Brown which has cast a shadow on the EFF’s ballot, with numerous organizations lobbying the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to act against the party for its leader’s threats against journalists.
The IEC has received a flurry of complaints, some calling for the EFF to be barred from participating in the upcoming elections. This contention has only served to further inflame tensions between Malema, the media and his detractors.
While addressing supporters in the northern suburbs of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, Malema hit back the complainants. Claiming that the real reason behind the call to action was linked to the EFF’s staunch land expropriation plans, Malema told the crowd:
“They want to remove us from the ballot paper because they can see that we are going to attain the land.”
He then went on to issue an ultimatum, which has been seen by many to signify a political threat, saying:
“Two things are going to happen. Death or Economic Freedom.”
The IEC is duty-bound to investigate any political statements which may be in contravention of the Electoral Code of South Africa. Threatening the electorate is most definitely something which will land Malema in hot water. It’s still unknown whether the IEC has been made aware of the EFF leaders’ latest rants.
This news release does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SA-news.
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