Malema, who was speaking during a televised interview with Al Jezeera said if the African National congress (ANC) continues to violently interrupt their peaceful protests, they would have no option but to effectively fight back with all they have.
“We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun,” he he told the interviewer Jonah Hull.
When asked how far he was willing to go in his ‘war’ against President Jacob Zuma reminding him of his 2014 threat to make the entire Gauteng province ungovernable, Malema said “We have the capability to mobilize our people and fight physically.”
“We know for a fact that Gauteng ANC rigged elections here. We know for a fact that they lost Johannesburg and they lost Gauteng. But we still accepted it. But they must know that we are not going to do that this year. We are not going to accept,” he added.
Speaking further, the EFF leader noted that part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and the party is not ashamed to rise and take up arms to do so if need be.
“We will fight” he said, adding that the present regime must respond constitutionally and peacefully to people’s demands but if they choose to be violent then EFF will not stand back.
Malema said this while making reference to what happened in the township of Alexandra, just outside Johannesburg, when people said the election results do not reflect the outcome of our votes, they sent the army to go and intimidate our people.
“Zuma is not going to use the army to intimidate us. We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight.”
However, when asked by Hull what he means by choose to be violent in the fight, Malema answered: “Yeah, literally. I mean it literally. We are not scared. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us.”
“We are a very peaceful organisation. We fight our battles through peaceful means, through the courts, through parliament, through mass mobilization. We do that peacefully. But at times, government gets tempted to respond to such with violence. They beat us up in parliament and they send soldiers to places like Alexandra where people are protesting. We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun.”
Not only has Malema made this public threat, he also referred to President Jacob Zuma and the ANC as irritations in the way of the EFF’s war against white monopoly capital.
“We are not waged in a war against Zuma and the ANC. We are waging a war against white monopoly capital. Zuma is not our enemy. The ANC is not our enemy. They are standing in our way to crushing white monopoly capital, which has stolen our land, which controls the wealth of our country.
“As we are in the process of crushing the white monopoly capital, there will be some of those irritations that we have to deal with. Zuma represents such an irritation; the ANC represents such an irritation,” Malema added.