Now, let’s be pragmatic a bit here. Assuming the African National Congress (ANC) foresaw the political weight and agility in Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, do you think the ruling party would have kicked him out? Go through this question, think about it and keep the answer to yourself.
In March 2010 and September 2011, EFF leader Julius Malema was convicted of hate speech after singing “Dubula iBunu” (“Shoot the Boer”). In November 2011, he was found guilty of sowing divisions within the ANC and in conjunction with his two-year suspended sentence in May 2010, he was suspended from the party for five years.
EFF Leader Julius Malema’s Expulsion
On April 25 2012, EFF leader Julius Malema lost an appeal to have his expulsion from the ANC overturned, as this exhausted his final appeal, his expulsion took immediate effect. And after his expulsion in 2012, he lost his position as ANC youth leader. It was thereafter that the defiant leader took up the challenge of founding the party EFF, which could presently be termed ‘ANC major opposition party’.
It is glaring and apparent that following the emergence of the EFF, politics in South Africa took another dimension as its spirit-filled leader has continued to bash South Africa’s ruling president- Jacob Zuma.
But that is not the end of it, another striking fact is that while many (especially youths) have drawn inspiration from the opposition leader’s defiant lifestyle, others have written him off, asserting that his boldness can never earn him SA’s presidential seat.
Be that as it may, a concerned writer from Limpopo has unveiled a letter, stating that the worst thing the ANC did was to show Julius Malema the exit door. According to the writer – Amos Motloding – South Africans need to respect Julius Malema’s leadership capability. His letter goes thus:
He [Malema] is undoubtedly the best young leader we have ever had in this country. He filled Orlando Stadium to capacity.
Those people did not fall from trees and 99%, if not all, come from the ANC. The truth is the ruling party has lost direction and the opposition parties are taking advantage of this.
Malema was not taken seriously when he said “one day I will lead the ANC”. People thought he was a dreamer. They got a big surprise. If the growth of the EFF does not concern the ANC then there is something wrong with their heads. His speech was great.
Zuma has cost the ruling party dearly by expelling Malema.
Jamela Village, Limpopo.