According to Economic Freedom Fighters’ president Julius Malema, blacks are illiterates, unemployed, plagued by drug abuse and, are dying because of the evils of White South Africans. The EFF leader was speaking at his party’s memorial service in honour of the late famous Cuban leader, Fidel Castro when he made the assertion.
He declared whites the devil troubling black South Africans saying they have destroyed the lives of black people in the country. Malema also charged whites to return what they stole from blacks and save the country unnecessary unrest.
The EFF leader was quoted to have said: “One day we’re going to have an outburst. We’re unemployed because of them. We’re dying of diseases because of them. We’re illiterate because of them. We’ve surrendered to drugs because of you. You owe us a lot.”
The EFF commander-in-chief thereafter praised late Fidel Castro for the role he played in liberating Mzansi saying: “If it was not because of Fidel Castro, most African countries were not going to be liberated. It was the people of Cuba who deliberately came to help African people to liberate themselves.”
Also, the black-dominated party rejected the Commonwealth saying it will not form part of Parliament’s delegation to the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference for 2016 in London. To the EFF, the Commonwealth is an association convened by the British Monarchy.
The party argued that the British Monarchy, instead of taking full responsibility for its crimes of genocide, colonization, and anti-black racism, has continued to express influence over its former colonies through the Commonwealth.
“The British monarchy must not enjoy the world’s recognition taken the pain it has caused across the world through the brutal crime of colonization. (It) should be ashamed of itself…
“The wealth and benefits of colonialism are still found in Britain and many free nations attend the commonwealth programs to continue to salute and normalize the evil monarchy and its queen who even has the audacity to give keynote addresses,” stated the EFF.
With that, the Fighters called on the African continent and all other former British colonies to reject the British monarchy by refusing to be convened by it in the Commonwealth.
In a recent development, Malema has called for the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, adding he must be denied bail because he’s a flight risk. According to the EFF leader, Zuma junior has been implicated in the state capture and he must be brought to book.
He accused the former President’s son of stealing the country’s resources with impunity and emphasized that Zuma’s son is not a citizen of South Africa. In his statement, Malema said: “Zuma’s son, born in Mozambique, is running away from South Africa authorities. There is nothing xenophobic about that. He was born in Mozambique, he has been in Zimbabwe and Swaziland and has now applied for citizenship in Dubai.”
Malema, a highly controversial South African leader, is popular for his fearless and blunt speeches. While some, including ex-president Jacob Zuma, describes him as the future leader of South Africa, others who find him less favorable portray him as a “reckless populist” with the potential to destabilize the country and to spark racial conflict.
Not minding whose ox is gored, Malema has remained the main backbone of his party as he continues to boast of the party’s active role in the formation of the state capture commission inquiry.
About Julius Malema
Born on the 3rd of March 1981, Julius Malema has his place of birth recorded as Seshego, Transvaal Province now Limpopo where he also spent his formative years. The son of a single mother who earns her livelihood as a domestic worker was just nine years old when he became part of the African National Congress (ANC) Masupatsela with the main aim of ousting the National Party posters.
Today, Julius Sello Malema as his given name says is one of the powerful politicians in South Africa. He is a Member of Parliament and in July 2013, Julius founded the SA political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) where he serves as the current President and Commander-in-Chief.
For a period of four years spanning from 2008 to 2012, he was with the National Congress Youth League serving as its president. Joining the ANC at the age of nine, Malema stayed on till the age of 31 when he was expelled.
His Present Position In The Recent South African Political Scene
The position he occupies in the present-day South African politics is quite controversial albeit a notable one. The unflinching support he displayed for the ANC president brought him to prominence which was later boosted by the rise of Jacob Zuma as the President of South Africa.
Zuma saw great potentials in the EFF leader, describing him as the “future leader” of SA, the same goes for Cassel Mathale – the Premier of Limpopo Province. However, we have witnessed several less favorable portraits of the fearless politician which paint him in the light of a “reckless populist” sporting the potential to destabilize SA and probably spark racial conflict.
Julius has been convicted of hate speech on many occasions, one happened in March 2010 and the second one came the next year in September 2011. Barely two months later, he became culpable for the offense of sowing divisions within the African National Congress.
This led to his suspension from the party for a period of five years in conjunction with his two-year suspended sentence in May 2010. He attracted another hate speech conviction after singing “Dubula iBunu” (“Shoot the Boer”) which led to his ultimate expulsion from the party after the decision was upheld on appeal.
In 2012, the EFF leader had to face charges of money-laundering, fraud, and racketeering. Following several postponements, the courts had to throw out the case in 2015 as the National Prosecuting Authority was delaying proceedings excessively; this led to the perceptions that all the charges were actually politically motivated.
However, the case did not die a natural death as AfriForum – an Afrikaner rights group dropped an announcement in 2018 about their plans to mount a private prosecution of the EFF leader on those corruption charges