The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi spoke in defense of the party’s Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema.
This follows several criticisms of Malema’s personality and lifestyle. The EFF leader has been described in many ways with names like ‘South Africa’s Donald Trump’ and Judas.
“All freedom-loving democrats in South Africa should condemn the leader of the EFF for his utterances and threats against the staff of The New Age and TV channel ANN7,” said New Age Editor-in-Chief.
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant called Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema a “Judas” during SONA debate on Tuesday.
“He is in fact a Judas,” said Oliphant.
Julius Malema led his EFF comrades out of Parliament’s National Assembly after he delivered his very own SONA. He concluded with “You are not a legitimate president. Bye bye.” They left the Parliament amidst chants of #ZumaMustFall.
Ndlozi says criticisms of the Malema’s lifestyle, mention of his tax case with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), drinking Heineken beer and wearing a Breitling watch are mere “petty” attacks on the person.
The EFF spokesperson spoke in Malema’s defense to News24’s Erin Bates after the party walked out on the president during the 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate in Parliament on Tuesday, 16 February.
Ndlozi added towards the end of his speech that Malema is “more braver than all the people in the ANC, who are allowing President Zuma to bringing this country on its knees.”
He strongly described Malema as a person who will be able to “successfully lead industrialization, expropriation of land, that can be faithful to the Constitution, that will be able to lead in constant consultation of the people of South Africa, that will bring everybody on board.”
Speaking on criticisms on his drinking habit Ndlozi said
“Heineken, really? President Mbeki drinks. We know, it’s one of the empirical things, he smokes a pipe,” While on criticisms of Malema’s lifestyle, the party spokesperson says, “Is that a counter-argument to leadership? No.”
Malema stands as a very strong opposition against the ruling party ANC and their ways of running the government.