On Wednesday, April 26th, at 10:00 pm, more than 310 million families across the globe will be treated to a documentary about the revolutionary leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema titled Julius vs The ANC.
The director of the 48-minute-long documentary, Rehad Desai said the program will be broadcast on Al Jazeera and will recount the controversial evolution of Julius Malema – who was once a respected figure in the ANC until 2012 – and his expulsion from the ruling party after a bitter fallout with President Jacob Zuma.
Desai will bring to light Juju’s political journey in 2013 that saw him found his left-wing party – the Economic Freedom Fighters – which is at present, the third largest party in South Africa after Mmusi Maimane-led Democratic Alliance party.
Basically, the documentary, Julius vs the ANC aims at smoking out South Africa’s shifting voting patterns, which saw the ANC lose three more big cities during last year’s municipal elections.
In his contribution, the director described Malema as a representation of the younger generation, who are the future of the country.
He said: “In my mind, Julius is a hero, a flawed hero, which makes him more human. This story indicates that we’ve got to begin to learn from why and how we make decisions around leadership.”
Desai, a Cape Town filmmaker has won an International Emmy for his documentary Miners Shot Down about Marikana.
An hour-long version of the documentary titled The Giant Is Falling was named best South African film at the Joburg Film Festival in 2016 and has been screened at seven other festivals, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the One World international human rights documentary film festival.
The Giant Is Falling also embodied the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, the Nkandla-related booing of Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the violent brawls in parliament at state of the nation addresses, the Constitutional Court’s finding that Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution and the Fees Must Fall student protests that rocked the country’s higher education sector.
Malema was expelled from the ANCYL in 2012 after he was found guilty of two serious offenses. He was also suspended alongside with ANCYL league spokesperson then, Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa.
At the time, Shivambu and Magaqa received a lighter punishment, they were slapped with a three-year suspension. Magaqa’s sanction was suspended for three years, provided he doesn’t violate ANC disciplinary protocol again, while Shivambu’s suspension was upheld.
The suspensions relate to comments made by Shivambu about regime change in Botswana as well as insulting a journalist; Magaqa’s suspension is for undermining the authority of Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba while Malema was sentenced for comparing President Jacob Zuma unfavorably to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.
He was found guilty of sowing divisions and bringing the ruling party into disrepute and storming uninvited into a meeting of senior ANC officials.
Julius Malema became the leader of the ANC youth league in April 2008 after hotly disputed elections and soon raised eyebrows with declarations such as “We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma”.
Take a look at the trailer for Malema’s documentary.