Julius Malema is the president and Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Considerably young, Malema has sustained a long time in the political activities of the country.
Through his long stay in the political arena of South Africa, Malema has built a considerable followership in both his Limpopo province as well as in the national level. While some would easily dismiss him for various reasons, his supporters continue to see him as what the black South Africa really needs.
Years after leaving the ANC which member he has been since he was a child, Malema surprised many by still remaining quite “relevant” in the country’s political sphere.
Julius Malema Biography
In 1930, Julis Malema was born Julius Sello Malema in Seshego, the Limpopo province of South Africa. It was in this area that he was raised by his single mother.
Growing up in apartheid infested South Africa, Malema soon aligned himself with the African National Congress (ANC) towards defeating the National Party’s (NP) apartheid government. His party membership of the ANC began at the age of 9.
By the early age of 14, he was recognized enough to be elected chairman of the youth league branch of the party in Seshego and later the regional chairman of the party. His earliest participation in the party was through the removal of the NP’s posters.
Julius Malema had his secondary education from Mohlakaneng High School in Limpopo. He waited until 2010 before he obtained a diploma from the University of South Africa (UNISA), in Youth Development. He also has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the same university, in Communications and African Languages which he obtained in 2016.
Mantwa Matlala is Julius Malema’s wife with whom he has a child. He as well has a child from an earlier relationship.
Julius Malema: Political Life
The political life of Malema began early with him being trained in armed resistance at an early age, to join the ANC actions towards eliminating the NP.
As his entrance in the political struggle of the country was early, so also was his rise in the ranks of his party and the country’s politics. Although he had held positions before 2001, becoming the national leader of the Congress of South African Students in that year, meant so much. Before then, he became the chairman of the same congress in Limpopo in 1997.
In 2008, he made his entry into the national scene when he became the National president of ANC’s Youth League (ANYL).
Julius Malema was a strong supporter of Jacob Zuma after becoming ANYL president. The two however soon fell apart after Zuma became president in 2009. While the president said Malema had gone out of order, Malema said the president had ignored the poor who voted him to power.
Malema was suspended from the ANC in 2012 for portraying the party and its leader, Jacob Zuma in a negative light, as well as expressing personal views on Botswana, against the party’s policy. In the same year he was expelled from the party.
After his expulsion from the ANC, Malema and his allies came up with the Economic Freedom Fighters (Party) in 2013.
More than a politician, the man wears around a huge cloak of controversy so much that most Julius Malema latest news are of controversy just as most Malema speeches take controversial positions. in fact, Malema videos are popular on the internet as a result of things he easily say or does.
He has been convicted for hate speeches in March 2010 and September 2011. Also in 2010, Malema sang a racist song which lyric was translated to “shoot the Boer”, with Boer referring to Afrikaans speaking whites. This act generated a nationwide condemnation.
He was as well arrested in 2013 for allegedly over speeding, and there is a corruption case against him.
Through his party, the EFF, he became a member of the parliament in May 2014. By June of the same year, he was dismissed from office for refusing to withdraw his accusations against the ANC government of killing miners in the incident o the Marikaka miner’s strike.
More so, Malema has had history of threats against journalists. This include of two journalists; Piet Rampedi and Adriaan Bassoon who faced different threats and intimidation while covering a corruption case by Malema
While he is easily an orator, he sometimes say dangerous and controversial things. Some controversial Julius Malema quotes include:
- It doesn’t matter how much we irritate you … We are a necessary irritation!
- “We are prepared to die for Zuma. We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma