Having succeeded in winning the hearts of about sixty ANC members against President Jacob Zuma, ahead of the No- confidence vote, Julius Malema seems to be more determined to see the end of the governing ANC than just the end of Zuma alone.
Four years after the Economic Freedom fighters was formed, the party leader Julius Malema has come to say that his party is more than ready to take over leadership position from the ANC come 2019 general elections.
For a moment, it looked as if the fighters would take the same route as the Congress of the People (Cope) – imploding before anyone got a chance to get drunk and nurse a hangover.
Malema who was reflecting on how much his political party has grown and the various challenges the party went through that consequently made it grow stronger since its formation in 2013, expressed confidence that the EFF was now strong enough to rule South Africa from 2019.
Recalling his party’s ordeal in the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) controversy and how
the party was gripped by paranoia as wave after wave of negative publicity rocked it, Malema said it appeared at that time as if the fighters would take the same route as the Congress of the People (Cope) – imploding before anyone got a chance to get drunk and nurse a hangover.
“We knew when we were forming a party that all these types of things could happen. I was sitting in a strategic committee that destabilised Cope. So, I know what they [the ANC] do,” Malema said this week, rocking back and forth quite comfortably in a chair at the EFF’s headquarters.
The EFF began to regain its political strength after it successfully led a campaign to have Zuma pay back money for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead and managed to become the kingmaker in three major metros where the ANC was unceremoniously removed from power.
“One of the statements I used to utter in the beginning was, ‘I don’t preside over failed projects’.”Malema boasted.
Speaking about people’s notion of the Malema effect which posed a big challenge for the fighters at the early stage, Malema said his party, the EFF has now grown far beyond the Malema phenomenon as the party leaders are now recognised in their own right,” he insisted again this week, saying that he had stepped back from the running of projects and day-to-day operational activities.
News24, reported Malema as saying that he had stepped back from the running of projects and day-to-day operational activities and that now, the organisation “has assumed a life of its own and it is now running without me.”
Opinion polls revealed that Julius Malema is one of the South African leaders who are held in high esteem. He is assumed to be assumed a bad leader following critics view of him as a dictator.
His name seemingly reigns down fear in the hearts of most public figures. One of the SA leaders was asked why people were so afraid of Malema, he responded by saying: “Phela, that man is God,”
When the issue about how people view him was raised, Malema angrily asked: “Who is calling me God?”
“I am not a dictator, I just expect people to do their jobs the right way, in the same way that I do mine,” he asserted.
However, Malema and the fighters seem to be making much preparations to ensure a safe landing in 2019 as the party looks to unseat the ANC alongside other opposition parties.
“I tell you now, 2019 is going to be interesting. It is going to be a big year. It is going to be a turning point in South Africa.
“What is happening in the ANC was initiated by the EFF because, had the EFF not taken the metros from the ANC, these ANC cowards would not have seen anything wrong.
“We would have given them the metros and the first words they would have uttered [would have been] nonsense such as ‘ANC lives, ANC leads’. Once they say that, you know they are saying, all is well.
“They didn’t say that after losing control of the metros. Once they couldn’t utter those words, they knew they were in crisis. Now they are beginning to stand up one by one saying, ‘we need to act’. It is because of the EFF, but it is too late, it is just too late.” Malema cheerfully said.
While the governing ANC struggle to put together its warring member, EFF’s Julius Malema capitalises on it to make his party stronger ahead of 2019 election