African National Congress (ANC) anti-apartheid activist and former South African first lady, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she’s now totally convinced Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema won’t be returning to his first political home – the ANC.
Addressing the people of Orange Farm in the Vaal on Sunday during the graduation celebration of EFF national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Mama Winnie admitted that she had been assuring her colleagues that Malema will find his way back to the ruling party but after seeing how the EFF leader has been building his party, she became convinced that he’s not returning.
Speaking during the colourful occasion, Malema thanked Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for honouring the invitation. He said it has been Ndlozi’s dream for the former First Lady to attend his graduation ceremony, adding that her presence will forever be cherished.
In addition, the EFF leader said he has no plans to invite Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to join the EFF as it would be an insult to do so. According to Malema, “she fought for the ANC and will die in the ANC.”
Last month, we reported that President Jacob Zuma disclosed that he’s not ruling out the possibility of the Fighters returning to the ruling party.
Without committing himself, Zuma, at the time, said the ruling party will not hesitate to open its doors to the fighters whenever they come back to their senses.
The ANC has never discussed whether the EFF can come back to the party or not, Zuma established. However, the president admitted that their return is not something he would want to predict but that the ANC would never say no to anyone.
The president said:
“The EFF was created because its leader, in particular, and others moved away from the ANC because of certain things, not that they disagreed with policies of the ANC.
I think the problem that the EFF is faced with, is that many people, particularly the top leadership, come from the ANC. I don’t think if you were in the ANC you are able to create another policy better than that of the ANC. I think that is one of the dilemmas of the EFF.”
Zuma made the aforementioned statements during an exclusive interview with the ANN7.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), formed by former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President, Julius Malema was officially recognized as a political party in 2013.
Malema formed the left-winged party at the site of the Marikana massacre in the North West province, where police shot and killed 34 striking mineworkers.
This was after his expulsion in 2012 following a series of suspensions from the ANC for hate speech and for sowing racial discord in the party.
After its emergence on the political landscape four years ago, the EFF gradually became the third-largest political party, focusing its attention in Parliament and provincial legislatures and standing out with its fiery rhetoric and dramatic walk-out antics.