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Malema won't comment on new party

Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema is rumoured to be launching a political party.

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema has told Eyewitness News he does not want to talk about reports in The Star newspaper which claim he is starting a new political party.

He also says he will not confirm or deny the reports.

The paper on Tuesday morning reported the former ANC Youth League leader was involved in a new political formation.

Malema appears to still have huge name recognition and seems to have financial resources despite his farm being auctioned to pay his tax bill.

His farm was sold for R2.5 million on Monday.

Political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni says there is also a hunger for different political ideas.

"The longer South Africa doesn't resolve its social and economic justice issues you may find that there are more radical voices that come."

However, he says it does not seem Malema will be able to build party structures that could then win votes.

Malema also appears to have left the league in dire straits as the ANC itself is now running most of its structures.

Malema was expelled from the ANC in 2012 for sewing divisions within the party.

He has since been very vocal of his criticism of President Jacob Zuma's leadership.

He has accused Zuma of being a dictator. However, he has always maintained he would never leave the ANC calling it his "home".