Support for Malema's new party

Julius Malema is expected to announce next month if he will contest next year’s elections.

Julius Malema is expected to announce next month if he will contest next year’s general elections. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema is expected to announce next month if he will contest next year's general elections with his own political party.

Some South Africans say they're excited about the prospect of seeing his name on the ballot box.

Malema announced last week that he formed a political forum called Economic Freedom Fighters and plans to campaign for the expropriation of land without compensation as well as the nationalisation of mines.

While Malema's decision to form his own political organisation has been lambasted by his former comrades in the ANC, some voters said they're willing to give him their vote.

"If he starts a political party people like me will join and I'm willing to join so that I can speak my mind."

Malema said the Economic Freedom Fighters is a radical movement.

While it remains to be seen if Malema has the ability to set up structures to contest the elections, his support base seems ready to rally for his cause.

Meanwhile, Malema said he's been advised to postpone the establishment of such a movement and allow the ANC to heal itself over the next 20 years.

He however said the decision to launch will depend on the view of his supporters at a broader consultative forum to be held soon.

"All this debate will culminate into a bigger consultative forum where a final decision will be taken. I think by July we will be able to say this is the direction we're taking."