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Zim not funding EFF – Malema

Julius Malema says EFF will make money as its agenda gains popularity.

Julius Malema (R) and his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, hold a rally in Sebokeng on 13 July 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) did not receive any funding from Zimbabwe, party leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday.

He insists ordinary South Africans are supporting the party.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's Xolani Gwala, Malema said he did not form the new party to help his ailing bank account.

After a lengthy absence from the political arena, the expelled ANC Youth League leader officially announced the formation of his organisation in June.

Malema said the EFF is not well-funded just yet.

"There should first be political will and commitment to that political will. The finances will come later."

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been investigating Malema since 2011.

Several of his properties have been auctioned off in an attempt to recover R16 million he owes in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

On Tuesday, his Polokwane home fetched R1.4 million.

The house was bought by ANC member Emmanuel Makhokha, a vocal supporter of President Jacob Zuma and the ruling party.

He said the purchase wasn't politically motivated.

Malema refused to discuss the auction with Gwala during the interview.