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Malema ‘not targeting the ANC’

While the EFF leader says he expects more to join his party, he insists he’s not targeting the ANC.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema says he is expecting many more people to join his party, but insists he is not targeting the African National Congress (ANC).

On Sunday it was revealed Advocate Dali Mpofu has joined the EFF after being a member of the ruling party for 33 years.

Mpofu has been representing the miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and Malema has been an avid supporter of the miners and their fight for higher wages.

Malema says many more will be following Mpofu's example but will not necessarily be from the ANC.

"We are expecting people from all over to join the EFF, not only from the ANC. The ANC is not our target."

The EFF leader says he wants to represent the masses.

"What makes us happier is that masses are joining in their numbers."

Meanwhile, the ANC has responded to Mpofu's decision by stating it confirms suspicions he was consistently acting against the ruling party.

Malema will hope Mpofu's arrival in his ranks will give the EFF some legitimacy.

Up until this point, Malema has been the only real political name in the party.

Mpofu's long history in the ANC means Malema can now say this is proof President Jacob Zuma's ANC is not the real party of the masses.

But the real question now is whether Madikizela-Mandela will join the EFF.

She is close to both Mpofu and Malema and has seen her political fortune decline since Zuma took over the leadership of the ANC.