Malema lashes out at judge after IEC ruling

The EFF leader claims Judge Joseph Raulinga's career ambitions may have influenced his decision.

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

PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday lashed out at the judge who dismissed an urgent application lodged by the party.

Judge Joseph Raulinga ruled the application by the leftist party wasn't urgen t and dismissed the matter with costs, meaning the EFF will have to pay the state's legal fees.

Malema's party wanted to challenge the R600,000 fee charged by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for parties to register their candidate lists.

Raulinga said he would provide reasons for his ruling on Wednesday.

Malema claims Raulinga's career ambitions may have influenced his decision.

"They [government] are building a high court in Limpopo and the judge who was presiding over our case has an interest in being a judge president in Limpopo, so maybe this is part of the process of seeking promotion at the expense of the poor."

Outside court, around 100 supporters sang struggle songs and chanted "Juju" as Malema arrived.

Malema says the EFF's lawyers will continue arguing for lower registration fees in a different court next week.

He says the party won't be stopped from contesting the elections.

"Whether judgment was in favour of us or not, the EFF is on the ballot paper."

While Malema says the party doesn't have any money, he assured his members he will register before Wednesday's 5pm deadline.

The party argued the deposit was unconstitutional as the fees were designed to exclude poor people.