Malema: ANC can go and hang themselves

The EFF leader has warned the ruling party that it is in for a serious shock.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Vumani Mkhize?EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has warned the African National Congress (ANC) that it's in for a serious shock.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk's Stephen Grootes on Friday, Malema said the ruling party was frustrated because it was experiencing real opposition for the first time.

"For the first time in the history of democracy, they are experiencing an opposition."

Yesterday, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House when EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) refused to sit down, after Malema asked President Jacob Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead.

At one point it appeared as if riot police were going to forcibly remove EFF members from the house.

The two parties are still trading verbal blows today, with the ruling party claiming the EFF only wants to sow "destruction and anarchy". The EFF has hit back, claiming the ruling party is only trying to protect Zuma.

The former president of the ANC Youth League says his party is going to teach the governing party a lesson because it is taking South Africa's democracy for granted.

"If anyone disrespects Parliament and the laws of this country, it is the so-called ANC because anarchists are those who don't want to comply with the law and who don't respect the law."

He says the ANC, through Zuma, undermines the law, Chapter 9 Institutions and the courts of this country.

"The ANC never takes responsibility for the matters the public are upset about."

The EFF leader says the day the ANC decides to respect the law, there will be no issues between the two parties.

"The ANC can go and hang themselves. We don't care what they say they are going to jump because they don't respect the law."

He adds the EFF is the only organisation known for what it represents.

"There is no poverty of ideas in the EFF. If any organisation suffers from starvation of ideas it is the ANC."

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, meanwhile, says the ruling party is shocked by the EFF's behaviour.

"We have noted with seriousness the conduct and the behaviour of EFF Mps yesterday. The EFF seeks to hijack Parliament and the legislature and use the, as laboratories for political adventurism."

Kodwa argues that Parliament must defend its integrity by imposing sanctions which must deter this type of behaviour.

"Parliament must know that it isn't just dealing with ordinary MPs it is dealing with rebels masked as Parliamentarians which is hell-bent on undermining everything that is conventional - the rules that govern Parliament, the laws and the institutions of this country"

The ANC spokesperson says no amount of justification can justify the EFF's conduct.