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EFF defends Malema after 'brawl video'

The EFF says Malema’s actions in a ‘brawl’ caught on camera should be admired by South Africans.

A screengrab from CCTV footage released on Thursday showing EFF leader Julius Malema intimidating a man. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has defended party leader Julius Malema's actions caught on camera in a brawl video, saying they won't apologise for defending a non-racist society.

On Thursday, AfriForum released CCTV footage of Malema shoving and pushing a man in a Tzaneen restaurant in August.

The man in question claims Malema hurled abusive language at him and says he's been left fearing for his life.

The party has since lashed back, claiming the man in the video was drunk and verbally abusing employees of the restaurant.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says claims Malema's actions should be admired by South Africans.

"We call on all South Africans to emulate him every time they are met with racism, every time they witness racism, they must respond to it decisively."

He says the EFF leader is a law abiding citizen who will cooperate fully with authorities if need be.

"One thing thought know, that you must never expect, is that he will never apologise for responding decisively against racism."

Meanwhile, AfriForum says it wants action to be taken against Malema.

AfriForum's Ernst Roets claims Malema is using his status to defend his actions.

"The fact that a public representative can walk around in act in this manner clearly indicates that he regards himself as being above the law and also regards himself as being above his fellow citizens."

Limpopo police are investigating charges of assault, intimidation and criminal injuria against the EFF leader.