Malema: EFF more peaceful than other parties
Julius Malema has labelled claims the EFF is violent and disruptive as devoid of truth.
JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the assertion that his party is violent and disruptive is devoid of truth, and evidence shows that the party is actually more peaceful than other political parties.
Malema has responded to the violence during the provincial meetings of the EFF ahead of its National People's Assembly in Bloemfontein.
The EFF leader says the national meeting started without incident and is symbolic of the EFF's discipline.
"We don't have killing. We don't have anyone with serious injuries who had to be admitted to hospital because of the assembly of the EFF. Those are enemy agents who seek to undermine the cause of the revolution."
But the red berets have admitted to hiring more security, which included guards dressed in riot gear with batons, due to a possible risk of disruption.
Two thousand delegates from across the country converged on the University of the Free State for the assembly on Sunday.
Among the guests in attendance were international organisations in solidarity with Palestine and other leftist groups.
During the party's Northern Cape conference, people were stabbed, while in the Western Cape, prospective leaders tried to block the meeting with a court challenge.
WATCH: Malema's opening address at the EFF assembly
MALEMA REELECTED UNOPPOSED
Malema was elected unopposed after a candidate from the Free State declined nomination to challenge him for the presidency.
Others elected into the top six structure are chief whip Floyd Shivambu as deputy president and Magdalene Moonsamy as treasurer.
But there were some surprises, with two leaders who played crucial roles in this year's general elections excluded.
While there may have been counter-nominations for top posts, none of the candidates could meet the required threshold to second a nomination.
It was believed that Mpho Ramakatsa would be voted in as secretary-general, after serving as coordinator during the 7 May polls but one of the EFF's most outspoken Member of Parliament (MP), Godrich Gardee, was elected by a majority.
Andile Mngxitama was also left out in the cold, with Hlengiwe Hlophe
elected as Gardee's deputy.
Dali Mpofu was elected chairperson.
WATCH: EFF top leadership nominated unopposed
MALEMA: NO ANC
Malema also ruled out any possibility of returning to the African National Congress (ANC) as an individual or with his party.
Weekend reports quoted Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as saying she wants the EFF leader to return to the ruling party.
But Malema said the ANC's future prospective leaders are worrisome and have been compromised by President Jacob Zuma.
He says the ANC leadership has become entrenched in patronage, making it unfit to govern.
"It's going to be worse than what it is because [Deputy President] Cyril Ramaphosa is worse than Jacob Zuma. Cyril is a criminal of note. In every political engagement he sees a transaction."
Malema said the ANC is dominated by people from one region and factionalism.
The EFF leader also dismissed any accusations of heavy-handed rule in his party, saying they act decisively to ensure the party's survival.