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Julius Malema faces revolt from within

A group of disillusioned EFF members are threatening to remove Malema as party leader.

Julius Malema. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is preparing to take on President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Thursday while facing revolt from within his own party.

A group of disillusioned EFF members are threatening to remove Malema physically as leader of the party.

Malema has promised to disrupt Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) by asking him when he intends paying back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

EFF member Lufuno Gogoro is leading the rebellion against Malema and says the party is divided.

"The EFF is in the intensive care unit, it's dying, and Julius has killed it. And we are not going to pretend as if things are okay."

Gogoro says Malema is dragging the entire party into his personal battle with the president.

"They are not representing us, they're representing themselves. Julius is fighting with Jacob Zuma for whatever they know. They must not involve us in their personal battle. Our people still need a movement that is going to pursue their issue."

Malema is expected to have the backing of his Parliamentary caucus for the showdown with Zuma on Thursday.