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EFF attacks ANC's economic policies

Julius Malema says banks are keeping millions of South Africans in debt and own their cars and homes.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema delivers his speech during a Joint Sitting on Parliament to debate the State of the Nation Address on 17 February 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) economic policy and has accused President Jacob Zuma of using hooligan tactics to suppress his party.

In the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Malema said the National Development Plan (NDP) was "light years" away from the Freedom Charter, the historic document drawn up in 1955 that spelt out a vision for a non-racial and democratic South Africa.

Malema says banks are keeping millions of South Africans in debt and own their cars and homes.

He has also criticised the lack of tariffs on imported goods.

"What we know is that the ANC's committed to free-market capitalism and will never control trade for the benefit of the people."

The EFF leader, who was physically forced out of the National Assembly during Zuma's Sona last week, has also accused him of using 'hooligan tactics' against the opposition.

"You will be known as a president whose rule violated the fundamental rights of Members of Parliament (MPs) to hold the executive accountable."

WATCH: More cellphone footage has emerged showing a new angle on EFF MPs being ejected from this year's State of the Nation Address. Footage courtesy of PowerFM.

He says no amount of violence and harassment will stop the EFF and the new generation from taking over the country.

Malema also addressed the house saying Zuma was responsible for the actions of the security forces in Parliament.

"You shall be known as the president who brought violence and not peace to the workers in Marikana. You will be known as the president who violated the fundamental rights of MPs to hold executive accountable. You will be known as a hooligan who used hooligan tactics to silence the opposition duly elected to represent poor South Africans."

WATCH: Speaking at the Sona debate in Parliament, Malema said no amount of violence and harassment would scare his party from taking on President Jacob Zuma.

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