Analyst: EFF's Malema is impacting ANC politics

Somadoda Fikeni says Malema has made an immense impact on opposition politics in a short time.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media following the Constitutional Court's ruling that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The legal victory for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF's) pay back the money campaign yesterday shows Julius Malema is impacting ANC politics, from outside the party, according to political analyst Somadoda Fikeni.

Malema, a former leader of the ANC's Youth League, campaigned for President Jacob Zuma to replace Thabo Mbeki as African National Congress (ANC) president and was regarded as a king maker.

After his expulsion from the youth league, Malema founded the EFF in 2013, and has positioned himself as a thorn in Zuma's side.

He's also managed to keep his own legal troubles with the taxman at bay.

WATCH: Malema calls for Zuma's resignation.

Fikeni says Malema has made an immense impact on opposition politics in a short space of time.

"Now he's beginning to impact on the ANC and government politics because very often they are to respond to his challenges. He may not be a king maker, but he may probably be a king breaker this time around."

The EFF took Zuma to the highest court in the land for failing to act on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action, after she found Zuma benefitted unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the government's R246 million project to upgrade his private residence in Nkandla.

The Democratic Alliance also joined the legal action which was initiated late last year.

Yesterday, the Constitutional Court found that not only the president, but also Parliament, failed to uphold and defend the Constitution in dealing with the Nkandla debacle.

LISTEN: Political analyst and law expert weigh in on Nkandla ruling.

The court ordered National Treasury to determine how much Zuma had to pay for non-security installations such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal, visitors' centre and amphitheatre.

The scathing judgment has sparked fresh calls for Zuma's removal from office and has placed the ANC in a difficult position in a crucial election year.