Malema challenges the state to arrest him

Julius Malema says he doesn’t believe the charges of treason laid against him are legitimate

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addressing the supporters during the party’s manifesto launch at Orlando Stadium on 30 April 2016. Picture: @EFFSouthAfrica.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) leader Julius Malema has challenged the state to arrest him over his comments about the party taking up arms to defend themselves and says his supporters are not afraid of the police.

Malema today launched the party's local government elections manifesto at a packed Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

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The EFF says it wants to demonstrate the success of its policies by introducing them at local government level and has asked South Africans to give it five years to prove itself.

Malema also launched a scathing attack on his detractors within the African National Congress (ANC), accusing them of using the state to suppress political opposition.

Malema says he doesn't believe the charges of treason laid against him are legitimate and he remains unafraid.

"Anyone who wants to arrest me, here I am, you can come and arrest me now. I'm not scared of all of you."

He says his party will not be intimidated by the police.

"Minister of police, we are not scared of you and your police. We are not scared of a violent state and we are ready to take you on anytime."

The commander in chief insists that the EFF if ready to take up arms against the state in self-defence if peaceful demonstrations are suppressed with violence.

Earlier this week, the African National Congress (ANC) laid "treason" charges against Malema for saying the EFF would remove the ANC through the barrel of a gun if the governing party.rigged elections

He says they are not scared of President Zuma and the ANC.

"Bring it on, we are not scared of you, we are ready for you and we are ready to take over all the municipalities. We are the government in waiting."

Malema has responded to those who've accused the EFF of promoting violence and anarchy, saying their members will only use violence to defend themselves.

"Anyone who wants to arrest me, here I am, you can come and arrest me now. There's nothing treason here, you came with violence - we will respond to you with violence. We are not scared of you. We will never start any violence."