Malema: Critics benefiting from fight EFF started

A confident Julius Malema says that the EFF’s reach has become significant enough to remove the ANC from power in 2019.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd at the party’s fourth anniversary in Durban on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Ziyanmda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says people are able to freely speak out against the government because the organisation he leads has been at the forefront of fighting corruption.

Malema was speaking at the party’s fourth birthday celebrations in Durban at the weekend.

He says it was the EFF that coined “Pay back the Money” in Parliament despite being accused of being CIA agents trying to bring regime change.

Malema hit out at EFF critics, saying that they are now enjoying the benefits of a fight they began.

“All those people who are behaving like they are brave today, they never spoke against corruption, they never spoke against the government of the day until the EFF shouted 'Pay back the Money', until the EFF shouted 'Zupta Must Fall'.”

He told his supporters that the party is growing, including in KwaZulu-Natal, which is predominantly an African National Congress (ANC) stronghold.

A confident Malema says that the EFF’s reach has become significant enough to remove the ANC from power in 2019.

Malema has reiterated that next month President Jacob Zuma will no longer be in the highest office if the secret ballot vote is granted.

The red beret leader says that the party intends to grow its support base in KwaZulu-Natal and has even invited Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to give the organisation advice.

But he says this does not mean that their goal is to remove the African National Congress from power.

“ANC was elected by the people, we are saying to them remove Zuma, you can elect anyone, you are the government of today, we are going to remove you in 2019. We can’t remove you through a back door.”

Malema has called on South Africans to join a countrywide shutdown on 8 August if the secret ballot is not granted by Parliament.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)