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The Support for Malema’s New Political Party Could Surprise Many

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17-Jun-2013 10:42

julius+malemaLast week former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema announced that he was starting a new political party called Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). His announcement has sparked mixed reaction, but mostly negative.

Many South Africans believe that Malema is not in a position to be starting a new political party due to various reasons e.g. the reasons that led to his expulsion from the ANCYL and the legal and financial challenges he is currently facing. However, Malema seems to be unfazed by all of this. If he does successfully launch EFF, its support could surprise many.


South Africans are very forgiving or tolerant of the mistakes that politicians make. They tend to focus on the future more than the past. It is well-known that Zuma has made several mistakes in the past. However, millions of people continue to support him. In fact, his support peaked while he was attending court cases, facing a number of charges. Now the memories of his mistakes are gradually fading away in the minds of many South Africans. The same thing might happen with Malema.

Malema is currently facing a number of charges. He and some of his fans strongly believe that some of the charges he is facing are part of a political conspiracy to silence him. This, including the negative comments and controversy surrounding his new party, could work in his favour. He might gain more support than expected. Also, there are people who may vote for him not because they really support him but just to give the ANC a wake up call.

Some members of the ANC have criticized Malema for starting a new political party. Fikile Mbalula said Malema is reckless and immature to start a new party. He said what Malema is doing is commiting political suicide. Ronald Lamola said Malema should have waited until he was rehabilitated and readmitted to the ANC. However, Malema believes that it is not only within the ANC where he can participate in the struggle for economic freedom.

Although many people disagree with many things Malema says, he has quite a huge following. Every time he talks, he gets a lot of attention from the media. He didn’t even have to pay anything to advertise his new political party. He only announced it last week, yet millions of South Africans already know about it. Clearly, through his loud mouth, he has managed to make his name a well-known brand, and that can help him to garner thousands or millions of votes if his party will be contesting the elections next year. According to The Eyewitness, Malema will announce in July whether EFF will be contesting.

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32 Comments

  1.  eish
     Jun 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    go on juju. this countrys law is double standard. those who killed and take away the land it can only be claimed by a willing seller and a willing buyer. but farm for a son of a domestick worker is taken and sold back to the former concores for less than market price and we must call it just and democratic! nonses.

    i will now vote again to get ride of ANC

  2.  lebohang fish
     Jun 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

    we want a man who does not keep secrets like juju, he could be positive to the nation.

  3.  duif73
     Jul 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Only reason he does not keep secrets is because he forgets what he said the week before.

  4.  eish
     Jun 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    go on juju. this countrys law is double standard. those who killed and take away the land it can only be claimed by a willing seller and a willing buyer. but farm for a son of a domestick worker is taken and sold back to the former concores for less than market price and we must call it just and democratic! nonses.i will now vote again to get ride of ANC

  5.  Mamooe
     Jun 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I will support malema till i die, and many people made mistakes so we must listen to what he want to say.

  6.  mkhosani jnr
     Jun 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I will support malema til da end…

    South Africa must wake Up.

  7.  I will go with freedom
     Jun 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Julius please lead the youth to the right direction and you don’t have to ask for my vote you already have it.Anc its high time to wake up and all the corrupt politicians must be dealt with them

  8.  Bimbo
     Jun 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Juju u got my vote.

  9.  soutie2
     Jun 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    The unemployed and poor masses will flock to him. He also has that X factor as a political orator.

  10.  Mbutu Mbutu
     Jun 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Malema Brand …….
    Never thought of it that way. This boys caughs, every newspaper reports it.

  11.  Mbutu Mbutu
     Jun 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Malema Brand …….Never thought of it that way. This boys caughs, every newspaper reports it.

  12.  Anonymous
     Jun 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Viva EFF…Viva EFF!

  13.  aviwe kamkam
     Jun 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Viva juju…viva juju…lead da youth!

  14.  Azwi
     Jun 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    It’s quite an interesting move from Malema and Floyd, why? As much as South Africans are forgiving and tolerant as the article above suggest, they are also very forgetting and oblivious meaning you can easily fade within the political scope. You need to be active to remain political relevant. …

  15.  mkhosani jnr
     Jun 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I will support malema til da end…South Africa must wake Up.

  16.  thabiso
     Jun 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

    who m i not to vote for you? I have long been waiting for this man….your expulsion from anc was discussed before it could happen, that is why it remains unfair. When you were re elected u said u and Floyd are not safe in the anc, why did it happen just like that? Look man if you dare gives up about this party, you will anger me and many millions out there. Your type don’t deserve to join a party where they don’t have an opinion…even Mandela never kept mum about people he didn’t disagree with even if it was from his seniors, so what kind of anc are we seeing today? Cultural society?

  17.  Chester Ahashoni
     Jun 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Eff in my life time. That I will support viva EFF

  18.  Tshebeletso Mangoale
     Jun 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    To the friends and the family of EFF,the commander in chief and the relatives and the ordinary population of the republic.the number of our people is so huge and we cannot afford to disappoint our memebers by nor registering our glorious movement for next year election.forward we are going, backward never.Aluta

  19.  Buddyman
     Jun 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    we Government employees will 100% support Malema

  20.  seapela Tebogo
     Jun 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Viva Juju Viva I don’t believe in you now but u have my vote in the future, pull up your socks and #Nationalize…am happy and all the best.

  21.  Tebogo Moroka
     Jun 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Is not a mistake to join malema, is the same as Zuma joined Gupta for living. Viva EFF. Vryburg is on your side.
    Amandla.

  22.  handy nchochoba
     Jun 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    The poor and unemployed will be heard. I fear no one to support malema. EFF has my vote (ancyl vryburg)

  23.  Richard frm sasol fezile dabi region
     Jun 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Stil support u general juju malema vivi eff viva

  24.  Tman
     Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I’m not into politics but m seek of empty promises from Jacob Zuma and his friends up there,
    when they want votes they promise us the world then after votes they only concentrate putting more into their own pockets. While he building a complex for his family that costs above 100mil,statistics show that SA population is around 50mil meaning that if the ANC leaders want and wish well for every1 they can give every house hold 500k to solve financial problems and have a fresh start financial and that alone can boost the economy. I sure have new hope in EFF in the future and will be voting for EFF should it run for elections

  25.  Karolina
     Jun 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Iam so happy!!!!!!?!!? Malema has got great plans for the future,the country and everyone no more ANC for me Malema has definetly got ma vote this dude is like super extremely cool …VIVA Malema viva!!!!Viva EFF viva!!!!!

  26.  Mahlatse
     Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    A forgotten, neglected and abondend village in marumofase, just outside lenyenye supports you 100% maybe our village will improve.

  27.  mzo
     Jul 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    We appreciate what anc has done for us.what we don’t appreciate is empty promises and poor leadership shown by by this government led by jz.that is y we will support eff 100%.as a youth of sa we are being described as a ticking time bomb before we explode,eff must save us!

  28.  frans mokoka
     Jul 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Proceed mr malema we will surport u until nkandla being crush n gupta gate being public issue like RDP houses and we don`t fear anything under the leadership of jacob zuma>we wish the state could pay the fees for peoples who lost their brothers in marikana and nationalkisation is the key issue

  29.  Anonymous
     Jul 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Go eff go

  30.  pretty mphahlele
     Jul 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Viva EFF ,forward we go comrades ,we are going to mobilise youth to join this party ,I’m willing to recruiting more people in soweto ,im there to help u comrate .

  31.  THABO KEKANA 4RM KHUTSONG
     Jul 19, 2013 at 5:43 am

    The generation of 1970s has fought for freedom and we r greatful for that, now its time for us the 1980s to fight for economic freedom and nationalization for the sake of the next coming generation..viva juju viva our future president khutsong is behind you al the way!!

  32.  Nhlanhla
     Jul 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Viva juju im with u all da way

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