He was once the African National Congress’ (ANC) golden boy‚ the Youth League leader who vowed to kill for the party president – but Julius Malema has vowed to never return to the political party where he cut his teeth.
“Go to the ANC? I don’t imagine myself doing that‚” he said in Durban on Sunday.
He was addressing the party’s branch members about two months after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) KwaZulu-Natal structures were disbanded because of poor performance in the province in the August local government election.
Malema said that‚ even though the EFF was just three years old‚ it had made remarkable gains. And this gave him the confidence that he was in the right place.
“I will never go to the ANC. Even if in 2019 [after the scheduled national election]‚ if the ANC gets less than 50% and needs the vote of the EFF we will tell them‚ ‘Here is the vote; we are collapsing the ANC and EFF into one organisation.’ We will find a new name and collapse the ANC and its history‚” he said to rapturous applause.
His disdain for the ANC was evident earlier in his nearly 90-minute speech‚ when he said that accusations that the party had sold out because of its partnership with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP_ in some municipalities came from people who were “day-dreaming”.
“We’ve not gone into coalition with anyone. We voted for the removal of the ANC; we did not vote for the DA or the IFP. Anything else that would have removed the ANC we would have voted for it. The ANC is an immediate threat to South Africa.
“You are saying that we are fighting white monopoly capital in terms of the founding manifesto of the EFF‚ correct? We are fighting white monopoly capital‚ but if we do not deal with the immediate threat called the ANC‚ by the time we defeat white people…there will not be a country called South Africa. It will be destroyed by the ANC‚” he said.
He said that if councillors had voted with the ANC in Johannesburg and Tshwane‚ as many people were calling on them to do‚ the ANC would be arrogant about holding the power in those municipalities.
“Today they are fighting‚ eating each other alive‚ because we took the metros away from them‚” he said.