Julius Malema: EFF inspired by the real Nelson Mandela

2014-04-22 16:54

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has listed Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chávez as leaders who inspire his party.

“We are inspired by President Nelson Mandela himself, the real Nelson Mandela, not the artificial one that you guys have created for yourself,” he said earlier today in Joburg.

Malema said the real Nelson Mandela was a man ready to take up arms and kill. “He didn’t form Umkhonto weSizwe so that he could romanticise the enemy.

“His generation in the youth league was very impatient with how the ANC was conducting the struggle and they said we can’t continue to talk peace with the enemy when the enemy responds through violence,” he said.

Malema was speaking at a media briefing after his party’s TV advert was banned by the SABC.

The advert, NOW is the Time for Economic Freedom, was barred by the SABC after the broadcaster cited “incitement to violence” as one of the reasons for disapproving of the advert.

“We have not banned the advert; we rejected it. We cannot air an advert that encourages criminal activities,” said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, who was referring to a segment of the advert that encouraged people to destroy e-tolls “physically”.

Read: EFF promises mass action after SABC bans campaign ad

Malema was undeterred by the SABC’s decision, saying they would distribute the video through social networking sites, mobile phones and via email.

He also promised “mass action” against the broadcaster on April 29 if the advert was not flighted, because “to suppress an advert on the basis of disagreeing with it politically, is wrong”, he said.

Kganyago did not want to comment on the EFF’s threat, saying: “It’s up to them what they want to do.”

He also denied claims made by the EFF that the SABC sent out the official letter informing the party it would not be flighted only this morning.

“It is not true. The letter was sent on Wednesday April 16 at 9.20am, I have the email here in my hands,” he said.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube last Tuesday, has had close to 15 000 views.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWfdU7xr-tA

“We are going on with our campaign just as it is. We are not going to amend the advert. We can’t be told by Hlaudi [Motsoeneng] what to advertise and not to advertise,” Malema said.

He also dismissed reports of a possible coalition between the DA and EFF. “The DA remains the custodian party of white monopoly interests and the broader superexploitative system of capitalism. It represents everything that EFF opposes in the fundamental direction of South Africa’s economy,” he said.

Read: DA flirts with EFF

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