Johannesburg - Billionaire businessman
Johann Rupert is threatened by the EFF's fight for economic freedom, the party
said on Monday.
"Rupert is threatened by the
economic struggle and the agenda to change patterns of ownership in South
Africa," Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema told
reporters in Johannesburg.
He was announcing the EFF's national and
provincial lists of candidates for the 7 May general elections.
He said anything that threatened to
change power relations in the country, would be a threat to the luxury goods
"Even when we were in the ANC Youth
League he said the youth league is like an irritating mosquito in a tent that
"President Jacob Zuma became that
doom, used... to destroy the ANCYL."
According to the Sunday Times, Malema
told a group of supporters at a rally in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, at the weekend
that Rupert had ordered the ANC to deal with him while he was head of the ANCYL
and that the businessman controlled the SA Revenue Service (Sars).
"Does Johann Rupert think we are
fools? When Zuma handed us over to Sars, his reason was political, Rupert's was
Malema will run as the EFF's
Floyd Shivambu was number four on the
national list, the party's national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was eighth
and the national co-ordinator Andile Mngxitama was 10th.
Three members of the Socialist Party of
Azania, including its president Lybon Mabasa, were part of the EFF's candidate
Three members of the Black Consciousness
Party, including its deputy president Nkosi Molala, and two members of South
Africa First were also listed as EFF candidates.
DA MPL Meisie Kennedy would be one of
EFF's provincial candidates.
"If the DA is unhappy with that,
they must fire her," Malema said.