Johannesburg – EFF leader Julius Malema says the media
unfairly project his party as violent, when the ruling ANC should instead take
the mantle as a violent political party.
Malema was addressing journalists at the party’s national
list conference for local government election candidates in Midrand on Monday.
Calling out the media, Malema said: "The media has
taken the side of the oppressor. History will judge you harshly."
Malema said too many media reports negatively portrayed his
party. He claimed the ANC was, in fact, the most violent party in the country.
"I’m still to be shown the violence of the EFF. What
did the EFF do? Did the EFF shoot? Which meeting did the EFF disrupt of another
political party? The way we are projected is unfair. The most violent party is
the ANC, yet they are projected as being the victim."
'We do not fight back'
He went on to say that the EFF had "fearless
people" within its ranks.
"When [our members] are shot, when bottles and stones
are thrown at them, they do not disappear. They remain there. But we do not
fight back. Yet the SA media has portrayed the EFF as the most violent
Malema added that media headlines saying tensions existed between
the ANC and EFF were false. He suggested that the ANC provoked the EFF.
"What tensions? We secure a venue. We have permission
to be there. Then the ANC comes and disrupts our meeting. There is no single
headline that says ANC disrupts EFF meeting. When the ANC throws stones, we
take out a white flag and say it is unnecessary."