Malema: EFF secures 1 000 members

2013-07-27 22:49

Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it has secured over 1 000 new members.

"We received 1 100 new members on the first day of recruiting," said party leader Julius Malema at a media briefing in Soweto.

"If this becomes a trend then we will be getting 1 000 member[s] every's going to be bigger than what we expected."

This exceeded their expectations, he said.

The EFF - which had gathered in Soweto for a two day national assembly - plans to contest next year's general election.

Malema said the EFF would be officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Monday after a few amendments had been made, including changes to its logo.

The EFF logo depicted an arrow instead of a spear and this was to be changed.

Malema said the party would register with double the required number of members needed to contest the election.

"I was told by the IEC that we should have 500 members to register but we are going to register with 1 100 new members," the former ANC Youth League leader said.

Malema is facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court. 


He is accused of making nearly R4m from corrupt activities and is out on bail of R10 000.

He faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering.

Malema acknowledged on Saturday that intimidation was part of politics, but expressed concern about the alleged intimidation of his members.

He said "people with pangas" had intimidated his members during an EFF meeting in the Vaal, but did not say when this had occurred.

He noted that intimidation tactics were worse in Mpumalanga.

"I am more worried about Mpumalanga because they have the potential to kill," he said.

Malema also encouraged Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and his wife to stay strong amid the rape allegations against him.

Vavi's lawyer Dup de Bruyn said earlier that a case of extortion had been opened against a woman who allegedly tried to blackmail Vavi.

Malema said he expected Vavi's wife to stick by his side and not allow "his detractors any room for joy".

  • Danie Kritzinger - 2013-07-27 23:04

    NEWS24 - your EFF coverage is becoming a bit of a pain in the proverbial...Are you doing if for the comments & reactions?

      sunblock - 2013-07-28 14:05

      I agree Danie - censor the Malema stuff. It's all calculated populism and all it does is sow division and hatred. We should all just turn our backs on him.

  • Antonio Bandarass - 2013-07-27 23:07

    which members? he's lying & why we're feed garbage about Malema /Zuma everyday, some1 hated so much...

  • Willow Segole - 2013-07-27 23:09

    what did he promise them a million each or a tender

      Rabotlhoko Silver-Surf Tlhabane - 2013-07-28 08:36

      We are earning peanuts cousin,wake up and smell the Coffey .

      nu_un_clear - 2013-07-28 09:32

      @rabotlh... Do you deserve anything other than peanuts?, WORK! , is the only way to improve your life.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-28 09:34

      Rabotlhoko - as long as people support fools /thieves like showerhead or fatboy they will continue to earn peanuts. - wake up and smell the COFFEE.

      mapepaki - 2013-07-28 09:39

      Perhaps he should offer free effing COFFEE

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-27 23:12

    Without politics Malema is nothing,,one this for sure is that prison awaits him

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-07-28 09:19

      1000 members in how many months...? Sheesh, you had better get a move on if your plans of being President before being sent to Prison are to happen. Juju's plan of action... 'if we can get 1 million voters each month, for the next 10 months, we will viva, we can do it viva'

  • leko.dada1 - 2013-07-27 23:13

    + me...

  • Ren - 2013-07-27 23:19

    Who cares about him and his moron thieving jail birds!!

  • Willow Segole - 2013-07-27 23:24

    is this the 1000 that escaped from Libyan prison.what a coincidence

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-07-27 23:27

    I'm an additional member. No retreat no surrender. My "X" goes to EFF out of the sacrifice of 1955 and 1976, the fallen heroes will be our strength. I will respect the outcome of IEC elections. #Asijiki

      Bayo ASaolu - 2013-07-28 05:54

      U're a fool

      Bayo ASaolu - 2013-07-28 05:56

      I mean Thanduxolo Galada,u're a fool

      Jason Kodak - 2013-07-28 10:07

      The fallen hero's you're talking about are form the ANC, the very party fatboy is running against - you ignorant fool!

  • Basil Clifford - 2013-07-27 23:33

    Can someone check whether these so called "members" actually exist? I can also fill in 1000 forms, come up with 1000 different know, what Mugabe does to win elections.

  • Joyzee Sibasa - 2013-07-27 23:36

    you can count me as well,i go for malemas party,

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-07-28 16:19

      So are many others who don't have access to internet and computers. He speaks the language they want to hear Joyzee. This man will surprise many because he has the capacity to drive masses. Comments on any of his stories are true testimony of his popularity.

  • Ronald Kasasa - 2013-07-27 23:37

    i have not been taking these guyz serious , i was thinking they just meet as comrade and drink beer and brai without discusing sense. Are they realy serious?

  • Lucky Simelane - 2013-07-27 23:40


      WildCatSal - 2013-07-28 03:18

      A.s.I.j.I.k.i. And Say It, JuJu Is Ku-Ku Idiot. At the end of the day he's gonna screw you all and laugh all the way to the bank with the select few. If you are gullible to believe all his "smooth talk" and let me "exploit" the poor and these unfortunate people will not know what hit them.. Then it will be to late. A leopard does not change his spots.. "Young lions.." (Tongue in cheek) There's a Sucker born every minute.

  • Phillipus Johannes Petrus Kleynhans - 2013-07-27 23:41

    Hey bobbie. so far more bobbies voting for you. still caculating

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-27 23:41

    Pangas on the first EFFing day...very ominous.. this psychotic snake has no insight and similar to uncle Bob his tutor of destruction..cul da sac.

      Dubula Ibhunu - 2013-07-27 23:49

      Viva EFF!

  • Dubula Ibhunu - 2013-07-27 23:45

    Viva EFF!!! Viva...we can not polish the issue of land!!

      Dubula Ibhunu - 2013-07-27 23:57

      Our people were forcefully removed from their land... willing buyer and seller had failed us... viva EFF

      Joe Black - 2013-07-28 03:47

      Dubula if you want to own 2.5 hectares where there is no running water, no electricity, no phone coverage, no police service, no local hospital or clinic, no roads, no sewage, 15 (if you are lucky) for firewood for life, no shop, no work, very little rain for crops, grazing for 5 sheep or 5 goats or 2 head of cattle if you are lucky. Then... erm... You are a brave man. That is most of South Africa. The only thing that works is big farms and there are only a few thousand of those in SA. So if the EFF is to work realistically for its supporters as far as land reform is concerned then it has to keep its membership down to 10 000 or below so that each person can get a farm that can sustain itself and to somehow win an election with that number. Anything else is a sad joke. Face it Malema is just making pretty promises and using you for support. Your his get out of jail free card.

      Joe Black - 2013-07-28 04:16

      Who owns the most land is a pointless competition if you ask me. I certainly don't care. All I care about is that there is enough food in the country and that farms can maybe export some produce to bring money in. The farmer's life is not for me. The nice farms - The vineyards, game farms those with tourist possibilities will never belong to poor people like us anyway. It will be a rich guy who owns them. Or a corrupt guy like Julius.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-28 07:09

      Dabula, the land claim farms have all failed. Where I live the government is spending R40milllion to redevelop a land claim farm which cost them R20million in the willing buyer / seller agreement. When government biught this farm in 2006, there was 1100 people working on the farm. It was run down so badly that only 12 people was left working there in 2012. Massive job losses and food security down the drain. If EFF takes over, you will have a 98% unemployed rate with millions dying of hunger. We are looking after

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-28 07:16

      Dabula. Your name says it all. You are a racist! If you want to kill all the farmers, you will have to survive on your own. The African culture only plant mielies for themselves and do not care about someone else. If there is no food? Who will look after the ones who do not have a parch of land to grow their own food?

      Mpepe Wa Tlou Molewa - 2013-07-28 08:08

      Nature of south africans "we do wat nid to be done". yes we may not use land dat governmnt secure back to us but rest assured wen da preasure of food shortage cums to life we wil not die wit land in our hands. if u all take a luk at most acts they all contain security clause n dats da blue print of a white man. big farmers cn continue to farm even if they dnt own da farms.

      Odwa Msauli - 2013-07-29 01:07

      Y'all don't get it. This is not a debate issue. It's give it back...... bit*h!!!!

  • Basil Clifford - 2013-07-27 23:50

    Could someone please please please PLLLEEEEEEEAAASSSE tell me what this fella is still doing on THIS side of prison bars?????

  • Bester Maake - 2013-07-27 23:52

    + me i cn,t wait 2 vote 2 EFf in election.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-28 07:02

      Hope you get a better education from them than what you got from anc

      ChrisHolloway - 2013-07-28 09:37

      Yes please... and get all the other dimwits to do the same..

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-28 09:44

      Bester - idiot speak is for children's forums like mixit - learn to write like an adult if you want to impress.

  • Masilo Manelo Itumeleng - 2013-07-28 00:04

    well we will see

  • Christo Terblanche - 2013-07-28 00:19

    WTF? Why do you still give this guy a minute of your time?

  • Paseka Mays Gilliam Radebe - 2013-07-28 00:20

    +1 me plz

      Paseka Mays Gilliam Radebe - 2013-07-28 00:58

      We are Government in Waiting

      Jakes Cakedregs - 2013-07-28 04:15

      Government in waiting. Waiting to be aborted...

  • ThabangMaaake - 2013-07-28 00:22

    Vavi must not be ashamed, in EFF he got a political home, home of radicals where a black person will also be respected.

      WildCatSal - 2013-07-28 02:44

      :::eyes rolling:::

  • Petrus Marx - 2013-07-28 00:28

    WOW!!! you can take over the world with numbers like that...

  • Lungiswa Lungiiswa - 2013-07-28 00:29

    I support any and every antiZuma force including EFF. I hate that rapist.

      Dubula Ibhunu - 2013-07-28 00:37

      he flush people like condoms...

  • Downs Shareholder - 2013-07-28 00:39

    Majority of the youth will vote for EFF. Juju is popular with this age group.

      Joe Black - 2013-07-28 04:20

      What? 30-40? Or do you mean his mental age group?

      Martin De Lange - 2013-07-28 08:06

      Sad, but true...

  • pws69 - 2013-07-28 00:42

    I think EFF is great for the following reasons: We will finally find out if the land issue is actually an issue, or just hot air. We will find out exactly what the youth do want, instead of radical rhetoric claiming to talk on behalf of the youth. It will eat into the ANC vote. If they have a strong showing, I will know that my hopes for a better SA will have been in vain, and take appropriate action, instead of this limbo of "maybe it will improve by the next elections".

      Dubula Ibhunu - 2013-07-28 00:47

      without land we are nothing...Viva EFF!

      Joe Black - 2013-07-28 04:58

      If you have land you will be Ibhunu. Maybe you should change your name :D

  • TaLuks TaLuks BlackPride - 2013-07-28 00:50

    Please count me as well. You are the only hope to bring back the dignity zamaAfrica, kula maBhulu. Asijiki!!!

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-28 17:03

      shame ..what an ignorant racist.....the anc and only the anc is responsible for you loosing your dignity - NOT WHITES, just leave us alone...... you JUST cannot blame us for your woes anymore........if you can't do something about yourselves in 20 years you will never rise above your own shortcomings. The Germans and Japanese turned their total destructed countries into a prosperous first world entity in a mere 10 to 15 years. ...........from rubble and ashes to first world countries and today the biggest economies in the world.......can you do it???????? seems not and even after been given a FIRST world country on a plate!!!!!!!!! Some people are born to be a failure. Get off your big fat asses and start doing something for yourselves EISHHHHHHHHH, LOOOOOOOSERS!

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-28 01:32

    MALEMA! Instead of wasting your not so young anymore, life-go to nearest library. Read about the ''revolution'' you insisting must take place in SA. It is the same proverbial Bicycle you ppl inventing again! The last Revolution happened in Russia in 1917. For the countries of Socialist block it took 70-80 years of, wars, famines, concentration camps, millions lives lost - to come to the conclusion - NOT WORKING. Study and help others to get education,jobs and good life for your fellow S A ns.

  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-07-28 01:33

    Anyone else read 'More than 1 000 escape from Libyan prison' and then see they secured 1000 members and just raised their eyebrow a little?

  • Avhurengwi Alpheus Mphaphuli - 2013-07-28 02:04

    Viva EFF

  • thasman.class - 2013-07-28 02:05

    viva EFF viva !

      Jakes Cakedregs - 2013-07-28 04:01

      Wie? Waa'? Wat?

  • Steve T Jones - 2013-07-28 02:17

    Another 1000 effing idiots , these people have the brain power of a matchbox , oops that's to big , I mean a pin head

      Don Mug - 2013-07-28 03:27

      You will eat your words one day.

      Nyika - 2013-07-28 03:52

      That's generally how whites view blacks. It's in your blood.

      Mpepe Wa Tlou Molewa - 2013-07-28 07:47

      we cant think da same amd its idiotic of u to jump to da conclution dat eff members are all idiots and if u may b forgiven for ur premature judgment so shud the ppl who u col idiots. We all hv a right of association. My choice shud not bother u. Wateva motivates u to insult black minds is the motivation for black minds to associates wit Malema. Dont paint eff members wit one brush.

      Donovan Hendricks - 2013-07-28 08:12

      Mpepe,right will always be right,and wrong will always be wrong.Fact is this fat idiot stole from the taxpayer to live a lavish lifestyle.This fat idiot also bankrupted the ANCYL.This fat idiot was prepared to kill for the loathsome and corrupt Zuma after he was instrumental in bringing him(zuma) to power.speak for yourself cos there is no such thing as a black mindset.There are millions of black africans who has integrity and wisdom,and that is something this fat idiot and his equally stupid followers lack.

      Martin De Lange - 2013-07-28 08:16

      @Nyika - anyone that thinks Malema's statements through and really understand what he is trying to say and how his future South Africa will work cannot vote for him. For instance, if you take all the land, are you going to take the debt that comes with that land? If so, are you going to pay for it? How are you going to pay for it? If you are not going to pay the debt, do you wish all the banks to be bankrupt? If you wish the banks to go bankrupt, how are you going to run the country's economy? Doing any of the wild statements that Malema is making has huge ramifications. If you think about these properly, there is no way you can vote for Malema... This is NOT how whites view blacks, it is common sense. In fact, it is actually a racist comment on your part. Steven did not make ANY mention of race.

  • Victoria Falls Jobs - 2013-07-28 04:00

    a 1000 members in soweto alone, plus the thousands who feel amabhunu have had it too easy in the 'new' south africa. the pan african agenda of the eff means they are relevant and will be a major factor in any future of this country. asijiki!

  • Rocky Bell - 2013-07-28 04:00

    What a effing joke. Equipped For Failure Excessive Fat Fools Essential Function Failure

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-28 09:54

      Everything For Free

  • George Wood - 2013-07-28 04:07

    Meanwhile back in the EFF Command Shack; one, two three, four, a thousand!

      Martin De Lange - 2013-07-28 08:19

      sis! Exactly why people think all whites are racist.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-28 17:07 Martin, gaan skate op die ys....jy's vervelig en oningelig. Eish, party ma se kinners!

      George Wood - 2013-07-28 17:48

      @Martin, how is my comment racist boet? Last time I looked innumeracy and idiocy didn't have a colour! So you're implying only blacks can be innumerate? Sis man, you're the real racist for assuming!

  • Rocky Bell - 2013-07-28 04:11

    As a matter of fact: we need more of these clowns to form new parties. Splitting the anc vote will be in the best interest of South Africa and ALL its people. The "mighty" anc is devouring itself from the inside.

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-07-28 05:12

    Amazing for unexpected number everyday to EFF

  • Sabelo Mcondobi - 2013-07-28 05:20

    Uya ejele

      Thembi Neville - 2013-07-28 05:54

      Ur broda jacob zuma was facing with the arms deal,rape,nkandla renovation,he deserve to be in jail not julius sello malema sorry! Eff is my party braa!!!!!

      Matsilele Matimba Tsl - 2013-07-28 06:29

      Thanks Zulu Boy(Sabelo) Zuma he is going to jail

      Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-07-28 08:00

      Zuma is going to jail,yes yes yes yes!!!,LOL...

  • Dlayani Tivani - 2013-07-28 05:21

    News24 thanks for this Page it keeps Julius Malema's ENEMY always busy .like it or not EFF gaves you somethings to write about .-ASSIJIKI*

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-07-28 05:40

    1000 delusional EFFers! Never expected them to swing towards the DA but surely Ramphele's Agang SA is a better option than Malema if they are sick and tired of the anc's crap. EFF, just more headless chickens running around making a mess with no direction at all!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-28 05:49

    As much as I wouldn't join EFF I agree with Malema that they'll get a whole lot of votes, particularly from the youth. This, however much we do not agree with him or his policies, can only be worrying to the ANC because that's who he's taking votes away from - disillusioned ANC members. The more mature disillusioned ANC members will vote for Agang.

      Sbusiso KaNcube - 2013-07-28 06:59

      Taking away votes from the ANC will be a clear indication that ANC supporters want extremist policies like nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation ,mayeee to those who hate the ANC but thot they are gonna hold to codesa deal wich left them with all their apartheid loot ,

  • Mxeki Maduvula - 2013-07-28 06:08


  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-07-28 06:08

    WHY is Mian Ismaeel,amongst others,allowed to advertise "business" on News24?

  • Thabang Refiloe - 2013-07-28 06:08

    I'l vote for malema bcoz hez bttr dan zuma ..

      Melusi - 2013-07-28 06:31

      vote Malema vote corruption, Zimbabwe situation coming soon watch the space

      Godson Kgaodi - 2013-07-28 07:25

      EFF is going to cause major revolution, which is good, it is welcomed, youth need quality education and jobs not RDP houses and grants and for the record SA wll never be like Zim, NEVER, actually it will be way much better thn it is right now,,come rain, come sunshine, we are not retreating#asijiki

  • Melusi - 2013-07-28 06:28

    Mpumalanga ppl can kill, ok nw Malema is afraid to be killed. He once said he can kill for Zuma. Mpumalanga can kill for Zuma

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-07-28 06:28

    Surely a person with convictions against him for fraud - cheating SARS for instance, should not be allowed to stand for office in any public organization. So much for stopping corruption at the top! Kathy

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-07-28 06:38

    God help this country if EFF should get a seat in Parliament. Malema has got to make up a lot of money that SARS is getting back from his stealing and he will have to try and catch up to Zuma/Showerhead again. Imagine this idiot Malema as a President?

      Martin De Lange - 2013-07-28 08:23

      They will very unfortunately get quite a few. It will not be enough for Malema to be president, but it will be too many.

  • Derrick Chong - 2013-07-28 06:43

    Joe Black, why do you even waste your time explaining to these morons..... uneducated to its core !

  • Thulasizwe Khumalo - 2013-07-28 06:44

    Only the law breakers who are joining this party. How can you join the party of the leader who is corrupt. The man is not cleared. If he goes to jail , who's gonna be the leader , Kenny ? This is a joke to me.

      Steen Phatse - 2013-07-28 06:59

      Why are you so angry,since you are educated dn't you know everybody has a right of choice?

      Lindokuhle Gumede - 2013-07-28 07:18

      Which Court of law has found him guilty of corruption?

      Dlayani Tivani - 2013-07-28 07:22

      Your President ,Zuma is not clean also Oubuti .EFF is here to stay don't be angry Khumalo .

      Pazo Manana Thaetsi - 2013-07-28 07:24

      As if the is no corruption in the ANC what about the things Zuma did and he's still getting second term, so to me if our president can be corrupt the hole nation its possible to be corrupt. They learn from the best...

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-07-28 07:40

      Aoo shame Khumalo..this is mzansi and EFF is here to stay...

      Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-07-28 07:53

      Khumalo is ANC not corrupt????,ANC is the most corrupt party in SA,shame on you Khumalo!!!,any party goes except Zuma-ANC,viva change viva!!!!

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-07-28 08:44

      You just commented in Khumalo comment without reading it,,he didn't said he is the ANC member,,,and yes Zuma is not clean,he is corrupt but tell me who pushed Zuma to be the President? Isn't that Malema? Yes is him,,he used poor people to vote zuma in and push out Mbeki,,and now is using the same poor people to make his way back to politics,

  • Ntani Daniel Mothiba - 2013-07-28 06:56

    tht malema's party is going 2 b crushed lyk Cope

      Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-07-28 07:45

      Wait and see!!!!

  • Krzysztof Lapacz - 2013-07-28 07:02

    is this the 1000 that escaped from the libyan prison in the other news story?

      Maurice Shilubane - 2013-07-28 07:38

      The answer is 'no'

      Rocky Bell - 2013-07-28 09:53

      ..can only be........all criminals are welcome!