Julius Sello Malema is the Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which he founded in July 2013. He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. Here are top 30 things you probably didn’t know about him.
13. Joined politics at the age of Nine.
He joined the African National Congress’s Masupatsela at the age of nine. His main task at the time, was to remove National Party posters.
12. Political Judas.
Malema previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. He was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012. After using ANC to build his political career, he betrayed the party that made him what he is today by using his in depth knowledge of the ANC against them.
Julius Malema was convicted of hate speech in March 2010 and again in September 2011. He said “South Africa is for blacks only”.
10. Mama winnie’s Ben 10.
Malema and Winnie Mandela have been seen many times expressing their affection for each other by kissing publicly. ”NOTE” I am not saying there is anything wrong in that.
9. Fraud and money-laundering.
In September 2012 he was charged with fraud and money-laundering. He appeared before the Polokwane Magistrate Court in November 2012 to face these charges, plus an additional charge of racketeering.
8. Nigerian visit to ‘Prophet’ T.B. Joshua for ‘spiritual blessings‘
Malema visited Nigeria to meet with ‘Prophet’ T.B. Joshua for ‘spiritual blessings’ in August 2013. He was accompanied by some EFF members. The visit elicited controversy and media attention.
7. Raised by Poor single mum.
His mother was a domestic worker and a single parent.
6. A dictator.
Malema has been described as a proponent of an “emerging fascism in South Africa.” Mamphela Ramphele expressed similar views of Malema. His political mentor is Robert Mugabe. He ordered EFF councillors to hand in more than half of their three months Salaries to cover election spendings.
5. Money laundering and tax evasion charges.
On 26 September 2012, Malema was charged with money laundering, relating to his awarding of lucrative government contracts in Limpopo in return for an alleged 4 million rand in kickbacks.
After a hearing at the court in Polokwane, he was granted bail of 10,000 rand. Malema is facing charges of tax evasion in the amount of R16-million after it was revealed that he was linked to companies that obtained other lucrative contracts from the Limpopo government.
4. ANC Discipline of Malema.
On 18 April 2010, it was reported that Malema faced disciplinary procedures by the ANC for bringing it and the government into disrepute. The charges related to :
- Malema’s endorsement of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party during his visit to Zimbabwe, at a time when President Zuma was trying to broker a negotiated settlement in the country.
- A controversial incident between Malema and a BBC journalist.
- Malema’s comments on the murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche.
- Malema’s unfavorable comparison of Zuma to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki, after Zuma called a press conference reprimanding Malema.
3. Debt owed to SARS.
In February 2013 it was reported that Malema’s property would be auctioned off to pay a R16.1 million debt he owed the South African Revenue Service (SARS) after he failed to meet payment deadlines for unpaid taxes. Malema entered into a further deal with SARS to pay back the money which collapsed in March 2015.
2. Nationalisation and land redistribution.
Malema became a vocal advocate of nationalising South African mines. At a public meeting at the University of Western Cape, Malema asked: “Why should we pay for our land? At a 16 June Youth Day celebration, Malema accused white South Africans of “stealing land” and again advocated for the redistribution of land without compensation. He said whites had committed murder to get land. “He said the youths in South Africa were calling for whites to surrender land and minerals resources they hold because when they came from Europe they did not carry any land into South Africa.”
As a MP Malema is paid R101‚885 (equivalent to US$ 6,500) a month.