As the nation prepares for local government elections in the midst of a pandemic, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema was trending on Twitter on Wednesday with a video highlighting his party’s tireless spirit to influence the country’s political landscape.

In a video footage shared on the party’s Twitter page, Malema said when EFF demanded that former president Jacob Zuma “pay back the money’’ spent on his Nkandla home, a lot of people said the party was embarrassing and behaved like hooligans.

But since the party’s formation in July 2013, Malema said the EFF had shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with. The party had grown to become the country’s third-largest party and garnered a seize amount of vote in the last local government elections, which propelled it to the status of “kingmaker” in hung municipalities in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

In the 33-second clip, the party leader said “A revolutionary is always ahead of its time. They will join us later like they did when we said ‘pay back the money’. They said, ‘this is so embarrassing, these are hooligans, we’ve never seen anything like that’”.

“Later on, that’s the language they were speaking in their houses when they speak to their husbands and wives, ‘pay back the money’. A language they rejected and said it’s a language of thugs and hooligans and all of that.

Malema said “We don’t need their validation”.

Earlier this month, the EFF called for the local government elections to be postponed due to the number of Covid-19 infections in the country.

Malema said the pandemic had made it impossible for political parties to campaign and engage their constituencies. But this has been rejected by other political parties.