AFRICANGLOBE – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday drew comparisons between the Nazis and Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters.
“(Adolf) Hitler used brown shirts to mobilise people,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.
“The Nazis didn’t start by killing Jews, they started by making promises.”
The EFF has started wearing red overalls and domestic worker attire in legislatures across the country. This resulted in clashes between the party and the Gauteng legislature last week after they were told the workwear which included the word “Asijiki” (we won’t go back) on the back is not appropriate for the legislature.
Mantashe said the EFF was trying to sound revolutionary but its words were hollow.
The emerging trend was worrying and it could undermine democracy.
Mantashe was briefing media following an ANC national working committee meeting held on Monday.
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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is planning a mass action big enough to shut down businesses in Johannesburg when his supporters return to protest against the ban on overalls in the Gauteng legislature. Malema’s planned protest will make tomorrow’s rally look like a picnic in the park.
In an interview with the newspaper, Malema stated how influential his party had become in a year.
He went on to say that the EFF is planning another march on the legislature — which would see about 50,000 EFF members attend.
He said: “We will shut down business in this Johannesburg. Once business in Johannesburg is shut down, it means business in the whole of Africa has stopped.”
Meanwhile, Malema addressed thousands of supporters on Saturday at Thokoza Park in Soweto.
They had gathered to celebrate the party’s one year anniversary.
In his address he said that although the EFF was only a year old it was already playing in the big leagues with opponents who had extensive experience.
Malema then chastised the African National Congress.
He said certain leaders of the ANC would not be remembered for the work they did for the public when they died.
“Even if they die, there is nothing you will remember about them except that they were making babies,” said Malema.
He said the formation of the EFF had shaken the political landscape in the country and the ANC was feeling the pressure being exerted by the organisation.
“The ruling party is scared because they understand the message of the EFF,” he said.
Malema said when the organisation was started, people were saying it was a Mickey Mouse venture and it would die out but they proved the naysayers wrong.
“ . . . Now you can’t listen to the media without the mention of the EFF. That is because EFF is a giant,” Malema said.
He then lashed out at those attacking the party’s regalia of overalls and domestic worker uniforms.
He said people should not be concerned about their attire but rather focus on the ideologies brought forward.
Julius Malema Speech In Parliament Addressing The SONA 2014