AFRICANGLOBE – Julius Malema was described by Jacob Zuma and the former Premier of Limpopo Province Cassel Mathale as the “future leader” of South Africa. Some would say that he was identified as a threat to Jacom Zuma’s second term in office, which eventually led to his expulsion from African National Congress (ANC).
Jacom Zuma was re-elected at the ANC’s conference held in Mangaung which cemented the possibility of Julius Malema’s return to ANC as history, the political organisation that he had served from an early age.
Political scientist Dirk Kotze described Julius Malema’s expulsion as: “I think it will be the end of his political career, at least for the foreseeable future,”.
After several attempts, to return to ANC, Julius Malema and his company decided to form a political party called Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF as it is widely known.
EFF showed massive growth in membership during the past couple of months. EFF was born to continue with the ideas which Julius Malema and former ANC youth league members stood for.
The party was officially launched in October 2013. Since its launch EFF showed massive growth in membership during the past couple of months. In January 2014 the Economic Freedom Fighters’ membership was announced as over 400,000.
The party continues to grow in membership, this can be witness by the recent numbers that turned out at its elections manifesto launch in Tembisa. It is estimated that more than 50,000 people attended the elections manifesto launch. Political analysts say that the ANC is going into the 2014 elections as the most weakened ANC of all times.
Reports also indicate that the death of the former president Nelson Mandela added the blow to the ANC’s 2014 national elections campaign.
In the previous elections, ANC had also breakaway COPE which also drew away some support from the ruling party. It had also DA to worry about, but in 2014 elections, there’s a new kid on the block EFF, adding more sleepless nights to the African National Congress.
If the matter of Julius Malema was handled differently then, ANC would not have been worrying as it is believed that they are, going to the 2014 elections. The slogan that the “ANC will rule until the return of Jesus”, is going to be tested in 2014 elections.
Julius Malema: Most Popular SA Politician On Social Media
ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has more Twitter followers than official opposition leader Helen Zille, a study by digital media company Apurimac Media has found.
CE Will Green said on Tuesday that social media offered politicians insight into how their political campaigns were being received by online audiences ahead of the May 7 general elections.
“With 2014 being South Africa’s ‘first digital’ election, it is interesting to see how (parties) and party leaders stack up against each other,” he said.
Among party leaders, Mr Malema had the most Twitter followers at 426,755, followed by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Ms Zille, who had 391,811.
African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma had 314,149 Twitter followers, while Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele had 40,066.
Between March 8 and 14 this year, Ms Zille gained just more than 3,000 Twitter followers, while Mr Malema gained 3,000 and Mr Zuma 1,000.
In that week, Mr Zuma did not tweet, Mr Malema posted 13 tweets, Dr Ramphele tweeted nine times and Ms Zille 43 times.
There are a number of Twitter accounts for Mr Malema, including official, news and parody accounts.
The study also found Ms Zille had an “engaged” Facebook audience, with 6,463 users “talking” about the comments she posted, compared with Mr Malema’s 142 and Dr Ramphele’s two. No one was talking about Mr Zuma on Facebook during the week of the study.
In terms of Facebook “likes”, Mr Malema led the pack with 79,700, Mr Zuma had 38,776, Dr Ramphele had 2,496 and Ms Zille had none, as she lacked a dedicated Facebook topic page.
By political party, the study found the DA had the most Facebook friends, at 71,377, the EFF had 64,477 and the ANC 58,176.
By: Daniel Ralefatane