ANC & DA up in arms over Malema “barrel of a gun” comments


The African National Congress (ANC) has threatened to take legal actions against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, following his remarks that the party are prepared to take up arms in removing government.

In interview with Aljazeera broadcasted on Sunday, Malema stated that the EFF are running out of patience with government and are prepared “to remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

“We are not going to stand back. We are not scared of the army we are not scared to fight. We will fight, literally we will fight. I mean it literally, we are not scared,” Eyewitness News quoted him as saying.

Speaking in a statement, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Malema’s remarks were not only deeply concerning, but amounted to treason and should be “treated with extreme seriousness”.

“These reckless utterances display a shocking lack of judgment on the part of the leadership of the EFF who have a duty, together with all political parties, to ensure their membership abides with the laws of the land,” Kodwa said.

“The remarks made by Mr. Malema are a clear incitement to people to commit acts of violence, which is against the laws of the Republic. We call on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct”.

In a similar reaction, Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson and Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile van Damme, said Malema’s comments should be viewed as an “incitement of violence”, adding that it “proves yet again that the EFF cannot be trusted by South Africans to defend our hard-won freedom”.

“The EFF is a violent party that will stop at nothing to gain power. It is indeed true that agree that the ANC is no longer the party of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Albert Luthuli. But violence is not the solution,” van Damme said.

“Those who fought against Apartheid provided us with a powerful and peaceful way to remove a government that doesn’t care for the people: the ballot box”.