Updated: March 7, 2021
South Africa’s firebrand leader,, on Sunday warned the minority whites who still control most of the assets in the country to allow blacks at the dinning the table or they will destroy the table.
“White people, all we want is to join you at the dinner table and eat with you,” Malema told thousands of supporters in Soweto’s Orlando Stadium. “If you do not want us to sit with you at the table, then we have no choice but to destroy the table.”
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Malema, a former ANC youth leader who was expelled from the party for criticizing then-president Jacob Zuma,vis now one of the most influential ppoliticians in South Africa.
The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters whose followers wear bright red colors is now described as a potent challenge to the ruling African National Congress.
And as South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday, Malema, 38, who is appealing to South Africa’s youth.
He has repeatedly argued that although blacks returned to power in 1994 with the election of the late charismatic leader Nelson Mandela, the economic power has remained exclusively in the hands of the minority whites, backed by the West.
Malema is having such a huge impact that although the EFF may not win power in the Wednesday elections , the party’s populist stance has pulled the governing ANC to the left.
According to the Associated Press, “as South Africans prepare to vote on Wednesday in what is expected to be a hotly contested national election, the EFF is once again a potential game-changer. Various polls indicate the party may increase its share of the vote to at least 12%, cutting further into the ANC’s support”.
“When a group of rebellious youths broke away from the ANC in 2013, few saw their new party as the beginning of a realignment of the country’s politics.
“But eight months later, the EFF secured 6% of the vote in the 2014 national elections, making it the country’s third biggest political party with 29 representatives in parliament. Two years later in municipal elections the EFF was central to ushering in a new era of coalition politics, exposing the ANC as vulnerable after nearly a quarter-century in power,” AP added.
The EFF members wear red workers’ overalls in parliament to show they represent the interests of South Africa’s working class.
And with shouting, singing and other disruptive antics, the EFF representatives have been thrown out of parliament several times.
The EFF’s militant, rebellious stance in parliament and the courts is partly credited with the removal from office last year of former president Jacob Zuma after persistent allegations of corruption, AP says.