South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, addressed a packed 56,000-capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, expressing his commitment to Palestine and Russia.
He criticized Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for being a “warlord” and claiming that the people of Palestine want their self-determination.
The EFF is popular among disenchanted South Africans, particularly the youth, due to its radical policies, including the expropriation of white-owned land and the nationalisation of mines and banks. Malema, a former ANC youth leader, is among the ruling party’s staunchest critics and an outspoken lawmaker.
The party garnered 10% of the national vote in the 2019 elections, becoming the third largest opposition party.
Malema promised to stop power blackouts, create jobs through social housing and road infrastructure, jail politicians and public servants implicated in corruption, and introduce incentives for police to fight crime. The date for this year’s general elections is yet to be announced.