ANC is not pro-poor, says Malema

Jun 11 2013 21:00
Cape Town - Poverty, unemployment and inequalities will worsen under the leadership of the ANC, said Julius Malema in a statement on Tuesday.

The expelled ANC Youth League leader established a new political formation called the Economic Freedom Fighters with the view to forming a political party.

The formation intends on holding consultative forums across the country.

These meetings aim to discuss issues such as the redistribution of land and the nationalisation of mines and banks.

"The ANC is committed to a right-wing, neo-liberal and capitalist agenda which has kept majority of our people on the margins of South Africa's economy," Malema said in the statement.

It also labelled the National Development Plan as a "neo-liberal, right-wing and reactionary policy framework" and said it will worsen South Africa's socio-economic problems.

Earlier on Tuesday, Malema said that the movement is not related to his expulsion from the ANC.

"It is not about me, it's about the struggle for economic freedom," said Malema in an SABC radio interview, while expressing no confidence in the leadership of the ANC.

The group already established an online presence. It has a Facebook profile and posted the following status update:

"No surrender! No retreat! Comrades we have three options:

1) To sit and watch the ANC being destroyed with the hope that something positive will come in the immediate future, or
2) To start a political movement that does not contest the ANC but champions Economic Freedom struggles, or
3) To form a political movement that contests against the ANC in the general elections.

The twitter biography of the movement states that it is a platform for Economic Freedom Fighters to champion radical economic policies in South Africa.

 - Fin24

Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

ndp  |  anc  |  julius malema  |  politics



Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're Talking About...

Savings Month

It's never too late to start saving. Visit our special issue and add your voice.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Have you experience a sudden depletion in data before?

Previous results · Suggest a vote