Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has reiterated his claim that he’s “in charge.”
Malema first made the claim during his response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Tuesday.
In a tweet on Thursday, he wrote, “I led all these envious fools before and when I left, they didn’t know what to do. To this day, they still don’t know what to do. They remain in a permanent state of disarray. I’m in charge!!!”
Response to Lamola, Mamabolo
The EFF leader was seemingly reacting to African National Congress (ANC) MP Boy Mamabolo and Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola’s diatribes against him in Parliament.
Mamabolo was an ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader in Limpopo when Malema was ANCYL President. Lamola also served as Malema’s Deputy President before the latter was expelled from the ANC in 2012.
Mamabolo sparked a row with Malema on Tuesday when he asked the EFF leader if he was abusing his wife Mantoa Matlala-Malema.
Malema and his wife subsequently asked Mamabolo to retract and apologise for his claims or face separate defamation lawsuits of R1 million each.
‘The people are in charge’
However, in a tweet on Wednesday, Mamabolo insisted, “I will NOT retract/withdraw any statement made in Parliament yesterday because there [are] facts and evidence to all these matters…..bring it on. Let’s meet in court.”
In his SONA reply speech on Wednesday, Lamola also took on Malema, arguing that Malema is not in charge – the people are.
He said, “Honourable Malema stood here and held a spectacular monologue in full view of South Africans. In his monologue, he seems to think that he’s in charge and that the world revolves around him.
“This is just a figment of his imagination of his militarised world. You cannot be in charge in a democracy – the people are in charge.”
During the prolonged row on Tuesday, Malema was under pressure to respond to Mamabolo’s question immediately.
However, he responded, “No one is going to tell me what to do and at what time. I’m in charge. That’s why these fools are running around here; I’m in charge.”
Malema’s tweet on Thursday may also be referring to the current state of the ANCYL, which was disbanded in 2013 just months after his expulsion from the ANC.
Since then, the ANC has set up several task teams in an attempt to revive it despite the election of Collen Maine as its President in 2015.
The ANC National Youth Task Team (NYTT) established last year is also beset by infighting. The ANC recently rejected the resignation of NYTT Co-ordinator Sibongile Besani.
The NYTT is organising a conference scheduled for end of March to elect a new ANCYL national leadership.