EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu came out to defend the party’s leader Julius Malema over comments he made during an interview with Al Jazeera.
This is after Malema told Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull that if the ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, the EFF “will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.
This comments were met with widespread condemnation, with the ANC labeling the remarks as treasonous and inflammatory.
Mpofu tweeted: “a government with no intentions to shoot peaceful protesters should care less about what might happen if it shoots peaceful protesters…”
He further said “the DA & ANC don’t understand that when I say ‘If you rape my daughter I will kill you’ only a would-be rapist will feel personally threatened!”.
The ANC laid a charge of high treason against Malema following his controversial remarks.
The party’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said: “We have opened a case of high treason against Julius Malema in his personal capacity as well as the EFF, following his reckless comments about being prepared to remove a democratically elected government using undemocratic means and force.”