Founder Julius Malema on Monday celebrated the eighth anniversary of his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party with a wide-ranging virtual address that touched on the unrest, vaccines, and counter-revolutionaries in Cuba.
Malema dismissed assertions by the government that the unrest was an attempted insurrection.
He said those who were saying the unrest was an insurrection were “charlatans and opportunists” who had “substituted their brains for hot air”.
The EFF leader blamed the looting on the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which he said had failed the poor.
He likened President Cyril Ramaphosa to King Mswati III of Eswatini and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who have unleashed soldiers on restless civilians instead of providing political leadership,
Malema formed the EFF in July 2013 a year after he was expelled from the ANC where he was the youth league president.
July is a very important month in the history of socialism and socialist progressive forces all over the world, said Malema.
“We send our revolutionary greetings to all the progressive forces,” said the EFF Commander-in-Chief.
“Today we celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the EFF, a revolutionary social mass organisation that was founded by revolutionary activists from all parts of South Africa years ago.”
On Cuba, Malema said: “We are aware that there are attempts to sponsor a counter-revolution in Cuba, and we call on the people of Cuba to resist American imperialism, which for decades has tried to destabilise the Cuban revolution”.
He said July is also important because 100 years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was founded.
Malema said the CCP is currently the world’s most important political organisation, one which will soon lead the world’s biggest economy.
“The global balance of forces will gradually change in favour of progressive socialist force,” claimed Malema.
He has also lambasted the government for not including Chinese Covid-19 vaccines in the available mix.