Johannesburg: The Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to Facebook to call the report ‘utter rubbish’ and also its Deputy Secretary Hlengiwe Hlophe –Maxon describing the reports by Sunday Times as disturbing and malicious.
The Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson wrote “ Mama Winnie’s last words on the matter CIC Malema returning to the ANC was that after seen we did in parliament, she now understands that EFF must exists! (sic) So there are no talks of joining EFF and ANC. We are on our own and we will defeat the compromised , corrupt bunch of kleptomanics” he wrote.
While the party’s Deputy Secretary Hlengiwe Hlophe-Maxon told the Johannesburg television station that Sunday Times claims are unfounded disturbing distorted news that lacks credibility. Some argue that Winnie Madikizela Mandela brought Julius Malema and some ANC leaders together as they have been publicly calling for him to return home.
The call for Malema to return back to the ANC has been described as tactful strategy by the ruling party to try to destabilize the EFF, while some view it as desperate move which indicates they are skeptical about the 2019 general election.
The recent passing of Madikizela Mandela saw the ANC and EFF sharing a stage as speakers which has never happened before in the history of country’s democracy. Some also applauded Cyril Ramaphosa response about the issue of Marikana as matured , showing remorse and accountability.
Some continue to praise Ramaphosa’s approach to EFF as unifier , someone who is willing to listen to the opposition for the betterment of all people of the country. This approach by Ramaphosa is described as the one that South African’s always needed unlike of his predecessor Jacob Zuma who didn’t listen to cries of opposition parties.
Some analysts that it is unlikely that Malema will return to the ANC given that his party has demonstrated to be a threat and also enjoy large support particularly form young people which have crippled the ANC Youth League which is regarded as lacking substance.