Malema: Resolve overall issue, or else...

Cape Town - EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday vowed to shut down central Johannesburg with a protest against the Gauteng legislature's decision to bar his party's members from wearing their red uniforms.

"We are taking them to court as well, but we are going to organise another march to Gauteng of not less than 50 000 people because we think we need to teach them a lesson," Malema told reporters at Parliament.

"That thing they did in Gauteng was a coup of a special type."

Malema was referring to police forcibly removing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members from the Gauteng legislature on 1 July. They refused to leave when speaker Ntombi Mekgwe deemed their red overalls, with the word "Asijiki" (we will not retreat) printed on them, unparliamentary.

On 22 July, hundreds of EFF members stormed the legislature, causing thousands of rands in damage, demanding to hand a memorandum to Mekgwe.

"We'll try the court, but we'll also continue to use the power of the masses," Malema said.

"If we go wearing red suits, they are going to pass a law or a rule that says red suits are not welcome. If we allow it with overalls, they going to do it with something else just to keep you outside the house."

Malema said he was not concerned about police denying them permission to march in the Johannesburg city centre because of the violence on 22 July.

"We are going to march in Gauteng with or without permission," he said.

"Police, if they know what's good for them, they will have to come plan with us. They shouldn't be surprised one day to wake up with 50 000 people in Johannesburg."

Malema said the party was still putting together a budget for transporting thousands of its supporters to Johannesburg.

A date for the march would be announced once this was done.

"We are going to shut down business on that day. That Johannesburg will not be functional," he said.

"If the ANC knows what's good for the business of Johannesburg, and the country, and the continent, it will have to resolve the issue of overalls."

Made-In SA 2014-07-31 05:25:59 PM
Malema is not a democrat,he is a dictator.He does not believe in the politics of the ballot,he believe in the politics of the street.Just like Hitler did.
Koos Khoisan 2014-07-31 05:28:45 PM
Oh this fat farting boy is really pushing it too far now.
Kevern Upton 2014-07-31 05:29:57 PM
Wow, now red overalls have become "red uniforms" lol, seriously though, Malemma, why don't you take them to task over Etolls rather?
Zuko Honourable Vice 2014-07-31 05:30:14 PM
ah man going to court over overall issues like reali
Johan Steyn265 2014-07-31 05:32:44 PM
Till you and your brainless followers die then you want to cry haven't you learned anything from marikana whatever you do you are not invisible! I hope police takes this as a threat to public safety and use live amo!
Janine Filmer 2014-07-31 05:32:54 PM
Sounds very much like a threat to me. He's really pushing his luck.
Lwandile 2014-07-31 05:34:48 PM
Who cares what one wears in parliament? I've seen people wearing suits doing stupid things. Anyway clothes is just an attire and does not mean one is honourable just because he wore a suit.
Jamill Ahmed 2014-07-31 05:35:35 PM
Can we not have a break from this toddler throwing tantrums. who has daddy zumas number?? to give this toddler a good spanking enough of this toddler throwing his toys out of his cot
Theo Martinez 2014-07-31 05:36:21 PM
More signs and examples that the EFF is not about content, policy or practical approaches to this nation's massive needs and issues. Just spin, PR, campaign chaos to get in the news. They have indeed learned wellf rom the ANC parents.
Pat Aldrich 2014-07-31 05:37:51 PM
Overwhellmning force use live ammo