Economic Freedom Fighters, also known as “red radicals,” have raised their angry voices in Johannesburg on a quest to take the power back from corrupt government officials. In the eyes of those passionately supporting the Economic Freedom Fighters, Commander in Chief Julius Malema is paving the way for social and monetary reform for South Africans, which seems to raise the bar for revolution and dissent.
Julius Malema has been called a “modern-day Hitler” by Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela. However, the Economic Freedom Fighters have been successful in raising questions about certain harsh tax policies which have apparently allowed South African President Jacob Zuma to extort money from taxpayers to pay for his own home security.
Taxpayer money used for President Jacob Zuma’s lavish home security has reached $24 million. This is money that should have been used for research studies, schools and advancements needed to propel success in the region. Remnants of apartheid linger on the surface and unemployment is notched at 25 percent.
Julius Malema believes in liberating the poor. The red suits represent worker solidarity as well as uniform resilience for the growing unrest in South Africa. Malema also upholds wealth distribution as a main aim in raising the working class status for South Africans. The history of South Africa details a literal gold mine of innumerable resources that have gained the eyes of international interest over the centuries and has caused economic strife in South Africa.
Additionally, Malema is slowly rising to the occasion of being heralded as a South African feminist hero because of his rape survivor support. However, while the Economic Freedom Fighters may serve as a highlight in politics, the disenfranchised along with supporters abroad may be following the herd, rather than watching Economic Freedom Fighter tactics.
Economic Freedom Fighters appear to be positioning themselves as a government in waiting. Stirring controversy in headlines cannot be a denominator in a revolt. Particularly, grandiose acts do not advance individual understanding of the issues. Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters are in turmoil, reaching for a glimmer of hope. Followers of the notorious Economic Freedom Fighters attribute Malema with propelling the wheels of a South African revival into motion; in their eyes he seems to raise the bar for revolution.
A criminal record of fraud also looms over the head of Malema. Further, while the rhetoric of Malema has provided courageous words, they are lacking in math, statistics and logical conclusions in regards to economics. Still, Malema maintains steady support and working class solidarity is being seen as a recognizable force in South Africa.
Malema illustrates a passionate hatred for white people. In his book, The Coming Revolution: Julius Malema and the Fight for Economic Freedom, Malema anchors blame on white people siphoning the land. White people are placed in a corrosive light of irreversible disease, as well as containing an innate gene for elitism and painted as initiators of capitalism.
After winning a second term as youth leader of the ANC on June 17, 2011, Malema outlined ambitious plans to nationalize the financial sector, which would in turn block out foreign investors and cause job opportunities to dwindle. The Economic Freedom Fighters continually advocate for nationalizing mines and land, which could lead to more job loss.
Saturated dreams of an improving South Africa mark the lives of people living within the confines of political corruption. On the surface, Economic Freedom Fighters seem to have good will for South Africa, but the bar for revolution currently remains at a standstill. The Economic Freedom Fighters serve as a temporary solution; leaders to cling to in response to an emotional upheaval of trusted elites permeating deceit.
By Jordan Davis