South Africa's ANC will sue opposition politician over threat to overthrow President Jabob Zuma's government using a "barrel of a gun"
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced on Monday it would launch proceedings against opposition politician Julius Malema after he threatened to remove President Jacob Zuma's government with the "barrel of a gun".
A threat Malema has justified asserting that the ANC used violence in the past to solve discrepancies evoking the expulsion from parliament of his radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party members after heckling Zuma.
"We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun asserted Malema adding “Part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and we are not ashamed if the need arise for us to take up arms and fight".
The ANC’s response has become quite obvious: "These remarks are a call to violence, are inflammatory, treasonable and seditious and should be treated with extreme seriousness. Said political party has called on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct."
Whereas local government elections will be held on August 3rd in South Africa, the EFF and main opposition Democratic Alliance are expected to threaten the ANC’s power base in large metropolitan areas, including the capital Pretoria.
Headed by Julius Malema, Zuma's one-time protege and former ANC youth leader, the EFF was launched in 2013 and gained six percent of the votes cast in national elections the following year. It intends to reduce white economic power launching a program aimed at nationalizing mines and seizing land.
Its members wear red berets and hard hats but do not carry weapons.
(With Africa Reuters)