- Julius Malema is one of the most famous politicans in the country, which is not always a good thing
- Most recently, AfriForum announced it would prosecute the EFF leader on fraud charges
- But, he and his followers fully believe he is more than ready to face any challenge thrown at him
He is one of the most prominent politicians in the country and he is not without some controversies surrounding him. In fact, he is facing alleged fraud charges.
So, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at the man, who just can't seem to stay out of trouble.
Born Julius Sello Malema in Seshego, Transvaal Province, he was raised by a single mother, who worked as a domestic worker.
Juju, a Mopedi, joined the ANC's Masupatsela at the an early age, reports suggest he was either nine or 10 at the time.
The EFF leader matriculated from Mohlakaneng High School, and in 2010 he graduated from UNISA with a diploma in in youth development. However, he did not stop there.
The 37-year-old then enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and African Languages, and although it took him five years to complete, he graduated in 2016.
However, his political career started even before he received his first diploma. In 2008, Juju was elected the ANCYL leader, beating Saki Mofokeng for the position.
His political career at the ANC was marked with controversies. In 2011, he was convicted of hate speech over the "kill the boer" song he sang.
Only months later, in April 2012, Malema was expelled from the ANC. After failing to overturn his expulsion, Malema started his own political party- the Economic Freedom Fighters- in 2013.
Within only a year, the EFF managed to become the third largest party in the country. They have been characterised by their conduct both in Parliament and outside, and many feel their behaviour was a necessary measure to get things done.
Although South Africans are divided over Juju, his supporters fully believe he was born to lead the country.
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