- Julius Malema delivered a fiery press briefing on Tuesday
- In it, he said that he condones violence by EFF members as long as someone else provoked them
- He also said he would take up arms to defend the EFF's "revolution" if necessary
EFF leader Julius Malema has said that condones violence committed by members of his party "if violence is committed against them first".
He made the remarks during a press briefing on Tuesday.
Malema is known for his fiery rhetoric, but his comments at the press conference were particularly incendiary.
Malema announced that the EFF would not be voting with the DA any more due to reports that the DA-led Cape Town government intends to fine homeless people for violating by-laws.
The EFF leader called this an "extremely stupid statement" from the DA, but added that the Red Berets would not be voting with the ANC either.
He continued in this dramatic vein, saying, "We'll do everything can to take over this country." He also said his party was ready to take on anyone who "threatens this revolution", according to The South African.
"If the need arises, we'll take up arms," Malema said.
He also said that the EFF was willing to use violence if necessary, but that it would only use violence in retaliation, never as a first resort.
Malema also appeared to condemn citizens who were reluctant to use violence, saying cryptically, "The black middle class wants to turn us into something shapeless."
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