- Julius Malema is refusing to have the EFF's paramilitary outfit disbanded
- The unit, known as the Defender of the Revolution, was involved in a confrontation that led to the hospitalisation of 4 female members of the party
- Malema blasted members of his party who want the unit gone for being ungrateful for what it's done for them
In the early hours of Sunday, 15 December, members of the EFF and its paramilitary outfit, the Defender of the Revolution, got into a heated confrontation.
This led to people getting pepper-sprayed, and four women were rushed to the hospital. Briefly.co.za reported that one of the women had a severe seizure after they were attacked with pepper spray.
Since then, members of the EFF have been asking that the unit be disbanded. However, Malema doesn't want to hear of it, as reported on by IOL News.
The DOR leader, 'The General', has since been removed from the party.
Although the leader of the red berets apologised for what happened, he feels they should be grateful for what they have done for the party.
"You just stand here and say you don’t want DOR, but you are the product of DOR. You come from disruptive conferences that were protected by DOR and you come here and you get excited.
"For us to be here, those people of the DOR had to put their lives at risk and that is how you thank them? You come here and tell us you don’t want them."
This comes shortly after the party was labelled as a cult after members knelt before Malema.
He gave such a moving speech at his party's national conference that members got emotional and started going down on their knees. Many people discussed the alleged cult-like tendencies of the EFF on social media.
Malema has since spoken out about these accusations. He addressed his followers, saying he doesn't want that kind of behaviour from them.
"I never asked you to kneel before. Don’t kneel before me, I don’t like that."
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