- The Economic Freedom Fighters have released a statement over an individual who has been masquerading as Julius Malema
- The party revealed that this individual had been attempting to solicit funds from people in the name of the EFF leader
- The Red Berets called on the Department of Home Affairs to take action immediately
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have revealed someone has been attempting to use Julius Malema's identity to solicit money.
In a statement issued over this discovery, the Red Berets explained how this person had achieved this crime:
"The individual uses a falsified passport with the name of CIC Julius Malema, with an old picture of the CIC, his birth date and an incorrect identity number. The person contacts people with an email email@example.com and attempts to solicit money under the CIC's name. He recently contacted a businessman in Germany to solicit money and in his introduction, he identified himself as Julius Malema."
The Red Berets voiced concerns over the possible fallout this brazen act of identity fraud could have, explaining:
"The negative consequences this can have on CIC Julius Malema's reputation, his security and the security of his family are immense and we are concerned that this individual has been operating under the falsified identity of the CIC since 2015."
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The party urged anyone who could have any information on this matter to reach out to them, continuing that:
"We urge anyone who has information and anyone who has been contacted by this individual to contact us through our official platforms. We further urge members of the public to ignore requests for assistance from unidentifiable individuals, in order to avoid being defrauded by people masquerading as the EFF party leader."
The party further called on the Department of Home Affairs to urgently act on the matter, saying it has gone on for too long:
"We call on the Department of Home Affairs to urgently act on the matter. The individual cannot be allowed to continue to misuse the identity of the CIC without consequence. It is dangerous illegality that has gone on too long."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the party condemned provincial legislature after members were booted out of the state of the province address in the Eastern Cape due to their trademark red overalls.
In a statement responding to the incident, the EFF condemned the 'foolish' reason given for their removal:
"The EFF caucus in the Eastern Cape was met with the brutality of unidentifiable security personnel when it raised issues pertaining to the governance of the province. The most foolish reason was used to run away from accountability by the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature was an objection to the attire of the EFF, being the red overalls."
The Red Berets slammed what it felt was an attempt to target the party and flee accountability:
"There seems to be a deliberate attempt to target members of the EFF and do to them what the ruling party failed to do at the State of the Nation Address. This is to victimise EFF caucus members for attempting to hold the ruling governments in provinces accountable. It is regimes of fascists who use violence against the opposition in order to escape questions on their governance capacity."
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