Julius Malema celebrates 39th birthday: 5 facts about the EFF leader

Julius Malema celebrates 39th birthday: 5 facts about the EFF leader

Julius Malema is one of South Africa's most prominent leaders and he celebrated 39 years of life on Tuesday.

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In honour of the fiery politician's birthday, Briefly.co.za compiled a list of five facts about his life and career.

1. He's a family man

Juju might be one of Mzansi's most outspoken and fierce politicians, but he's also a devoted husband and doting father.

Every now and then, Malema shares photos of his wifey and kids on his social media pages. From posting pics of his date night with the missus to wishing his sons happy birthday, Malema clearly loves his family above all.

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2. Juju hails from humble beginnings

According to Encyclopædia Britannica, Malema was raised by a domestic worker mother and his gogo in Seshego, Limpopo.

3. An early start in politics

Malema reportedly became involved in politics at the age of nine when he joined the ANC's Masupatsela group.

He officially joined the ANC Youth League in 1994 at the age of 13 and he quickly gained popularity. Soon, a young Malema held local and regional leadership positions in the group.

In April 2008, at the age of 27, Juju was elected the ANC Youth League's president - a position he held until 2011.

4. A love-hate relationship with Jacob Zuma

Believe it or not, Juju was once a devoted uBaba supporter - in fact, he said he would even kill for the former president, a statement that was highly criticised.

Malema showed support for Zuma until 2010 when the former head of state rebuked him over incidents relating to his public support for Robert Mugabe and equally public disparagement of Mugabe’s rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.

At the time, Zuma tried to conciliate the two neighbouring politicians and Juju's actions did not sit well with Msholozi and the ANC.

Malema then turned on his once-beloved leader and began criticising Zuma in public - which led to a disciplinary hearing in which Juju was ordered to apologise in public. He would also be suspended from the party should he repeat his actions in the following two years.

5. The formation of the EFF

Malema did not stick to the plea requirements and he continued with behaviour which the ruling party found disruptive.

In August, 2011, another disciplinary hearing was called after Juju called for the Botswana government to be overthrown and he continued to criticise uBaba.

He was subsequently found guilty and suspended from the ANC and after failed appeals, Malema decided to start his own party.

According to Wikipedia, Malema founded his own party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in July 2013 and he has since acted as the commander in chief.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on how Juju decided to spend his birthday. On Monday, the EFF threw their CIC a pre-birthday bash at the party's headquarters.

However, on the actual day itself, Malema spent the day with his family at a day care centre which the EFF renovated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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