“RDP Houses in Orania”: Julius Malema Reiterates EFF’s Stance on Joining GNU

“RDP Houses in Orania”: Julius Malema Reiterates EFF’s Stance on Joining GNU

  • Julius Malema has once again spoken strongly about his party's national unity government (GNU) conditions
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader's utterances come as yet another party joins the broad coalition government
  • Malema said among the terms for the EFF to join, the DA and VF+ could not form part of the GNU
  • Malema's post attracted much fanfare as eager netizens shared their thoughts on his latest statement
EFF leader Julius Malema stresses terms of joining GNU
EFF leader Julius Malema is unmoved on the conditions under which his party would join the national unity government. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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JOHANNESBURG — Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has reiterated his party's position on participating in the national unity government (GNU).

Malema's utterances come as the Freedom Front Plus (VF+) became the latest political party to join the GNU on Thursday, trailing the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) and Patriotic Alliance (PA) in signing the statement of intent.

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Malema unmoved, VF+ joins GNU

FF+ stated it had initially only supported the idea of a broad coalition government in principle, opposing, among others, the African National Congress's (ANC) black economic empowerment (BEE) policies.

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However, it said it now aimed to contribute to saving South Africa from ruin.

Taking to his @Julius_S_Malema X account, Malema impressed his firm rhetoric on anyone who cared to listen.

He wrote:

"We have made it clear that for us to participate, the [democratic Alliance] DA and VF+ cannot be involved, and we insist on RDP houses in Orania."

The politician was unmoved in his conviction not to work with the two parties, representing white and Afrikaner interests, contrary to the EFF's left-wing to far-right and pan-Africanist ideologies.

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His insistence on subsidised housing in the Afrikaner nationalist town of Orania could be seen as a jest.

Politically woke air their views

Netizens who had their eyes peeled for Malema's post wasted no time going to the comments to air their views and cackles.

The post attracted more than 467,000 views, almost 8000 likes, 2000 reposts and over 1100 comments.

Briefly News takes a look at some reactions below.

@GodPenuel said:

"It was better when the EFF was asking for Ramaphosa [to go] and for Floyd to be finance minister. This is not just screaming that they refuse to join. Orania is private property. That's like the VF+ demanding RDPs [in] Malema's yard."

@Nduuh_Masondo guffawed:

"RDP houses in Orania."

@SAbdishakur offered:

"Mr president, I’m not from SA, but you’re my hero, sir!"

@TheAnonymous_ZA said:

"Julius doesn't have the option to enter the GNU. He pretends he does, but his handlers aren't welcome and have been locked out."

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UDM accepts national unity government invitation

In related news, Briefly News reported that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) became one of the latest parties to join the government of national unity.

The @MDNnewss X page showed UDM leader Bantu Holomisa's email to African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula.

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Tshepiso Mametela Tshepiso Mametela is a seasoned journalist with eight years of experience writing for online and print publications. He is an evening/weekend editor at Briefly News. He was a general news reporter for The Herald, a senior sports contributor at Opera News SA, and a reporter for Caxton Local Media’s Bedfordview and Edenvale News and Joburg East Express community titles. He has attended media workshops, including the crime and court reporting one by the Wits Justice Project and Wits Centre for Journalism in 2024. He was a member of the Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) from 2018 to 2020.