Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng think they are better than their President Jacob Zuma, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Thursday.
“They think they are smarter than Jacob Zuma's collective,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.
Malema said the removal of EFF MPLs from the Gauteng legislature for wearing red overalls bearing a slogan was a sign of an internal battle currently raging within the African National Congress.
“It is an internal political battle more than a battle between the ANC and EFF. They are projecting Zuma as being not so reasonable. This (is) because (in) the National Assembly the ANC accepted overalls and paid attention to the ideological content of debates.”
Malema said people should not look down on workers. He said EFF members would continue wearing their attire to remind those in legislatures of who they represented.
“We are defying colonialist decorum. We are not English-made. We are workers, and we are going to wear those clothes and we are unapologetic about it,” he said.
Malema denied that the EFF was forming a trade union.
"We are not forming a trade union. We are working with Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union). We are encouraging our members to join Amcu."
Malema said the focus was on building and strengthening the EFF, as the party was set to mark one year of existence.
"We have an organisation to focus on, we can't be all over the place."
EFF members were putting pressure on the leadership to form a union, but "we are telling them to relax and focus on building the organisation".
There was room for a trade union movement in the country, which was why Amcu was doing so well in the mining sector, he said. - Sapa