Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Thembinkosi Rawula has joined ActionSA ahead of the crucial elections next year.
ActionSA leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, said Rawula was a dynamic leader who has fought against corruption.
He said there were very few members of political parties in the country who could stand up to their leaders as Rawula did when he was in the EFF.
This was in reference to Rawula after he successfully defended a lawsuit against Malema.
Malema had sued Rawula for R1 million after he accused him and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, of corruption in the party.
Malema went to the High Court, where he lost the defamation case. When he went to the Supreme Court of Appeal, he lost again in 2021.
Rawula was announced as a new member of ActionSA on Monday by Trollip.
Trollip said Rawula has been an activist for many years, and his stance against corruption is unquestionable.
“Mr Rawula has demonstrated in the past that in a country where corruption is on the rise and the rule of law is evidently undermined, we should always stand for what is ethically correct, especially in the presence of potentially compromised individuals.
“Far too often, many South Africans lack the courage to stand up against corruption and other questionable practices out of fear of losing their livelihood and even their lives,” said Trollip.
He said they welcomed Rawula to the party.
But ActionSA will continue to grow over the years, he said.