Durban - Several videos of the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema pushing the party’s spokesperson, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, around has ignited a debate about the politician’s temper and perceived bullying tendencies.
As expected, the nation is divided about whether his behavior is befitting that of a leader and family man. We look at the many times Malema publicly displayed abusive behaviour in public. His alleged abusive behavior can be traced back to 2001 while he was a member of the South African Students Congress, through to his years with the ANC and now with his own party.
Walking out during address by Jackson Mthembu
In a video that went viral in 2015, a young Malema is seen telling minister Jackson Mthembu (who was a senior ANC member at that time) to get lost. The video is believed to have been taken in 2001 during a heated meeting between the ANC and SASCO. It was not clear what sparked the response but in the video he defies Mthembu’s plea for order and to sit down. He also refused to budge even when asked by some people who pleaded with him to sit down.