Leader Julius Malema has branded himself commander-in-chief of imaginary forces or combatants. He is well known for hurling insults, dating from the time he was the ANC Youth League leader. The ANCYL is dealing with huge legal bills as a consequence of Malema’s indiscriminate insults.
Recently,AfriForum won a hate speech case against the EFF. The court ordered the EFF to pay it more than R100 000. AfriForum recently threatened to attach the property of the red berets for not honouring the court order. The EFF pretends the court ruling does not affect them.
Professor Anton Harber and Thandeka Gqubule have taken the EFF to court over offensive comments it made suggesting the two respected journalists were apartheid-era Stratcom spies. Harber and Gqubule want the courts to compel the EFF to retract its statements.
The EFF accused former finance minister Trevor Manuel of nepotism. It said Manuel was related to the recently appointed South African Revenue Services boss. Manuel approached the courts and won the defamation case, with the court ordering that the “revolutionary” EFF pay him R500 000.