Malema, Julius Sello

Malema, Julius Sello, leader of the is the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party that he founded in July 2013, was born in Seshego on 3 March 1981) Before the establishment of his party he served as President of the African National Congress’s Youth Leauge- from April 2008 to April 2012. Malema was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012.

Malema, nicknamed Juju, was raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic worker in Seshego Township in the Limpopo Province. He attended Mohlakaneng High School in Limpopo where he made repeated attempts to complete his education. After his mother, Florah, died as a result of an epileptic fit, he was raised by his grandmother Sarah.

He joined the ANC’s Masupatsela(Trailblazers), a pioneer movement of the ANC when he was only nine or ten, and at the age of 14 he was elected as both chairperson of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) branch in Seshego and the regional chair in 1995. Two years later (1997), he became the chair of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) for the Limpopo province.

Malema was elected as chairman of the Youth League branch in Seshego and the regional chairman in 1995. In 1997 he became the chairman of theCongress of South African Students (Cosas) for the Limpopo province, and was elected as the national president of thet organisation in 2001. After he was elected into this position it forced him to move to Johannesburg to be close to the national offices of the student movement, which were housed in the ANC’s then headquarters at Shell House

His EFF Party took 25 seats in the National Assembly in the 2014 general election and Malema was sworn in as a member of parliament on 21 May 2014 He is known for his controversial statements and has become a frequent target for caricaturing.