Economic Freedom Fighters were taken by surprise when their commander in chief, Julius Malema revealed that he is considering stepping down as the party's president.
Malema who is currently deputised by Floyd Shivambu formed the Economic Freedom Fighters as a political party eight years ago along with other leaders such as Andile Mngxitama who is no longer part of the movement after he was expelled for fighting with Shivambu and Malema.
Although Julius Malema was expelled from the African National Congress, Floyd Shivambu was not, but he left ANC on his own will as he wanted to tag along with his long time comrade who had failed to get his expulsion lifted so he could remain a member of the ANC.
EFF as a radical economic movement which believes in the expropriation of land without compensation remains unapologetic about its stance eight years after its formation.
Julius Malema has been the president since the formation of the EFF and after several speculations of whether or not he will step aside and pave way for others to lead, people finally heard it from the horse's mouth.
The red beret leader said he is going to step aside so that others can as well take the button and continue with the race.
This came as great news to those who were beginning to think that Julius Malema is a dictator who will lead the EFF forever, while leaders in other positions such as the secretary general, treasurer general, spokesperson, chairperson are changed constantly during their elections.
It is however not going to happen any time sooner, as Julius Malema said he will only step aside when he turns 55 years. He is currently 40 years old meaning that he still have 15 more years to lead the red berets before he can step down.
The problem which might arise in the future is that he mentioned that if the red berets want him to serve until he finally retires, he will do it. This might cause friction and might end up looking like Malema is exercising dictatorship by not awarding others to lead.
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