Around 15,000 people gathered in Marikana on Sunday for the official national launch of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters. Malema was at his best, weaving insults to his former ANC comrades with humour and calls for a radical transformation of the economy.
He has visited the Marikana community many times after last year's massacre and now hopes to reap the political benefits: the party announced it would first target North West in its quest to rule the country. By THAPELO LEKGOWA & GREG NICOLSON.
"A different baby is born today, a giant," said Malema, painting a picture from a political/sci-fi/horror flick, "A child that walks immediately, the baby that fights for your living wage. You must be afraid of that child."
He spoke largely on the disparities associated with race and wealth. "You killed people when you took the land that was the price we were willing to pay. We cannot pay you for killing our people," he told the crowd, clad in EFF's signature red berets.
"When you took the land you committed black genocide [... ] We are not threatening you with white genocide. We will never commit a white genocide, unlike you when you committed a black...