EFF leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
EFF leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has rounded on the politically connected Gupta family, demanding that they leave the country immediately.

The party’s new campaign is targeted squarely at the family, which is close to President Jacob Zuma and his family.

In a media briefing on Thursday, EFF leader Julius Malema barred journalists from the Gupta-owned New Age and ANN7, saying they were no longer welcome at EFF media briefings and events.

"We are not tampering with media freedom — those institutions are products of corruption. That is not media, that is a propaganda machine of a corrupt cartel," Mr Malema said.

He told journalists from these organisations that their safety at EFF events would not be guaranteed, but added that the EFF’s campaign against the Guptas would be "peaceful" and would include "fiscal action" against the family. Mr Malema said the nation "will see" what he means by fiscal action against the family.

Mr Zuma’s state of the nation address is also expected to be a tumultuous one. Mr Malema said unless Mr Zuma began his address by explaining why he removed former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with little known MP Des Van Rooyen, which cost the country billions, the EFF would not allow him to proceed.

"It is him, us and the white shirts," Mr Malema said of the event, to be held next Thursday. The white shirts refer to the security that had physically hauled Mr Malema out of Parliament last year.

The EFF has rejected Mr Zuma’s "settlement proposal" on Nkandla, saying unless a settlement reaffirmed the powers of the public protector, the party would not agree to it.

Mr Malema said Mr Zuma must also admit that he breached his oath of office and violated the Constitution.

Mr Malema spared no one, describing Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan as a puppet of white capital.

Turning to South African Revenue Service boss Tom Moyane, Mr Malema said the tax agency’s commissioner had taken care of Mr Zuma’s children in Mozambique.

"He is Zuma’s nanny," he said after he took the Revenue Service to court this week to prevent them from taking further action against him.