19/04/2018 12:52 BST | Updated 19/04/2018 12:54 BST

Shivambu: 'We Knew Economic Emancipation Would Irk Right-Wing Forces And Racists'

AfriForum On Thursday announced it would be pursuing a private prosecution against EFF Leader Julius Malema.

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Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, gestures during a media briefing in Alexandra township near Sandton. August 17, 2016.

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu tweeted his thoughts on AfriForum's plans to prosecute the party's leader, Julius Malema – dismissing the Afrikaner rights group as "right-wing forces and racists".

He said that "the democratic government must protect itself from narrow capture by AfriForum racists".

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was not "moved by AfriForum's empty, anti-black and reactionary threats".

While some supported Malema, others backed AfriForum.

The party claimed that what AfriForum is actually targeting, is its land policies.

"Instead of engaging in a democratic debate and engagement on the land question, AfriForum does what their colonial and apartheid forefathers did to freedom fighters, which is criminal persecution and prosecutions for political reasons," the party alleged.

AfriForum on Thursday announced it would be pursuing a private prosecution against the EFF leader. The organisation's advocate, Gerrie Nel, said that Malema would face charges of corruption and fraud.

The case relates to Malema's On-Point Engineering in Limpopo‚ involving work for the roads department.

In 2012‚ former public protector Thuli Madonsela revealed Malema's involvement in the lucrative roads and bridges tender‚ saying he improperly benefited from the Limpopo government contract.

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