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Sunday April 24 2016

South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighter ( EFF) opposition leader Julius Malema addresses his supporters after his corruption trial was postponed on August 3, 2015 outside the High Court in Polokwane, South Africa. Last year, EFF lawmakers were expelled from the assembly when by security guards after fights broke out. PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN | AFP

South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighter ( EFF) opposition leader Julius Malema addresses his supporters after his corruption trial was postponed on August 3, 2015 outside the High Court in Polokwane, South Africa. Last year, EFF lawmakers were expelled from the assembly when by security guards after fights broke out. PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN | AFP 

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JOHANNESBURG, Saturday

The firebrand head of South Africa’s radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has warned he could seek to remove the government “through the barrel of a gun.”

“We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight,” he told the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera network in an interview.

Asked by the interviewer if that meant he was ready to take up arms, Malema said “Yeah, literally I mean it literally. We are not scared...

“We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through a barrel of a gun”.

The EFF has been demanding the removal of President Jacob Zuma for several months, accusing him of corruption.

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Late last month, South Africa’s constitutional court ruled that Zuma violated the constitution in using public funds to upgrade his private residence and said he must repay the money.

EFF deputies regularly disrupt parliamentary sessions, sometimes shouting anti-Zuma slogans.

Last year, EFF lawmakers were expelled from the assembly when by security guards after fights broke out.