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October 14, 2013

Economic Freedom Fighters Party reignites debate

Julius Malema's radical left-wing group has South Africans divided over the country's future.

Julius Malema, president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), gestures as he addresses supporters during the official launch of his political party in Marikana, where 34 miners were shot dead by the South African police in August last year, near Rustenberg October 13, 2013. (MUJAHID SAFODIEN/REUTERS)

Thousands of South Africans gathered in Marikana on Sunday for the launch of former ANC official Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF). Malema started the EFF after he was expelled from the African National Congress, where he served as president of its Youth League and was an outspoken supporter of Zuma. The rally took place near a mine where 34 striking workers were shot dead by police last year.