Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, has described as charlatans and opportunists those suggesting that the unrest that shook the country over the past two weeks was an insurrection. 

Violence erupted in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng a fortnight ago, with protesters looting malls and blockading some roads connecting the country’s two economic hubs.

Government had said the unrest was deliberate, well-planned and coordinated attempt to distabilise the country.

However, addressing his party’s 8th anniversary on Monday, Malema said people were only protesting for a better life and not wanting to overthrow the government.

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Over 350 people have lost their lives in the violence and President Cyril Ramaphosa has said all the masterminds behind the violence would be arrested soon.

The unrest came not long after the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.

Malema has told SABC News that seeing the the former president going to jail broke his heart.

Malema once led the charge for Zuma’s removal as head of state and called for his arrest.

But speaking in an exclusive interview with SABC News, Malema said Zuma’s arrest was painful to watch.

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The EFF is South Africa’s third biggest political party, with at least 44 Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.