Julius Malema Twitter

Photo: EFF / Twitter

‘I’m back’: Malema returns to Twitter after being temporarily suspended

EFF Leader Julius Malema, who was temporarily suspended from Twitter for his remarks, has now made a comeback.

Julius Malema Twitter

Photo: EFF / Twitter

Twitter can be a cruel place but it also has its policies that it doesn’t often veer off from. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema was temporarily suspended from the platform for violating its rules but only for 12 hours.

It is understood that the platform was having none of Malema’s tweets regarding SANDF soldiers and a war being declared on civilians amid scenes of looting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. 

While it was limited to those two provinces, police said on Tuesday evening that it had also spread to Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape. 


Malema took to Instagram saying that he had been suspended. Twitter said he could still browse the platform but would be limited to sending direct messages to his followers. In other words, no tweets, retweets, fleets, follows or likes. 

At the time, it said; “Your account will be restored to full functionality in 11 hours and 48 minutes.” 

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu said; “So Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of CiC Julius Malema for tweeting #NoToSoldiers & stating the fact that “War is declared on civilians”? The white capitalist establishment is desperate to protect their puppet who’s failing to provide leadership!”

A follower tagged the platform and said; “Dear Twitter, free Julius Malema’s account”, to which he said; “I’m back my brother, thank you for your solidarity”. 

This was the first thing Malema posted on Wednesday morning: 


While Malema gave a firm no to soldiers, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen called for their deployment to be ramped up. 

Seeing first-hand the destruction in KwaZulu-Natal, Steenhuisen said 2 500 soldiers for the entire nation is nowhere close to enough. 

“A deployment of only 2 500 SANDF personnel, for the entire country, is far from sufficient. If government could deploy many times this number during earlier phases of lockdown to enforce lockdown regulations, then they should certainly be able to match, if not exceed, this number in a crisis such as this,” he said. 

Steenhuisen added that certain people have been fanning the flames on social media with impunity. 

Steenhuisen said the DA would lay criminal charges against three high-profile leaders, namely; the former president’s children, Duduzane Zuma and Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, as well as, Julius Malema.