The ANC needs Jesus to return to earth, because the party has become arrogant, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Saturday.
"The ruling party has become arrogant. They [said they] were going to rule until Jesus comes back. What kind of a statement is that?" Malema asked residents at an EFF rally in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.
"They need Jesus. So Jesus has come back they must go out. They are not the Alpha and Omega".
He said the people of the country were the "Alpha and Omega".
"You [the people] must exercise power. We can take over this government," Malema said.
In March 2009, President Jacob Zuma told African National Congress supporters in Mpumalanga that the party would rule until Jesus returned.
Malema, who previously held the position of ANC Youth League president, was expelled from the party in 2012.
He launched the EFF protest movement on Thursday.
At the rally, Malema aid the EFF would have firm anti-corruption policies.
"Our organisation is founded on the principle of anti-corruption," he said.
"No one found guilty of corruption … will wear the beret," he said, sporting a bright red EFF-branded beret.
Malema is facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.
He is accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering. – Sapa