DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa does not qualify for South African tenders because "he is not black enough", Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said earlier today.

"Tenders must be given to genuine blacks," he said. "Cyril Ramaphosa is not black, he is non-white. Everything else he is doing in his life is to please white people. We cannot say he is black."

Malema was addressing hundreds of Student Command members at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus.

He said the EFF wanted "tenderpreneurs who will not be used by whites".

"We want blacks who will not be fronted by white people... We are not ashamed to empower and fight for black people," he said.

The EFF is in Durban ahead of its fourth anniversary rally, scheduled to be held at Curries Fountain on Saturday.

Malema said the EFF did not sell out in Johannesburg and Pretoria, where the party put the Democratic Alliance into power, because senior positions there were being occupied by black people: "Since August 2016, senior positions are occupied by blacks: not just mediocre blacks or EFF black, but qualified blacks, black qualified South Africans, so that they provide quality services to our people. Every time they bring a name that sounds European, we say this name must go and occupy the last position because this is our country," he said.

"We are going to have our fourth anniversary in the backyard of (President) Jacob Zuma, whether he likes it or not. EFF is here to stay. We are turning four and we will be a hundred soon, we don’t suffer from longevity," he said. When some ANC leaders left for Dubai in 2019, the EFF would still be in the country.

Malema encouraged the EFF student wing to study hard to make space for new students. He took a swipe at the ANC-aligned student organisation, Sasco: "The leadership of the EFF Student Command must lead by example and go to study and pass with flying colours. You must graduate within a record time and create space for other people. Some Sasco people even want to rename some residences after themselves because they have been here for more than 10 years. Do not be like Sasco members who want to become permanent residents on this campus," he said.