Julius Malema once told me that his blood was "black, green and gold" – the colours of the ANC which kicked him out for sowing divisions and bringing it to disrepute.
So saying that he is launching his Economic Freedom Fighters to challenge the oldest liberation movement on the African continent is quite an about-turn.
There is no doubt that South Africa is experiencing what some may call a "winter of discontent".
A few weeks ago Mamphela Ramphele launched another party, Agang, also with the intention of unseating the ANC.
Mr Malema insists that he will not join with Agang or indeed the official opposition Democratic Alliance.
He will certainly bring with him some of those disillusioned youth from the weakened ANC Youth League but he will need to work much harder to convince South Africans that his policy of nationalisation is the future of the most powerful economy in Africa.