Malema warned that the move would collapse the party rather than strengthen it.
“Cyril is making a big mistake. He is badly advised. You cannot just sit in a bathroom and remove a secretary-general. I don't think they know what that position includes. From the comfort of your own home, just with a smell of Rajah [spice], you remove an SG ... I don't think he knows what he's talking about.
“But maybe he saw that they are disorganised, the Magashules themselves. That position is not a position you just wake up and attack. That is the belly of the party, so you are attacking the party from the belly, you are collapsing it.
“It works for us as the EFF, but that's a horrible decision to take,” he said.
Malema was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
He said the step-aside resolution was a front, because many corruption-implicated ANC leaders, including Magashule, were elected with clouds hanging over their heads.
Allies of Magashule's have reportedly threatened to resign en masse to force an early elective national conference should he be forced to step aside from his position.
“The ANC structures elected Magashule with all these scandals hanging over his head. They knew about all these things. That he's being charged is just being technical. They elected [him] knowing the scandals. They love him like that. They love them corrupt, anyway,” Malema added.