ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema says he is a proud member of the elite, which is a product of the ruling party's policy to close the racial economic gap in the country.
Malema says the salary he receives from the party makes him part of the black middle class. He lives in Sandton and drives a Mercedes Benz E Class.
"We are the elite that has been deliberately produced by the ANC as part of its policy to close the gap between blacks and whites in this country. It was the ANC that made it possible that, as part of that elite, some of us are now able to live in the suburbs," Malema told Sowetan.
He said what differentiated him and other ANC cadres from the rest of the middle class was a commitment to improve the lives of the South African masses.
He also took a swipe at the members of the elite who claim that they cannot relate to the ANC, saying they were now biting the hand that feeds them.
"Go and look at their pictures before 1994 and you will see how the ANC has changed their lives," said Malema.
He lauded ANC president Jacob Zuma as a president "who was not educated at universities in London or America but was taught by his own people in Nkandla".
Malema said unlike other leaders, Zuma did not spend "too much time with business while ignoring the masses".
He said even when Zuma becomes president he would not lose touch with the people.
"What will change is his diary, not his character," he said.
Malema also believes that the government should pay 60 percent of the SABC budget "to ensure that we are in control of what is shown on TV promotes the local creative industry".