Austil Mathebula
2 minute read
24 Jan 2017
10:01 am

Malema a little, irrelevant man, says Zanu-PF MP

Austil Mathebula

The Zimbabwean politician says the EFF leader 'won't win!'

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema speaks during his party's Youth Day rally on June 16, 2016 in Secunda, South Africa. While addressing thousands of young people in Embalenhle, Malema said that the 1976 Soweto uprisings were about black pride and the EFF was only party still fighting for poor black people. (File photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden)

A Zimbabwean member of parliament has come out to slate EFF leader Julius Malema over his remarks on the country’s president Robert Mugabe.

Psychology Maziwisa says Malema is “a little and irrelevant man” who is trying to gain support by insulting the Zimbabwean president, who has been in power since 1980.

“Not bothered at all by Julius Malema’s latest ranting. He is a little and irrelevant man who is trying desperately to gain political mileage in South Africa by insulting a great man in Zimbabwe. Won’t win!” Maziwisa said on Facebook.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Malema labelled “comrades in the Zanu-PF” cowards for failing to remove Mugabe.

He said Mugabe can’t even control a spade, and “must let go”. He said the Zimbabwean president, who’s been in power for nearly 37 years, is ruining his own legacy by “overstaying”.

“We say this out of love,” said the EFF leader, adding that Mugabe was not doing justice to the “African revolution project” by clinging to power for as long as possible. He added there were many capable leaders in the ruling Zanu-PF who could take over from “Grandpa” Mugabe.

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“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. That’s how old he is. He’s no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities. We don’t hate the man. They can respond and insult us.

“They are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu-PF. To be scared to say to an old man like president Mugabe, ‘Please, with due respect, let go!’

“President Mugabe must let go! The legacy of the land question … we will carry it. We are following in his footsteps. We are proud of the actions he has taken. But his overstay is not doing justice on the African revolution project. He is destroying his own legacy. It’s bad.”

Mugabe has indicated that he intends to stand for re-election in 2018.

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