South African opposition leader, Julius Malema, on Monday, castigated Zimbabwean politicians he accused of trying to ride behind the late former President Robert Mugabe’s legacy while they tormented him to the last day.
Though Malema did not mention names, his utterances have been interpreted as having been directed at his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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Malema was speaking to journalists at the Mugabe family Blue Roof Mansion in Borrowdale, Harare after a long meeting with Mugabe’s widow, Grace Mugabe and close relatives. Said Malema:
We are here to tell her (former First Lady Grace Mugabe) in person that we are very proud of her and she serves as an inspiration to a lot of us and that she must protect ex-President Mugabe’s legacy with everything against any form of opportunism which will want to ride behind the legacy of President Mugabe even when they tormented him to the last day.
The firebrand Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spoke against the military coup that ousted Mugabe from power in November 2017. He said:
These types of interventions, if they are allowed, they may become an unacceptable phenomenon for the region of Sadc. We shouldn’t allow a situation where the military interferes with political affairs.
He also lambasted the regional bodies, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU). He said:
There is no such thing (as) Sadc, there is no such thing. AU, there is no such thing. It’s a group of old people who protect each other. They don’t protect the interests of their people. It’s a club. It’s a gentlemen’s club.
They don’t care, they don’t call each other out. They are unable to say ‘you are wrong here, you are wrong there, therefore, this is how we are able to fix it.