We stand by Zim protestors: Malema

HARARE - Populist South African politician Julius Malema yesterday offered solidarity to Zimbabwean protesters who have led national strikes against President Robert Mugabe’s economic policies that have closed businesses and crippled the public transport system.

The left-wing Malema, who led the ruling ANC’s youth wing until his expulsion for ill-discipline in 2012 and now leads SA’s vocal opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, said Zimbabwean protestors will triumph in the ongoing protests just like they did in their 70s fight against the white minority government that ushered in independence in 1980.

“We are on the side of the people of Zimbabwe, never be governed by fear. The people always win like you did in the 80’s, victory is certain,” Malema tweeted yesterday.

Malema has struck a chord with impoverished SA blacks frustrated by the slow pace of change 20 years after the end of apartheid, and angered by perceptions of corruption among the governing elite.

The ongoing Zimbabwean strike follows days of unrest over the government’s failure to pay civil servants’ salaries, a currency shortage, import restrictions and multiple police road blocks reportedly extorting cash from motorists.

Zimbabwean preacher Evan Mawarire, who is leading the protests, was initially facing charges of inciting public violence relating to his calls for “stay at home” protests against Mugabe, but was hit with a further charge for attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government when he appeared in court yesterday.

Mawarire, whose social media movement has rattled the 92-year-old Mugabe’s administration, spent the night in police cells after officers searched his house, church and office in the capital Harare as part of their investigations.

Mugabe’s government has delayed pay dates for civil servants as treasury funds run short after years of economic decline, worsened by a severe drought which has hit agriculture.

Formed just three years ago, Malema’s EFF won 6 percent of the vote at national polls in 2014 to become the third largest party and the second largest in opposition.

The radical left party has collected large chunks of support in working class areas, and is seen likely to gain further ground in forthcoming polls after scoring several political victories and championing economic causes such as mine nationalisation and redistribution of land.

Comments (8)

I remember you saying The only president you know is President Mugabe, just after the fossil had finished stealing the future of Zimbabwe, now you are saying you support the people of Zim. To Hell with you. We don't like snakes with forked tongues like you, we are better off with the DA

Ziggy Zigawo - 14 July 2016

Malema came here and made resonance with Saviour the Thief whilst making some noise in support of Robert. Now that he has been booted from another oppressive arm, the ANC, he has changed colours and is now rooting for anything that is not in tandem with the ANC.

Rudiu - 14 July 2016

Malema came here and made resonance with Saviour the Thief whilst making some noise in support of Robert. Now that he has been booted from another oppressive arm, the ANC, he has changed colours and is now rooting for anything that is not in tandem with the ANC.

Rudiu - 14 July 2016

Malema is another Mugabe dont trust him .Keep going Zim our country will soon be free Gods hand is on our land TRUST HIM

rose - 14 July 2016

its amazing how these guys all of a sudden experience a damascene moment when kicked away from the feeding trough. I remember Malema chanting to a white Journo "Hey you shut up, this is a revolutionary house. If you are told to jump you ask how high. Kakaratji, security take him away". Then he was in solidarity with zanu pf together with his "youth counterpart" Absolom Sikhosana. Ah ya by Zim standards at my age of 40 I am still a toddler.

ndozvo - 15 July 2016

you are allowed to change your mind. you can support and disapprove of one person or thing. Mugabe's government did well to get the land back to its rightful owners. He has been in power for too long but then again white domination has been in power for even longer. EFF shares the view that whites can not own land in Africa. be grateful and work forward. the DA is taking us back.

mnqobi - 15 July 2016

When you read that the stumbling block for sustainable development for the Africanperson is the worship of the white or pale face,you say you don't worship a white man. When pastor someone points to a picture of a white man draped in white robes and asks you, Who is this man? You confidently answer that it is Jesus. And when someone tells you that you are wrong that is not Jesus, you go into a tantrum, WHY? The answer is very simple; the worship of the white man is the root of wrong thinking, bad politics and poor economic performance. Believe in Jesus don't believe in the white man.

ADF - 15 July 2016

viva malema...its now high time to get rid of all incompetent leaders within public offices

jimalo - 18 July 2016

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