EFF leader Julius Malema went on a rampage and blasted ANC leaders for being sellouts who were now trying to claim Winnie-Madikizela Mandela as their own yet when she was still alive they had disowned her together with her legacy.
With full certainty, Julius Malema is an outspoken politician. Very fearless when it comes to expressing his mind. When he goes on a rampage narrating the hypocrisy of politicians in South Africa, he receives both praise and scorn. That is who he is. And when it came to the hypocrisy hovering around the late iconic revolutionary Winnie-Madikizela Mandela, he just had to tell it as it is.
He let it all out, saying that some of the leaders who were present showering praises on Winnie-Madikizela Mandela were the same people who had disowned her. At the funeral service held on 14 April at Orlando stadium, Malema visibly tore into the ANC leaders whom he said they claimed Winnie was now theirs yet they disowned her.
Whether you like Malema or not, you have to be generous a little and give him credit for being a thorn in the flesh for the ruling party. Winnie's legacy became warped simply because certain people saw it right to neglect her and completely abandon the duty to protect her inspiring legacy.
Winnie-Madikizela Mandela's daughters delivered fiery, stinging tributes, bordering on the issue of how their mother was 'betrayed' but it was Malema's utterances that drew the most attention.
"Some of those who sold you out to the regime are here. They are crying the loudest, more than us - who died for you," Malema said, before lambasting those he believed had wronged the struggle veteran.
And in essence, that is just what it is. The truth. Boos from some of the ANC supporters did not deter Malema from saying it all out. The ANC's current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the country's president, the ANC Women's League, and the UDF were just some of those Malema targeted.
"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears. What do I tell them, what about those who killed their husbands for selfish gains? What do we do with them? Give us a sign Mama."
Even though he acknowledged Cyril Ramaphosa and notably left out Jacob Zuma in his introductory remarks, he made it a point that he outlined what the Economic Freedom Fighters have always said, that Ramaphosa was responsible for the Marikana massacre.
"We see you in your suits, sell-outs."
Winnie-Madikizela Mandela must be surely be proud of Julius Malema seeing him spilling the truth as it is.
Oh, and by the way, there's already a #JuliusMalemaChallenge that is trending on Twitter.
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