Zimbabwe

Malema 'silencing Zimbabwe opposition'

2011-08-12 13:43

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Johannesburg - The Zimbabwe Youth Wing on Friday condemned ANCYL president Julius Malema for "silencing" opposition members in their country.

"It is judgmental, weird and... incites xenophobia," the human rights group's spokesperson Brian Muziringa told journalists in Johannesburg.

Malema has previously called Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) "imperalists".

MDC South African district chairperson Solomon Chikohwero said he was appalled by Malema going to Zimbabwe and showing support for its President Robert Mugabe in April last year.

"We saw him going to Zimbabwe and dining with the Zanu-PF [ruling party] and Mugabe. He was campaigning for them and in the end they gave him 21 head of cattle... we don't know if this was payment or a gift of thanks," Chikohwero said.

The Zimbabwe Youth Wing and the MDC in South Africa called on Malema to apologise for his statements.

Zimbabwe Youth Wing founder Ismael Kauzani said if Malema did not apologise, it would consider legal action.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  ancyl  |  julius malema  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  southern africa
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