Juju: I’m very sorry, MaMbeki

2014-04-12 09:38

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The commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has apologised to former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother, Epainette, for the things he said while he was still a firebrand leader of the ANC Youth League and fierce supporter of President Jacob Zuma.

Now expelled by the ANC, Malema paid a courtesy visit to MaMbeki, as the 97-year-old is affectionately known, at her home in Ngcingwana, Dutywa, in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

“I am very happy that I got an opportunity to say to my grandmother here that what I could have said about her son, President Mbeki, at that time, if I had offended her and her family in any way, I apologise. I am very sorry.

“Some of the things, we said them because we were very young. As we grow up, we realise that certain things should not have been said the way they were said. For me, I am a better person today because I met MaMbeki,” Malema said.

The former president’s mother welcomed Juju, as she referred to the EFF leader, saying: “Today is an important day.”

She said all she cared about was the youth and for them to do things for themselves.

“I am very pleased that Juju is here and I am sure the youth is also here, it’s my main worry. Thank you for calling.”

Meanwhile, Malema had earlier in the day visited controversial AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo at his Bumbane Great Place in Mthatha to introduce his new party.

The two leaders took turns to ridicule Zuma, with Malema calling him a monster while Dalindyebo called him a hooligan.

Weighing in on the Nkandla issue, Dalindyebo said he did not know whether Zuma was building his home to become the capital of South Africa.

He said the saga had brought a lot of chaos in the country and that the president should have resigned given Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s report into Nkandla.

“I know the president was waiting for something that would criminalise him badly from the report. But when you fail ethically with that kind of gravity, you are forced to step out of office if you are a man of honour,” Dalindyebo said.

The Thembu king, who is also a DA member, would support any moves to get Zuma out of office, because, he says, the president had forgotten that the whole country and world had been lenient to allow him to be president in the first place.

“We accepted him with the rape charge and court case of corruption against him. With that kind of background he was not even supposed to have been president of the ANC and the country,” he said. “We are not happy with the ANC especially because it is led by a hooligan.”

Malema said he was extremely confident that his party will do well in the upcoming elections.

He said he would have loved the king to have been part of the EFF as they spoke the same language.

He said opposition parties needed to work together to remove the ANC and Zuma from power.

“We have to do everything in our power as opposition parties to remove the monster from office, and if it means we have to find a way to work together as parties opposed to the ANC, let it be,” said Malema, ahead of his party’s Eastern Cape provincial campaign rally launch at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London today.

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