Malema wants siblings for Ratanang

2014-12-14 16:00

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Julius Malema doesn’t want to talk about marriage, but the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader says it’s important for revolutionaries to have children and “reproduce themselves” so their ideas live on.

There were reports earlier this month that Malema was set to marry Mantwa Matlala after Christmas, but before January 1.

In an interview with City Press, Malema would not confirm or deny news of his upcoming nuptials, saying a wedding would be a “private activity”.

He did say it would be a traditional wedding in his hometown, Seshego, Limpopo, and could carry the blessings of the elders.

The Star reported that Matlala is an accountant in Johannesburg who also grew up in Seshego and met Malema when she was at Capricorn High School.

Malema said having children was something he’d have to discuss with his future wife. But he seems keen for his eight-year-old son, Ratanang, to have brothers and sisters.

“Having more children is a reproduction of society and it is a revolutionary activity because if we don’t reproduce ourselves, our ideas will die.

“So we ought to produce people who will continue with this legacy of fighting for our people?...?so the reproduction of society is very critical.”

Malema said revolutionaries had no problem falling in love, because they do their work with passion.

“We love with passion. The reason we chose revolution is because we love.

“So we have no difficulty falling in love, like I’m in love with my fiancée, no problem, but I want to keep it private.”

Malema said only celebrities “splashed” their weddings “all over the media”.

“I have never displayed my girlfriends in the media. I can’t start now.”

Malema said Lizelle Tabane, with whom he was photographed at a wedding in Mauritius in 2011, was never his girlfriend.

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