Malema to fill SA in on EFF's tour to the UK

2015-12-02 05:22
EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to brief the media on his recent trip to the United Kingdom.

Malema, his deputy Floyd Shivambu, and national chairperson of the EFF Advocate Dali Mpofu had been on a tour in England which included speaking at the Oxford Union at Oxford University and meeting with academics, international firms, the SA Chamber of Commerce in London.

Since his return, Malema has come under fire for his negative comments about former president and struggle icon Nelson Mandela, which he made during his address at Oxford University last week Wednesday.

The EFF leader criticised the late former president, saying that he had turned his back on parts of the revolution after being released from prison.

Malema was responding to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power.

"The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of the selling out of the revolution. But why did Nelson Mandela sell out the Freedom Charter? When Mandela returned from prison he got separated with Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of the rich white men... he was looked after by the Oppenheimers," Malema was quoted as saying.

The African National Congress (ANC), its youth league, the Congress of the People (Cope) as well as the Mandela family have hit back at Malema, saying his utterances were in bad taste.

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela defended his grandfather, saying Malema made "trash can politics his personal brand".

The ANC's deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said politicians who used Mandela's name negatively were politically bankrupt, while the ANC Youth League said Malema - their former leader - "needed psychological help".

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota described Malema's comments as "immature and uninformed".

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