Malema needs psychological help - ANCYL

(Jenni Evans, News24)
(Jenni Evans, News24)

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema needs psychological help, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) said on Monday.

This was in reaction to Malema's statements during a visit to the UK last week.

"The attacks on [former] president Nelson Mandela, the father of the nation, were most unfortunate, but considering the state of mind of the man who makes them, the nation should not be worried, but should raise concern on how many people believe in this fellow given his views," the ANCYL said in a statement.

The organisation said Mandela's stature and legacy spoke for itself, not only in South Africa, but globally and did not deserve such unwarranted remarks from anyone "let alone a creature of Malema's stature".

Malema told the Oxford Union in the UK Mandela had turned his back on parts of the revolution after being released from prison.

- Read more: Rich white men made Mandela turn against the revolution - Malema

"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," he said.

"Nelson Mandela used to attend the club meetings of those white men who owned the South African economy at the time."

Malema's comments were in response to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power.

The ANCYL accused Malema of being a hypocrite and someone who just wanted to show off.

It called on people to ignore and isolate Malema.

Malema's comments have also raised the ire of the late former president's grandson Mandla Mandela, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte and the Congress of the People (Cope).

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
46% - 6189 votes
It's four more years for Trump
54% - 7274 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.31
(+0.75)
ZAR/GBP
21.46
(-0.67)
ZAR/EUR
19.35
(+0.57)
ZAR/AUD
11.62
(-0.14)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.05)
Gold
1924.58
(+0.76)
Silver
25.03
(+1.22)
Platinum
887.00
(+2.00)
Brent Crude
43.05
(+1.28)
Palladium
2396.00
(+0.77)
All Share
55345.49
(+0.13)
Top 40
50905.12
(+0.11)
Financial 15
10138.60
(+1.83)
Industrial 25
74577.70
(-1.31)
Resource 10
54447.94
(+1.23)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo