Malema bites back after PowerFM caller says he deserved to be 'necklaced'


A Power FM interview of EFF leader Julius Malema took a turn on Friday when a caller said on air that Malema deserved to be necklaced and was a "sellout".

The caller, who identified himself as "Muzi", listed various issues in EFF/DA coalition governments in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Power Talk host Aldrin Sampear was interviewing Malema on the show during the party's final leg of campaigning ahead of the May 8 elections. 

Malema was, among other issues, giving details of what was most likely to happen after the elections regarding coalitions in the metros, saying the party would be open to discussions.

"Julius! We are not stupid. South Africans are not stupid. You have failed the African child. Especially the ones in the metros that you have given these to your bosses," Muzi told Malema on air.

READ: Malema, Shivambu linked to VBS cash – report

The caller said the party had failed to bring services to people in the townships.

"When Solly Msimanga failed to make sure that he formalises all the informal settlements, when [he] failed to make sure that services are brought to the black people to the townships and when Herman Mashaba failed to protect the land that was supposed to be formalised so that black people in the township can benefit from that land, you occupied that land.

"You have failed the townships, Julius Malema. You are a sellout Julius. Actually my bra, I don't know. How can I unpack it to you? You are a sell out!"

"If it was back in the days of mzabalazo (struggle days) you were supposed to get the tyre (necklaced) my brother," the caller charged.

'I am not shaken by any nonsense you said here'

However, Malema was not shaken by the threats.

"Let me tell you Muzi, I would have put two tyres on you before you put one [on me]. I am not shaken by any nonsense you said here.

"None of the things you said here shake me. Nothing. Not even a tyre you spoke about. I will put four on you," a firm Malema replied.

Malema said his party stood by all decisions it had taken in the past when entering coalition governments. 

"Anyone who feels aggrieved, the 8th of May gives you an option to choose more wisely than you did in 2016 even if you take away your vote from the EFF," Malema said.

On Friday, News24 reported that Malema claimed that allegations that his party was involved in the collapse of the VBS Mutual Bank, were fabricated and were intended to destroy the party. 

Malema had a sit-down interview with News24 on Thursday where he denied that his party's involvement in both the VBS and GladAfrica scandals.

A Daily Maverick report linked Shivambu and his brother Brian to a R4m business loan that had been obtained through the VBS bank. The Shivambu brothers denied the claims. 

FOR MORE ON THE INTERVIEW: WATCH: 'VBS was meant to collapse and finish EFF' – Malema

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