Zimbabweans salute Malema on Mugabe jibe


EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEANS have praised controversial Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after the South African opposition leader called on President Robert Mugabe to retire.
At a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Malema lashed at the veteran leader who turns 93 next month mocking him as a “grandpa” and tarnishing the legacy of the liberation struggle.
Shingirai Mudekunye of Highfield in the capital Harare, said Malema was spot on.
“I don’t usually follow politics, but on calling President Mugabe to step down due to his advanced age, this time I totally agree with our neighbour Julius Malema,” said Mudekunye.
He said Malema’s criticism of Mugabe was relevant as South Africa, which is now home to an estimated three million Zimbabweans, was is bearing the brunt of Mugabe’s economic policies thus burdening the country’s own economic resources.
Activist Kudakwashe Machingura of Harare said Zimbabwe required external support from neighbours such as South Africa.
“Yes Mugabe gave us land, but the old man has exceeded his tenure reached an advanced age. He must pave way for the new blood. I salute Julius Malema for urging the old man to quit,” said Machingura.
The Zimbabweans are warming to Malema after previously denouncing him for publicly expressing his support for Mugabe and his policies.
Malema has in the past received a red carpet welcome from Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF. Mugabe is under pressure to step aside ahead of next year’s elections.
Ngqabutho Phakathi of Bulawayo hailed the firebrand EFF leader for echoing such calls.
In Masvingo, the country’s oldest town, Nyasha Mutukwa, concurred with Malema.
“Malema has said the truth. We Zimbabweans are sick and tired of the dictator Robert Mugabe,” said Mutukwa.

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