Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema retweeted a man who said he wished the EFF leader was the one who died in a car accident instead of former Sasco president Siphiwe Zuma.
This after Malema sent a out a tweet, remembering Zuma, who, together with the EFF leader, was involved in a car accident on September 11, 2002. He succumbed to his injuries and died three days after the accident. He was laid to rest at the Roypoint Cemetery, in KwaZulu-Natal.
The 23-year-old passed on just few weeks after being elected president of the SA Students’ Congress. Malema says he was part of the accident in which the University of KwaZulu-Natal law student died. He paid homage to the “cadre” on Twitter, only to be met with ridicule from some of his Twitter followers.
Malema said: “14 years ago we got involved in a car accident and he passed away 3 days later,we will always remember u Cde Siphiwe,” to one of his followers Thabang Shozi @Nkwaibomvu responding, “I wish you died instead of him”. Malema retweeted Shozi’s despite the “death wish”. Shozi was condemned by some with one saying: “such a cruel thing to say. I’m glad you lived Juju.”
14 years ago we got involved in a car accident and he passed away 3 days later,we will always remember u Cde Siphiwe pic.twitter.com/o5Eta2uxlX
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 8, 2016
This accident happened while Malema was still a member of the ANC Youth League. He was expelled from the ANC for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute.
In 2013, then arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile started Youth Day celebrations by laying a wreath at Zuma’s grave, saying: “Today is an important day in South Africa where we remember heroes like Siphiwe that fought in the struggle.”