Malema has gained notoriety for insulting anyone who doesn’t agree with him. The list of victims of his vitriolic attacks is endless. It includes the likes of former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.
He previously called Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele a “failed businesswoman looking for a pension in Parliament”. But Malema is now waxing lyrical about Ramphele. In a column published in Sowetan yesterday on Ramphele’s decision to quit politics, Malema paid tribute to her, referring to her as “a formidable woman who would have greatly contributed to qualitative [sic] opposition politics”.
“She is one of the most accomplished South Africans who has made a great contribution to the building and transformation of institiutions in academia, public health and business,” Malema wrote. Instead of showering Ramphele with praise, Malema needs to do first things first. He would have salvaged his own credibility by apologising first to Ramphele and then to the masses that he misled about her decision to enter politics.
He claimed she was seeking a pension, but Ramphele demonstrated this was not the case when she chose not to lead her party in Parliament.