Malema just ‘roaring cat’

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Michel Bega.

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Michel Bega.

Former ANC Youth League president Peter Mokaba’s family launched a vitriolic attack on former league president Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF), labeling them “roaring cats”.

Mokaba’s brother Ernest told ANC members at Peter’s gravesite in Mankweng outside Polokwane in Limpopo that it is not a solution to break away and form a group with the purpose of deposing the current ANC leadership.

“Those who came here last time pretending as if they were honouring Peter Mokaba and pretended to be roaring like lions. They were not roaring like lions, they were roaring like cats,” Mo-kaba said in reference to Malema’s visit to the family. He was speaking at the ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) 69th birthday celebrations yesterday.

“I feel pity for them. If you made a mistake you must admit when people are guiding you so that you can rectify your mistake. This is the ANC. It will remain being the ANC,” he said.

In a veiled attack on Malema, President Jacob Zuma also told ANC members at the Mokaba gravesite the province belongs to the ANC.

“At no point should this pro-vince be allowed to play a role that is opposite to where the broader movement is moving, even to border on reaction, to border on counter-revolution. It has produced powerful leaders and among them is comrade Peter Mokaba. Don’t be shaken and go to other parties. The ANC is your home.”

Zuma called on youth league leaders at the event to unite the youth league because “it was shaken by something we are not going to mention”.

Zuma was flanked by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha and senior ANCYL leaders.

At the league’s main celebrations at Seshego stadium outside Polokwane, Mbalula praised Zuma, shouting his name at the beginning of his speech.

The former ANCYL president told thousands of people at the event that Zuma was the one and only president.

Mbalula is a known political ally and friend of EFF leader Julius Malema.

“It is only the ANC that can deliver a better life for the people,” he said.

The ANC is gunning for more votes in Malema’s backyard in Seshego in what many say will be a survival of the fittest.

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