PRETORIA – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Sunday appealed to Zimbabwean youths to take decisive steps and end President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s increasingly autocratic rule, warning that social media activism alone would not bring about the desired change.
Malema was speaking at a Women’s Day event near to the grave of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela, charging that Zimbabwean women wake up every day with a threat of arrest, abduction or rape by Mnangagwa’s state sponsored para-militia groups.
The former Zanu PF blue-eyed boy called on Zimbabweans to start engaging in the “real revolution”while appealing to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to turn the screws on Mnangagwa.
“We are here at Mama’s grave to talk about the rights of women, yet just next door in Zimbabwe the rights of the people are being violated, worse the rights of women,” Malema said.
“They abduct children from the streets, particularly girl children, rape them in the bush. Police and soldiers have become a law onto themselves. Mnangagwa has become a pig and is eating his own children in Zimbabwe.”
Malema said when Mnangagwa swept to power on the back of a military coup in November 2017, “a lot of us had thought something positive will happen” but “things have become extremely worse.”