PRETORIA – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has told Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa to return home and remove the autocratic Zanu PF regime led by Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Speaking during a Freedom Day rally in Pretoria, the firebrand leader said Zimbabweans are supposed to help themselves out their situation in as much they sympathize with their plight.
“Zanu PF has destroyed what was a promising land of Zimbabwe and the current leader of Zimbabwe (Emmerson Mnangagwa) is clueless like the South African leader (Cyril Ramaphosa). They are the same, like they are twins,” Malema said.
“So to the people of Zimbabwe, we want to make a plea, please when you are here in South Africa don’t worry, when you are here you are home, but when there are elections at home go there in your numbers. Go and vote and remove that nonsense that is happening in Zimbabwe and come back if you want to come back. You cannot just fold your hands.”
Malema, a well known admirer of the Zimbabwe land reform program has turned his back on the Zanu PF under Mnangagwa accusing it of selling out.
Zimbabweans have become a prime target from the vigilante group under the code name Operation Dudula in South Africa and Malema said Zimbabweans should “not be comfortable and think all is well as along as we are in South Africa.”
“The people of Zimbabwe must rise here in South Africa and go and vote for a proper government in Zimbabwe,” said Malema.
“If they want to come back they’re welcome, no problem, but let’s help each other so that there is proper government in Zimbabwe and we will bring a proper government in South Africa, we become a big family.”
“Let us not forget as Zimbabweans that we have got a duty at home to deliver a progressive government that will respect human rights that will make sure the economy of Zimbabwe grows, that will make sure it defeats poverty and unemployment because a progressive and developing Zimbabwe is a solution to the problems of South Africa. We want to Africans who are helping themselves.”