EFF leader Julius Malema has requested his cross-border mentor Mr. Robert Mugabe to honourably step down and hand over power to a “new progressive leader”.
Malema, who was once a die-hard fan of Mugabe – basically because of his land expropriation legacy – said Mr. Mugabe should hand over power to another person like Cuba’s former president Castro did a couple of years ago.
The red berets’ commander-in-chief revealed that why he wants Mugabe to resign is because they are “friends” and he has already made great impacts in Zimbabwe.
“When people are friends they tell each other the truth. Like Castro did, handing over power to his brother, President Mugabe must do the same. We love Robert Mugabe for who he is, although we accept it’s time for him to step down,” Malema said.
The fighter added that though he respects Mugabe for his involvement in the liberation struggle of the 1970s; he admitted that Zimbabweans might revolt sooner than later if Mugabe fails to hand over power.
Juju Praises Mr. Robert Mugabe
However, the EFF said like Castro, Mugabe is a great and fearless leader; who places the safety of his people before his.
“Like [Nelson] Mandela, like [Mangaliso Robert] Sobukwe, like [Chris] Hani. Castro to us was like [Steve] Biko, like Winnie Mandela. Castro to us is like Mr. Robert Mugabe,” Juju noted.
Julius Malema was speaking in Soweto, South Africa, on Thursday at an event to remember the late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
92-year-old Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from British rule in 1980. He is the sole presidential candidate for the ruling party – Zanu PF in the 2018 polls.
In September, Botswana President Ian Khama enjoined Mugabe to kindly accept the reality of his advancing years and step down.
Khama lamented that the political and economic implosion in Zimbabwe; which set off since 2000 has forced thousands of helpless Zimbabweans to flee their homes.
Botswana houses an estimated 100,000 Zimbabweans – which many believe is the high-priority reason for Khama’s attack on Mugabe.