The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has weighed on Zimbabwe’s historic Tuesday, which saw Mugabe’s 37 years grip on power quelled.
Reacting, the leader of the South African left-wing party accused voters in the country of being responsible for the emergence of criminal political leaders in the country. He linked the political crisis in South Africa to lack of political education on what it takes to be a leader and how to identify one.
He said the difference between politics in South Africa and her neighboring country is that criminals are voted and kept in power by the electorates in South Africa while it is a different ballgame in Zimbabwe.
“Comparing our crisis to the Zimbabwean crisis signifies the lack of political education. In my country, unlike in Zimbabwe, criminals are kept in power by voters. Our elections are free and fair without any form of intimidation but voters just love their kleptocrats,” he said.
Malema, however, called for a more politically conscious society in order to put an end to the emergence of criminals in the political sphere. Nevertheless, he expressed delight with the younger generation in the universities and pre-tertiary level, who he said are now beginning to change the narrative.
Touching on Mugabe’s land programme, the EFF leader urged Zimbabweans not to go back on the former president’s programme or return the land to the white settler communities, adding that the programme was one of the president’s best legacies that must be advanced and protected at all costs.
On Tuesday, Zimbabwe’s parliament speaker, Jacob Mudenda, read out Mr. Mugabe’s letter announcing his immediate resignation as a president. The announcement ended Mr. Mugabe’s 37-year rule of the Southern Africa country.
Mr. Mugabe’s resignation followed an impeachment motion adopted by Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is due to return to come back to the country on Wednesday to take over leadership reins from Mr. Robert Mugabe.
The briefly-exiled former vice president has since been appointed ZANU-PF’s interim president at a special committee meeting which saw former president Robert Mugabe and his wife dismissed as members of the ruling party.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, inherits a crumbling and ailing economy as an estimated 95 percent of Zimbabwe’s workforce is unemployed and there are widespread shortages of cash and food.