- EFF leader Julius Malema has defended the legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- Malema said it didn’t matter if Winnie slept with other men while her husband was in prison because all the male leaders have done the same
- He said when a man sleeps around, society has no problem with it, but a woman doing the same is shunned and demonised
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has defended the legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He lashed out at critics who accused her of sleeping with younger men while Nelson Mandela was in prison.
Malema said even if the rumours were true it didn’t matter because male leaders had been doing the same and even worse for years.
Malema said he did not believe that Winnie slept around while her husband was in prison, but for him, it didn’t matter even if she did.
Briefly.co.za discovered that a clip in which Malema discussed Winnie’s alleged affairs has drawn mass attention on social media.
He said when a man sleeps around he is an ndota (big man), but when a woman does the same she is shunned and demonised and people say she hurt Madiba.
“But let’s say she has done it … she slept with young kids when Mandela was in prison and all of that. Who has not done that? Because all of these male leaders … they slept with women of their fellow comrades. They slept with the children of their fellow comrades. They raped their own children. Yet they got elected into the highest offices,” he said to rising applause in an obvious reference to former president Jacob Zuma, who was accused of sexually assaulting the late HIV-positive Fezekile Kuzwayo.
Zuma also fathered a child with his friend Irvin Khoza’s daughter.
Malema then asked how Zuma’s first wife, Gertrude Khumalo, must feel after all the scandals her husband had admitted to. “What about MaKhumalo: How many times was she hurt?
He said it was unfair that a man like that could become president of the country, but women doing the same were thrown away by society.
Earlier Malema said even if Winnie had been guilty of killing Stompie, she was no worse than any of the male leaders of her generation, all of who have done much worse things.
He said: “They hated her because they hate African women.”
Malema denied Winnie had anything to do with Stompie’s murder, a view which the boy’s mother Joyce shares.
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