- Julius Malema's speech at the official funeral of Winnie Mandela was, as expected, emotional and much what both his followers and detractors have come to expect from him
- The family of Mama Winnie has asked the ANC that he be allowed to speak and he was given the opportunity to do so
- He began his speech with a warning that he wasn't going to appreciate anyone speaking against the ANC president on that day out of respect for Mama Winnie
Briefly.co.za notes that once he got started he certainly didn't hold back any condemnation for people who he felt had been unfair to the struggle icon and Mother of the Nation during the years she had kept the struggle going while everyone else was either in prison or exile.
Beginning his attack taking aim at the United Democratic Front, which disassociated itself from her in the 80s. His call as if to Winnie herself was an impassioned plea for answers. Almost as if he expected her to rise from the casket and answer him.
"Mama, why did the UDF call a press conference to disassociate themselves from you? Because you were never a member of the UDF, you were a member of the ANC. You were the only one pronouncing the ANC in the 80s. Why did the UDF see the need to disassociate with a person who was not their member?"
In the oratory style which Malema has become known for in a speech laced with metaphor, and dramatic exultations he gave warning to those who try to portray themselves as her ally now that she is dead but never stood with her while she lived.
Many of the people who betrayed Madikizela-Mandela are now "crying the loudest" following her death he said.
But Malema said they have nowhere to hide and can be seen. "We see you!" he called out, his words no doubt causing some to feel a little discomforted.
"We mentioned just some few incidences just to make them aware that we know what they did to you. We see you in your beautiful suits, betrayers, sellouts. We see you," a passionate Malema said at Madikizela-Mandela funeral at Orlando Stadium.
The warning to people who only after her death have come to Mama Winnie's defence echoed words spoken by family members who criticised the fact that people had "sat on the truth" while Winnie was still alive, and are now bringing facts to life.
Julius Malema has always has a close and very special relationship with Winnie Mandela who even acted in loco parentis for him during disciplinary procedures he faced when he was still with the ANC and had recently led a memorial service in the isolated community of Brandfort where Madikizela-Mandela was banished in an attempt by the government to silence her influence over a rising revolution against Apartheid.
He ended his address with a call on the government to honour Madikizela-Mandela by naming the Cape Town airport after her.
In oratory phrasing reminiscent of something Shakespeare might have penned he made a promise to honour her legacy and continue her struggle.
“I am here not so much to bury Mama‚ because Queen Mothers do not die‚ they multiply into a million red flowers of love and freedom... I am here to pick up her spear‚ and make my vows that I will continue to fight for a mission of restoring the dignity of black people through attainment of economic freedom in our lifetime. Mama was willing to put the country first‚ above personal safety. She confronted the gun-carrying white man.”
Some of the EFF crowd who had earlier scuffled with organisers bid a retreat after Malema's address was over, leaving some gaps in the stands where previously red berets had been conspicuously present.
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