- Twitter users who questioned the facts of history Julius Malema based his anger on in his speech at yesterday’s funeral proceedings
- His mention of a press conference called by what he called the “UDF Cabal” was questioned by some seeking to school the EFF leader on ANC history
- A former UDF member Madeleine Fullard said it was wrong of Malema not to mention that it was the ANC leader himself at the time, Oliver Tambo, who decided to seek distance from Winnie Mandela
In an impassioned speech to those attending the funeral of late struggle hero, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and long time close friend of Madikizela-Mandela, Julius Malema angrily condemned those who he said had betrayed her during her lifetime.
However, Briefly.co.za gathers his anger has caused some to speak out against what he said, claiming he was misrepresenting the history of the ANC, or perhaps simply doesn’t know it as well as he should.
He criticised people who he called “sellouts” for attending her funeral and seeming to have loved her after her death including those in the 1980s the United Democratic Front (UDF), the banned ANC’s front organisation, who he claimed called a press conference to distance itself from Madikizela-Mandela.
“Mama, the UDF cabal that rejected you is here, they called a press conference to dissociate themselves from you. But you were never a member of the UDF, you were the only one who pronounced as the ANC,” Malema said.
He also took aim at the ANC Women’s League claiming some in the league refused to be led by Madikizela-Mandela and rejected her because they regarded her as a “criminal” due to the stories which were circulated to discredit her by the Apartheid government.
Not everyone was as impressed with Malema as those who called his speech "historic"and "revolutionary".
Some on Twitter questioned whether Malema had his facts right, and columnist Max du Preez said Malema said even though Malema himself might have been only eight years old in 1989, “he should get his facts correct before he speaks.”
Many also objected to Fullard's tweet responding that she was taking Malema's speech out of context and even accusing her of not listening properly.
Or being part of the very conspiracy that sought to discredit the late struggle icon during her life and even after her death.
Finally, there were some who pointed out that she was just simply incorrect in her attempt to school him.
Most of the reactions to Malema's speech were positive and celebratory of his having spoken out in the midst of an event run by the ruling party.
A Zimbabwean political analyst even pointed out that both the ANC and the country itself should he commended for even allowing Julius Malema to speak at the event knowing he might well have negative things to say about the ruling party.
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