- EFF CIC Julius Malema described the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, as a “dealmaker” who became the president only to win favour with white leaders at Africa Day celebrations on Friday
- Malema said that white people see Ramaphosa as the best leader and that everyone else believed them and followed their lead
- He also said Africa Daay should be a public holiday in South Africa and the country should also have it’s own name, Azania arguing that “South Africa is not a name. It's a direction”
Speaking at the Economic Freedom Fighter EFF’s Africa Day celebration event in Sunnyside in Tshwane on Friday, CIC, Julius Malema spoke out criticising the country’s president.
Briefly.co.za gathers from reports of the event that he said Ramaphosa only became president of the country so that he could go around the world and make deals with white leaders.
Malema argued that Ramaphosa had no intention of helping people of South Africa. While Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that he would be donating half of his salary was widely praised, Malema said he wasn’t impressed at all.
"Cyril doesn't need a salary. He took that position because of deal making," Malema said. "He wants to go around the world making deals. That's why he wants to be president... He doesn't want to be president for the poor. He doesn't want to be president for the HIV patients. He wants to be president so that he can have access to white leaders and then they clinch deals. He is not a leader, he is a dealmaker. That's who is he is."
Malema argued that the only reason people applauded Ramaphosa was because white people held him in high esteem. "White people want us to believe that we have got our saviour, we've got an engine; Cyril Ramaphosa is coming to save us."
Malema expressed the view that the president should be held account for those who died in Marikana, and for buying a buffalo for R18m. "You all clap hands as if he is the masterpiece, but this man is worth billions. Why can't he take half of what he is worth and give it to the poor? Why can't he take half a billion and give it to the poor?"
Malema said instead of a charity, money should be given to the poor. "The money must go to the squatter camps. The money must go to the landless people. The money must go to the unemployed people. The money must go to the children of the domestic workers. That's where we need this money," said the EFF leader.
Moving on to addressing the issue of Africa Day, Malema said the day should be celebrated in this country as a public holiday as it is in other African countries.
"We are not ashamed of being African. We are not ashamed of being black," he said, explaining that it should be a day in which Africans can celebrate themselves and tell the world that they are Africans and proud of their heritage.
Addressing the scourge of xenophobia which has frequently caused violent action, Malema said South Africans should welcome people from other African countries just as we were all welcomed by the Khoi and the San when Africans from the north travelled to Southern Africa to settle.
"None of us are from here, we come from the north and found the Khoi and the San when we settled here,” said Malema in a speech that was widely live tweeted. “The Khoi and the San welcomed us here. We should welcome others here the same way we were welcomed here."
Malema also said the name of South Africa needed to be changed. "South Africa, we still don't have a name until today because South Africa is not a name. It's a direction."
Asking people to register to vote in next year’s national and provincial elections he promised the EFF would work to have the country named Azania.
"We need a name for this beautiful country and that name will be given to this country by the EFF when we take over power in 2019. This country shall be declared Azania."
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