- Julius Malema has condemned Thabo Mbeki's call for action against Zindzi Mandela
- This follows Mandela's controversial tweets about land reform
- The EFF says that they stand behind Mandela
EFF leader Julius Malema has criticised former president Thabo Mbeki's response to the controversial tweets posted by ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela.
This comes after Mbeki urged that disciplinary action be taken against Mandela.
On Twitter, Malema accused Mbeki of launching an "assault [on] the Winnie Mandela household".
Zindzi Mandela had stoked controversy last week when she posted a tweet about land reform, in which she referred to "land thieves" and "white cowards". The posts drew significant backlash, with AfriForum calling for Mandela's dismissal. However, others - like EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi - rallied to Mandela's defence.
According to The Citizen, Mbeki was critical of Mandela's statements. Reportedly, the former president said "if Zindzi Mandela's tweets are inconsistent with what the president is saying, then that cannot be allowed".
In response, the EFF issued a public statement condemning Mbeki's comments. In the statement, they say that the former president did not have enough knowledge on the Mandela matter to make a comment.
Additionally, the Red Berets accuse Mbeki of having "failed with flying colours to resolve the land question", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The party also said that they stand behind Mandela and that they consider her comments to be "not only right, she represents a genuine cry of of many generations of African people".
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