- The Economic Freedom Fighters hosted a memorial service for the late Zimbabwean icon Robert Mugabe on Thursday
- Party leader Julius Malema gave the former president a heartfelt send-off, praising him for taking his country back regardless of the fallout
- Malema called for 'imperialist sanctions' to be lifted and for the country to be left in peace to thrive
Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters gave the late Robert Mugabe a true Red Beret send-off.
Briefly.co.za reported that the former Zimbabwean president had passed away in Singapore after battling an unknown illness.
Speaking at the service, Malema praised Zimbabwe for obtaining freedom without the 'sunset clauses' South Africa had needed to negotiate the birth of democracy in the nation:
"Mugabe was a guerrilla fighter, he fought Ian Smith and his armies and that is why today the people of Zimbabwe can speak freely. You can say whatever nonsense you want to say about them but theirs they got it through a barrel of the gun. Yours was negotiated and that is why you can't move from the sunset clauses."
Touching on xenophobia in South Africa, which had been in the spotlight last weeks after the death of a taxi driver sparked uprisings in Gauteng, Malema blasted those who targeted foreigners:
"You call them foreigners, what is the definition of a foreigner? Someone who comes into your country without papers and doesn't have anything to show. That includes you, you are foreigners because you have nothing to show."
As for the difficult economic times in Mugabe's country, which he is often blamed for, Malema was adamant that the true cause of these troubles had been sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe:
"That is what Zimbabwe is suffering from; when they took their land, when they took their economy, the imperialists imposed sanctions.Let the black Zimbabweans fail on their own without imperialist sanctions. We want the sanctions in Zimbabwe done away with. One day, when those sanctions are removed; some of you who are beating up Zimbabweans here, some of you who are hating on Zimbabweans here, are going to work for them."
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