Zanu-PF blasts Malema over Zimbabwe visit: 'Puppet of the West'

Zanu-PF blasts Malema over Zimbabwe visit: 'Puppet of the West'

- Zimbabwean political party Zanu-PF is apparently unimpressed with Julius Malema following his visit to the country

- The party slammed the EFF leader for using his visit to the Mugabe family to score 'cheap' political points

- Malema had made the trip to pay his respects to the late Robert Mugabe at his Blue Roof residence

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Zanu-PF has lashed out at Julius Malema following his recent trip to Zimbabwe after the death of former president Robert Mugabe.

TimesLIVE reports that the EFF leader had irked the nation's ruling party during a media briefing where he condemned 'chancers' who wished to overtake Mugabe's legacy at the expense of his surviving family members. reported that there had been conflict between the state and the Mugabe family over where the ex-president's final resting place should be.

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Malema had called for the family to have the final say in the matter, which prompted a lashing from the political party.

Spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo had released a statement on the matter, dubbing Malema a 'puppet' of the West, accusing him of grandstanding:

“In that regard, the party finds it reprehensible for Julius Malema to use such a solemn and sombre occasion to spew political propaganda and to score cheap political mileage.”

News Day Zimbabwe reported that Malema had been 'reminded' of his place in politics:

“Malema needs to be reminded that his illusion to equate youthful exuberance and verbosity for wisdom and grounded intellectuality exposes him for the political novice which he is."

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over the presence of Robert Mugabe's body in the family home, but a family member has indicated that it was embalmed while in Singapore and will still be in a good condition when his burial ground has been completed.

Mugabe had been in the country receiving chemotherapy for cancer, eventually stopping treatment when it proved ineffective.

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