Economic Freedom Fighters Leader Julius Malema Speaks Highly of Naledi Chirwa: “We Are Grooming Her”

Economic Freedom Fighters Leader Julius Malema Speaks Highly of Naledi Chirwa: “We Are Grooming Her”

  • The Economic Freedom Fighters' Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema, quelled rumours that he was against Naledi Chirwa
  • This was after Chirwa made a public apology to the EFF after she could not attend Parliament
  • Malema said that the EFF is still grooming Chirwa to be a leader, and she has potential within the party structures

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with CA in the subject line.

Julius Malema snubbed rumours that the EFF is against Naledi Chirwa
Julius Malema put rumours that the Red Berets are sidelining Naledi Chirwa to rest. Images: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images and Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG – The Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, put to rest any notion that the Red Berets have their guns out for Naledi Chirwa. Malema curtly addressed the rumours that he was oppressing Chirwa.

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Malema talks about Chirwa

Professor JJ Tabane was interviewing Malema on his "Frank Dialogue" podcast. @jenna_original shared a clip of the interview on her X account. In the clip, Tabane asks Malema about the Chirwa saga, which created a social media uproar after she posted a public apology to the EFF. Many in the country slammed the party and accused them of forcing Chirwa to pen the apology.

Malema roasts feminists

In response, Malema slammed feminists and criticised them without mentioning anyone in particular. He also responded to claims that EFF was sidelining her after Chirwa was dropped to the bottom of the list of EFF candidates.

“There are 100 women on that list. You don’t see them. You don’t talk about them, and you want to pretend you’re talking for women when you’re talking for an individual. You just became a convenient feminist now.”

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He asked why people were not talking about EFF MPs Veronica Mente, Omphile Maotwe and Poppy Mailola, who are also on the list. He said the political party was grooming Chirwa to become one of the country's next leaders and called the furore surrounding her public apology a non-existent crisis.

“Naledi has huge potential. We are bringing her up, we are grooming her, and we cannot say we want to destroy a person and still have her on the list.”

Watch the video here:

South Africans comment on Malema's words

A few netizens shared their thoughts on what Malema said.

Big_Cres Sedutla said:

“Naledi was punished for her public apology. Malema showed his minions that anyone who brings disruption in his party will be dealt with harshly.”

Bomboh_N said:

“That list is not everything. She can still serve in her province if EFF gets into a coalition.”

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Kobe said:

“The thing about CiC is you will go at him guns blazing, and he will just simply paralyse you with one sentence.”

Malema calls on South African youth to make more babies

In another article, Briefly News reported that Julius Malema encouraged young people to make more babies.

Speaking at a rally in the Eastern Cape, Malema said that should the EFF come into power, they will increase social grants in South Africa, including the child grant. South Africans regarded his statements as careless.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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