EFF to host memorial service for late Robert Mugabe addressed by Malema
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will hold a memorial for the late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
The party issued a media alert for the service on Monday via its social media accounts.
The service will be held on Thursday, 12 September at the Orlando East Community Hall in Soweto, Johannesburg.
EFF leader Julius Malema will be the keynote speaker.
Mugabe to be laid to rest in Harare
Mugabe passed away in Singapore on Friday, 6 September while undergoing treatment. He was 95 years old.
Reports by Zim Morning Post indicate that he will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
According to SABC‘s foreign editor Sophie Mokoena, the official funeral will be held on Saturday, 14 September and the burial on Sunday, 15 September.
‘We know our heroes’
Malema described Mugabe as a hero in his first reaction to news of the latter’s passing.
In a tweet he posted on Friday, the EFF leader called for the protection of Mugabe’s legacy.
We must not allow our enemies to tell us how to remember him; we know our heroes.Julius Malema
His vociferous defence of the late president’s legacy however sparked intense debate on social media.
Many disagreed with him, arguing that Mugabe’s legacy is a mixed one at best given the current state of Zimbabwe’s economy.
Among them was Deputy Public Protector Kevin Sifiso Malunga, who tweeted:
Don’t expect those of us who were born in a prosperous Zimbabwe which is now a shadow of its former self to mourn Robert Mugabe. It doesn’t work like that.Kevin Sifiso Malunga