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Mbuyiseni Ndlozi: ConCourt ruling has ‘confirmed that Afrikaans must fall’

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has said Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling on Stellenbosch University’s language policy confirms that “Afrikaans must fall.”

The Court upheld the university’s 2016 decision to give preference to English over Afrikaans as the main medium of teaching under certain circumstances.

In a Twitter post, Ndlozi said “the ‘End of Afrikaans’ as a language of domination is being consolidated.”

He was seemingly directing his tweet at those “who seek [Afrikaans’] usage to maintain dominance and exclusivity.”

ConCourt’s language policy ruling

The Constitutional Court ruled that Stellenbosch University’s decision was aimed at enabling equitable access to “black students who are not conversant with Afrikaans.”

It found that retaining the previous policy that gave preference to Afrikaans would have excluded non-Afrikaans speakers from full participation at the university.

A number of political figures have welcomed the ruling, including Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

He tweeted, “The debate is now officially over – an Afrikaans-only academic institution cannot be justified.”

Ndlozi’s followers react

Ndlozi’s tweet sparked an intense debate among his followers. Some argued that he had misunderstood the ruling.

Adrian John Kennedy replied, “I wish you would just read and understand the judgment. It enforces the 2016 language policy of the university which still preserves and maintains Afrikaans alongside English.

“How does this translate to the Court confirming, on your allegation, that Afrikaans must fall?”

Langale Balele added, “Please read with understanding if you are capable of that scarce South African skill.”

Others, such as Luke Waltham, agreed with Ndlozi: “As a student at Stellenbosch University and a member of the progressive forces calling for transformation, we welcome this and hope that all mechanisms and systems of oppression are dismantled.”

Uganda’s govt bans wearing of red beret, opposition’s trademark inspired by EFF

The Ugandan government has banned the public from wearing the red beret, which is the trademark symbol of Uganda’s prominent opposition leader Bobi Wine.

The country’s army designated the red beret and tunic as “official military clothing” on Monday, AFP reports.

This means that civilians wearing them run the risk of being arrested and imprisoned.

‘A sham’

In a statement, Bobi Wine slammed the ban as “a sham.”

It is a blatant attempt to suffocate a successful threat to the autocratic status quo. But People Power is more than a red beret, we are bigger than our symbol.

Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, set aside a successful career as a musician to become an activist and opposition politician.

He is one of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s fiercest opponents and has vowed to contest him in the country’s 2021 elections.

He adopted the red beret as his trademark symbol soon after it was popularised by Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in South Africa.

Frequent detentions

Ugandan authorities have frequently detained Bobi Wine for leading anti-government protests.

In September 2018, he had to seek hospital treatment in the United States after a stint in police custody.

73-year-old Museveni has been Uganda’s president since 1986 when he seized power after leading an armed rebellion.

In July, Uganda’s highest court approved a constitutional change removing the presidential age limit of 75 that was previously in place.

This allows Museveni to seek a sixth term as president in 2021.

Sisulu: Malema would not have formed EFF if Winnie Mandela was ANC president

Lindiwe Sisulu says Julius Malema and others would not have formed their own party if the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was President of the African National Congress (ANC).

Sisulu, an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member, made the comments at a memorial lecture for Madikizela-Mandela in Ngqamakhwe, Eastern Cape, on Thursday.

Imagine further, if she was the president of the ANC, would there have been the creation of the EFF?

Not that I begrudge them the right to exist, but I am certain that with Mam’ Winnie at the helm of the leadership of the ANC, they would not have created their own organisation.

Lindiwe Sisulu

She said EFF’s policies are a “radical expression” of ANC’s policies.

She further suggested that ANC would not have lost three metros at 2016’s local government elections if the EFF was not formed.

‘Patriarchal tendencies’

Sisulu recalled how Madikizela-Mandela felt compelled to withdraw her candidature for ANC deputy president at the party’s 1997 elective conference.

Had she contested and won, she would have likely succeeded former President Thabo Mbeki.

Instead, Jacob Zuma was elected deputy president and later became ANC and state President.

Sisulu said with Madikizela-Mandela as president, “patriarchal tendencies” in the ANC and society would have been “attended to.”

“She would not have allowed us to be where we are right now,” she said.

Sisulu further hailed Madikizela-Mandela as a feminist.

Tributes for Winnie Mandela

The revered anti-apartheid struggle stalwart passed away in April 2018.

South Africa marked what would have been her 83rd birthday on Thursday, 26 September.

In a tweet, President Cyril Ramaphosa described her as a “freedom fighter and revolutionary.”

“She was fierce and unwavering in her fight against injustice, dedicated to the total emancipation of her people,” Ramaphosa added.

EFF also tweeted, “Revolutionary Happy Birthday to a liberator, a freedom fighter, and mother of the nation, Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.”

ZANU-PF lambasts ‘political novice’ Malema for anti-Mnangagwa comments

Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF has lambasted Julius Malema for his recent comments against President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

ZANU-PF slammed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader as a “political novice” who is a “puppet” and “decorated stooge” of the West.

Mnangagwa ‘tormented’ Mugabe

Malema kicked off the controversy during his visit to Zimbabwe on 23 September.

He visited Mugabe’s widow, former First Lady Grace Mugabe, to offer his condolences following Mugabe’s passing on 6 September.

After his meeting with the ex-First Lady, Malema criticised Mnangagwa for “tormenting Mugabe.”

The EFF leader also accused Zimbabwe’s government for “disrespecting” Mugabe’s final wishes by imposing burial arrangements on his family.

ZANU-PF hits back

In a statement, ZANU-PF hit back at Malema, describing him as a “restless and careless” leader.

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.

That Malema is now a decorated stooge at the mercy of our yesteryear colonisers is now a public secret as exhibited by his constant verbiage against African leaders and their respective countries.

ZANU-PF

It slammed Malema for using a “sombre occasion” to score cheap political points.

The party also took a dim view of Malema’s criticism of the African Union and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

It reaffirmed Mugabe as a “global revolutionary icon” and said it was sad to have a “puppet” of former colonisers demeaning what he stood for.

Malema not a fan of Mnangagwa

The EFF leader has not yet reacted to ZANU-PF’s statement. However, he is known for his anti-Mnangagwa’s views.

He openly supported Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) Nelson Chamisa, who was Mnangagwa’s main opponent in Zimbabwe’s August 2018 elections.

In April this year, he called the Zimbabwean president a “sellout” for planning to compensate white farmers whose land was expropriated in 2000.

EFF on Heritage Day: ‘Die Stem must fall from our national anthem’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has once again spoken out against Die Stem.

In a statement issued on Tuesday to mark Heritage Day, the party referred to it as an “apartheid celebrating anthem.”

We call on President Ramaphosa to remove the apartheid celebrating anthem from democratic South Africa’s anthem.

Die Stem must fall from our national anthem and be banned in the same way as the apartheid flag has been banned by our courts.

EFF

EFF said no one should take pride in singing Die Stem because it is “a direct insult to the very constitutional objectives of healing the divisions of the past.”

It accused the African National Congress (ANC) of facilitating “mental slavery” of black people by socialising them into accepting Die Stem.

Land expropriation

The party reiterated its call for land expropriation without compensation so that Heritage Day can have true meaning.

The beginning of all heritage is the land; the foundation of African people’s claim to any heritage is the land. Without the land all else is meaningless.

EFF

It further demanded the abolition of all “apartheid and colonial public signs” such as statues.

Street and public property names such as Kruger National Park must be renamed, EFF said.

It repeated its call for renaming of Cape Town International Airport after the late Winnie Mandela and East London airport after Steve Biko.

‘No to Braai Day rubbish’

EFF leader Julius Malema also separately tweeted against using “Braai Day’ to refer to Heritage Day.

Malema pokes fun at media with adorable pics: ‘Inform Stratcom to download’

Julius Malema has poked fun at sections of the media with adorable snaps of himself and his wife Mantwa Matlala Malema.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader shared the snaps on Twitter on Saturday evening.

He accompanied them with the caption, “The Parents of the boys; playing with other kids. You can inform #Stratcom to come and download. Congratulations #PotlakiWedsTumi.”

The elegantly dressed couple was apparently attending a friend’s wedding-related event.

The photos have gone viral, racking up well over 11,000 likes so far.

‘Stratcom’ vs Malema

Malema has repeatedly dismissed some media houses and journalists as “Stratcom.”

It’s a reference to the infamous apartheid’s “strategic communications” propaganda machinery that targeted certain anti-apartheid leaders such as the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

According to Malema and EFF, the modern-day “Stratcom” is engaged in dissemination of anti-EFF propaganda.

The EFF leader went as far as “banning” investigative journalism units amaBhungane and Daily Maverick‘s Scorpio from the party’s events.

Recent allegations

This follows Scorpio‘s recent report that claimed Malema used a bank card linked to his cousin’s company, Mahuna Investments, to fund his lifestyle.

Mahuna Investments is alleged to have irregularly received millions from the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank.

Malema denied the claims, suggesting that his “brothers” travel with him all the time and may have been the ones who made the card transactions.

Another report by amaBhungane recently claimed Afrirent paid for a tractor that Malema gifted a community in Seshego, Limpopo, last year.

The report alleged that Afrirent may have benefitted from EFF’s influence to win a fleet contract at the City of Johannesburg.

It further suggested that the tractor, as well as an earlier alleged R500,000 payment to Mahuna Investments, constituted “kickbacks” to EFF.

Both EFF and Afrirent have denied the allegations.

Malema’s pro-Mugabe, anti-xenophobia comments win praise from Ghana’s ex-president

Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings has praised Julius Malema for his recent pro-Robert Mugabe and anti-xenophobia comments.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Rawlings said the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader has “done many proud.”

Congratulations and thank you @Julius_S_Malema. Your address at the EFF Mugabe funeral and your press conference on the scourge of xenophobia were impressive and to the point.

No one could have put these issues any more reproachfully and correctly than you did. You have done many proud.

Ghana’s ex-president Jerry Rawlings

This isn’t the first time Malema has won praise for his staunch opposition to xenophobia.

Popular comedian Trevor Noah similarly applauded him earlier this month.

He posted a video of Malema speaking at a press conference on Twitter and wrote, “I don’t always agree with Julius Malema but this statement on xenophobic attacks in SA is perfect.”

Mugabe ‘a pan-Africanist’

During EFF’s memorial service for the late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on 12 September, Malema heaped praise on him as a pan-Africanist.

He spoke strongly against “western imperialism” that attempted to depose Mugabe from power.

He declared that “our enemies” could not tell Africans how to remember Mugabe.

Unlike South African leaders, Mugabe gave back the land to his people, Malema stated.

Apology to Africans

In the press conference that Rawlings cited, Malema apologised to Africans for the recent xenophobic unrest.

Please, find it in your good heart to forgive us. We’re sorry. We’re ashamed of ourselves and we sincerely apologise for this madness.

Julius Malema

He also appealed to South Africans to stop targeting foreign nationals and their businesses.

When you’re done with Nigerians, when you’re done with Mozambicans and Zimbabweans and Zambians, you’re going to go for Shangaans from Giyani. I have to stop you now before you come to me.

Julius Malema

The EFF leader strongly advocated for the abolishment of borders in Africa.

Floyd Shivambu denies claim he paid for swanky Range Rover with VBS money

Floyd Shivambu has denied a report claiming he bought a Range Rover Sport using funds flowing from the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank.

In a tweet on Friday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President dismissed the report as “lies.”

The Hawks investigation

Mail & Guardian published the report on Friday.

It alleged that investigators from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (The Hawks) believe VBS funds were used to purchase the swanky car.

Their investigation is reportedly pursuing the money trail from VBS to Sgameka and Grand Azania, two companies associated with Shivambu’s brother, Brian Shivambu.

However, Shivambu told Mail & Guardian that the Hawks have not contacted him about any investigation relating to the Range Rover.

He said he bought the car “long before I even knew there’s a bank called VBS.”

He added that he eventually sold it to his cousin Musa Shivambu in December 2018.

‘Journalists still write lies’

The EFF deputy president repeated his denial on Twitter on Friday morning.

Despite illustration that the car I own was bought through a trade in of a car financed long before any VBS and that the difference paid is nowhere close to the R1 million, the Foolish M&G stooge Journalists still write lies of Werkmans & Bernard Hotz (Pauli van Wyk’s friend).

Floyd Shivambu

Werkmans Attorneys is the firm that conducted the investigation that traced VBS money outflows to Sgameka, Grand Azania, and Mahuna Investments. Bernard Hotz is its litigator.

Mahuna Investments is owned by EFF leader Julius Malema’s cousin, Matsobane Phaleng.

Pauli van Wyk is a Daily Maverick Scorpio investigative journalist.

She recently published a report claiming Malema used a bank card linked to Mahuna Investments to fund his lifestyle.

Malema denied the allegations.

Company that won Joburg contract ‘paid for tractor Malema gifted community’

A company that won a R1billion fleet contract with the City of Johannesburg allegedly paid for a tractor that Julius Malema “gifted” a community in Limpopo, amaBhungane reports.

AmaBhungane previously reported that Afrirent paid Mahuna Investments, a company linked to Malema, R500,000.

This was just before Afrirent scored the fleet rental contract despite reportedly scoring badly in the procurement process.

This led to allegations that the payment was a “kickback” to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for helping Afrirent win the contract, amaBhungane reported.

It was alleged at the time that EFF was using its bargaining power in municipalities to influence procurement processes.

Both EFF and Afrirent denied the allegations.

‘New evidence’

However, amaBhungane claims new evidence links Malema, EFF and Afrirent despite the denials.

Vukani Agri, the supplier of the tractor that Malema donated, reportedly confirmed that Afrirent paid for it.

An unnamed Vukani Agri representative told the investigative journalism unit:

The tractor was bought from us and we were asked that we deliver it very urgently just before Christmas.

We were told the tractor was a donation to a community in Polokwane. Afrirent paid in full.

We were given the address where we had to deliver, and the next thing there was an article in the media with Malema on the tractor.

Vukani Agri representative

However, Afrirent denied making “any donation to any political party in exchange for contracts.”

EFF leader Malema and the party have not commented on the latest allegations.

‘Work the land’

The EFF posted pictures on social media of Malema donating the tractor to the Seshego community, where he hails from, in December 2018.

It said in a tweet, “CIC @Julius_S_Malema gifted the community of Seshego with a tractor which will make it possible for them to work the land.”

A few days later, Malema donated a similar tractor to Ward 10 in Blood River, Limpopo.

Malema declares Scorpio, amaBhungane ‘enemies of revolution,’ bans them from EFF events

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has declared investigative journalism units amaBhungane and Scorpio as “enemies of the revolution.”

He also banned them from attending EFF events.

Malema made the declaration at the party’s memorial service for the late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday.

We declare them as an enemy of the revolution, they should never participate in our events, we should never answer any question from amaBhungane, Daily Maverick from Scorpio. Let them write any nonsense they want to write about us.

EFF leader Julius Malema

He claimed that it’s actually Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan who “writes their questions.”

VBS money

Malema was reacting to a recent report by Scorpio that claims he spent money flowing from the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank.

According to the report, Malema used a bank card linked to Mahuna Investments, a company owned by his cousin, to fund his lifestyle.

Mahuna Investments allegedly received R5.3 million from Sgameka Projects, which is alleged to have received R16.1 million from VBS.

Sgameka Projects is owned by Brian Shivambu, the brother of EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.

Denied allegations

Malema denied the allegations earlier this week.

He suggested that his brothers always travel with him and are the ones who made the card transactions.

At the memorial, he asked why Scorpio does not write about African National Congress (ANC) leaders alleged to have received VBS funds.

He wondered why there are no “diagrams” showing how President Cyril Ramaphosa raised money for his CR17 campaign.

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