Malema calls for respect for women after a gigantic ‘tree has fallen’

JOHANNESBURG- Julius Malema speaking at the EFF’s memorial for Winnie Madikizela Mandela in Majwemasweu Stadium in Deeplevel Brandfort, spoke about his close relationship with Mam Winnie, the differences they had but was clear when he called for the respect of all women, both in politics and at home.

He said, “[Women] are capable of doing what men can do. They can operate an AK47. Winnie Mandela is such an example that women can carry an AK47.”

Malema viewed women leaders as soldiers who are equal to their male counterparts, “The first female president must come from the EFF to demonstrate that we are not scared of women. We see them as equals. We do not see them as the ANC, as a tool to be used in the bedroom.”

He accused the ANC of not celebrating Madikizela, saying it “could not embrace the shine of an African rural woman”.

“He (OR Tambo) might have not used a tyre and a box of matches, [but] he used an automatic rifle shooting at those who were regarded as sell-outs and impimpis.

“But when an African woman says: ‘Let’s do that which they are doing in exile,’ it is wrong.

“Why is nobody reminding us of what Joe Modise did, [or] Chris Hani, [or] OR Tambo, but we are reminded of what a woman has done because a woman has done that which should have been done by men.”

Malema spoke of Mama Winnie unable to become president, “All because she must be found guilty of murder so that she does not qualify [to be] deputy president. People say here that you were given [former president [Jacob] Zuma by Malema. Zuma became deputy president of the ANC in 1997 in Mafikeng when Winnie Mandela was prevented from contesting.”

He added, “A gigantic tree of the people under whose comforting shades many generations sat and were embraced by its millions of branches during moments of despondency, directionless, tragedy and distress.

“It was the tree that grows out of the grass of so much pain and sorrow. The pain of human suffering perpetrated by those that wage the gardens of hatred, unethical oppression and mass murder.”

Photo Credit- EWN

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