An­other feather in Juju's cap

EFF leader sur­prises many by ob­tain­ing sec­ond de­gree

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bonolo Sekudu

NOT so long ago, Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighter (EFF) Com­man­der-in-Chief, Julius Malema, was the laugh­ing stock of the coun­try when his dis­mal ma­tric re­sults were leaked to the me­dia. To­day the proud fa­ther of two has two de­grees un­der his belt from the Univer­sity of South Africa (Unisa).


In 2011, Juju en­rolled for a BA de­gree in pol­i­tics and grad­u­ated in 2016. Many peo­ple did not know that he was fur­ther­ing his stud­ies and many jaws dropped at the an­nounce­ment that he would be grad­u­at­ing.

He re­cently sur­prised many when he grad­u­ated yet again with a BA hon­ours de­gree in phi­los­o­phy. How­ever, him fur­ther­ing his stud­ies is not re­ally sur­pris­ing at all as he has al­ways been can­did about his views on ed­u­ca­tion, be it with his open sup­port for cam­paigns such as #FeesMustFall or pri­ori­tis­ing ed­u­ca­tion in the party’s man­i­festo.

Julius is not the only ed­u­cated one in the party as the deputy pres­i­dent, Floyd Shivambu, ob­tained a masters de­gree in po­lit­i­cal stud­ies and the party’s spokesper­son, Dr Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi, ob­tained a PhD also in po­lit­i­cal stud­ies.


Julius’ grad­u­a­tion was the talk­ing point on Twit­ter, with the #Male­maGrad­u­a­tion trend­ing on the day of his grad­u­a­tion. Not only were the tweets from young peo­ple singing praises to the 36-year-old leader, some prom­i­nent lead­ers also con­grat­u­lated him.

For­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor, Thuli Madon­sela, tweeted, “Con­grat­u­la­tions @Julius_S_Malema for an­other de­gree. You are set­ting a great ex­am­ple for lead­ers (that) we need to tackle to­day’s chal­lenges.” Sibu­siso ‘DJ Sbu’ Leope, who in the past had a Twar (Twit­ter war) with Juju over po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, also took time to post a pic­ture of Julius in his grad­u­a­tion gown, con­grat­u­lat­ing him for his achieve­ment.


The two most im­por­tant women in his life, his grand­mother and wife, were dressed to the nines for the mo­men­tous grad­u­a­tion.

Juju’s af­fec­tion for th­ese two women is pub­lic knowl­edge. He al­ways cred­its his grand­mother for rais­ing him and his wife for mak­ing him the man he is. Fel­low EFF mem­bers also oc­cu­pied the front row seats at the grad­u­a­tion hall and chanted slo­gans when their leader was called to the stage. Julius could not be reached for com­ment at the time of go­ing to print.


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