Malema warned to apologise to the Zulu king
FURIOUS EFF members in the King Cetshwayo District have instructed their leader, Julius Malema to apologise to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for insulting him.
Concerned EFF members made this statement during a media briefing held on Monday at Empangeni Library.
‘We wish to advise him not to set his foot in this province, unless he humbles himself before His Majesty and apologises unreservedly.
‘We have tried everything in our power to ask Malema to apologise to the King and the Zulu nation for the statement he made during the eNCA interview, where he is alleged to have said he feared no one, including the King.’
EFF’s former Regional Chairperson, Bheki Shabane distanced the party from Malema’s behaviour and apologised to the Zulu nation and the royal family for the insult.
‘When we brought this to his (Malema’s) attention and asked him to apologise, his response was, ‘You can go to hell’.
‘We were outraged by this,’ he said.
‘We decided to write to the EFF top six but that, too, did not produce any results. We don’t have any choice but to speak for ourselves.
‘We still value and have a high respect for the Zulu monarchy, the King and Amakhosi.
‘We still believe in the EFF land reform approach, but we are saying the land that was wrongfully taken from us by the apartheid regime should be returned to the rightful owners without compensation. By this we are not referring to the land under Ingonyama Trust.
‘Enough is enough, we’re sick and tired of Malema’s stubbornness - his remarks to our King made us angry
‘No one has a right to point fingers at the King and what he did shows a great disrespect. Malema sits next to Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi in parliament, and he can get more information about the land under Ingonyama Trust.
‘Buthelezi is a Zulu Prime Minister. He knows everything about our land, and he worked tirelessly to secure the remaining land.
‘He must be reminded we are also Zulus and we can’t betray our King, he must be aware that we support our King and are ready to protect him.
‘We think he is the one to go to hell first, we don’t want him here in this province until he apologises to our King and the Zulu nation,’ said Shabane.
The attempt to get a comment from EFF spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was unsuccessful and the EFF Secretary General, Godrich Gardee asked to be contacted after the funeral of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela next week for comment.
The concerned EFF members, Thandizwe Mthembu, Eugene Khumalo, Bheki Shabane and Nhlanhla Biyela singing in support of King Zwelithini after the media brie ng