The EFF leader, Julius Malema, has shockingly admitted that he has forgiven former president Jacob Zuma.
As reported by Sowetan Live, Malema was addressing a crowd of congregants at the Apostolic Faith Mission River of Life in Tshwane, on Sunday, after a church service.
It is hard to judge the sentiment behind Malema’s announcement. The two political leaders have shared a tumultuous past.
The ethos of Julius Malema relationship with Jacob Zuma
Before Malema was expelled from the ANC Youth League for largely his raucous behaviour, he drew the proverbial line between himself and Zuma, a duo that was once the most influential in South African politics.
During Zuma’s turbulent tenure as the head of state and president of the ANC, Malema led the charge in his battles with the judiciary and the media.
He was the great wall of protection that also drove the ‘we will kill for Zuma’ to the heights it reached, garnering great support from the Free State, Northern Cape and Ngxamalala’s hometown, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
It was never explicitly stated why the higher-ups of the ANC decided to dismiss their radical youth leader. After all, Malema being around did well to deflect negative attention away from Zuma.
Nonetheless, it happened, and a few years later, the commander in chief (CIC) of the red berets leads the infamous political party with rigor and an iron fist.
Malema forgives Zuma
Malema revealed to the crowd outside the church that the service being about forgiveness was what brought about the thought to set things aside with Zuma.
“We came here for wisdom and since the priest was telling us about forgiveness as politicians, we must now forgive Zuma. We forgive him for the sake of the priest because we cannot go against the word of the priest,” said Malema.
It will be interesting to see if these two will cuddle up to the idea of rebuilding the bridge of forgiveness.
It would surely be of great concern to the ruling party, as well as the country’s political landscape, if things get any cosier between the two.
Source: The southAfrican