By Idah Mhetu
SOUTH Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has torn into African youths who he said were content with getting freebies in order to take part in governance issues.
Malema was addressing journalists soon after paying his condolences to former First Lady Grace on the death of former President Robert Mugabe.
The South African politician said African youths need to know the things that matter and take part in politics to shape a future for themselves.
“We the youths must stop suffering from political apathy and take the future into our own hands. Young people must wake up and take politics seriously,” he said.
Malema said African youths are easily swayed by things that matter little in life.
“When it comes to voting, they do not vote; when it comes to political participation, they don’t participate. They have given themselves to other things other than what matters and which is politics,” he added.
EFF parliamentarian Vuyani Pombo viewing Mugabe’s body
The EFF leader urged the youths in Africa to take voting seriously and not have their leaders bribe them with food and trinkets.
“If you go to America and other developed countries, they take voting very serious but here you have to beg people with material things for them to vote. They will not take part if there is no food,” he said.
“The youths of Africa, not only Zimbabwe, must wake up and take charge.”
Malema views Mugabe’s body at the former leader’s private Harare home
Malema jetted in on Monday morning and spent hours at Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion meeting Grace.
Mugabe died September 6 in Singapore where he had been frequenting since his time as President for cancer treatment.
His family has delayed burial after requesting that a mausoleum be built for him at the National Heroes Acre.
Mugabe was declared a national hero and a State funeral was held in his honour.
EFF leader Julius Malema on arrival at the Robert Mugabe International Airport Monday morning