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Julius Malema: Zimbabweans Go Home, Vote Out Mnangagwa Government


FILE: Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party addresses supporters at the party's final election rally ahead of the country's May 8 poll, in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 5, 2019.

The leader of South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says Zimbabweans should go back home to vote in large numbers in order to remove President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

In a video posted on the EFF’s social media platform, Twitter, Julius Malema, who addressed party members at a Freedom Day event, is quoted as saying, “Zanu PF has destroyed what was a promising land of Zimbabwe. The current leader of Zimbabwe is clueless like the South African leader. They are the same, they are like twins. So, the people of Zimbabwe, we want to make a plea. When you are here is South Africa don’t worry you are at home but when they are elections are home, go there in your numbers. Go and vote and remove that nonsense that is happening in Zimbabwe and come back when you want to come back. You cannot just fold your hands.

“The people of Zimbabwe must rise here is South Africa and go and vote for a proper government in Zimbabwe. If they have to come back, they can come back. They are welcome. No problem. But let’s help each other so that there is a proper government in Zimbabwe and we will have a proper government in South Africa and we become one big family.

He said Zimbabweans should not think that all is well back home as they are in South Africa.

“Let’s not forget that as Zimbabweans we have got a duty back home to deliver a progressive government that will respect human rights, that will make sure the economy of Zimbabwe grows, that will make sure it defeats poverty and unemployment. A developing Zimbabwe is a solution to the problems of South Africa. So, we want to help Africans who are helping themselves.”

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba and Information Secretary Nick Mangwana were unreachable for comment.

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