A recent eye-opening interview, Julius Malema, a prominent leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and a major player in the country’s political scene, has shed light on his relationship with former President Jacob Zuma, revealing a major fallout triggered by Gwede Mantashe, the current Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.
Malema spilled the beans on how things went south with Zuma due to Mantashe’s intervention. Their relationship was going strong until the meddling of Mantashe disrupted the peace. Recalling events from the pivotal Mangaung conference in 2012, Malema and his colleague Fikile Mbalula attempted to remove Mantashe from his position. In response, Mantashe issued a strong warning, threatening exile for those opposing him.
The plot thickens with Mantashe’s alleged manipulation of Zuma. He reportedly misled Zuma by falsely claiming that Malema and Mbalula were plotting to take over the presidency. Sadly, Zuma fell for this deception, damaging the friendship he once shared with Malema.
Malema didn’t hold back when expressing his disdain for Blade Nzimande, the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation. He even went so far as to call Nzimande useless and accused him of achieving success through cunning strategies rather than genuine merit.
Malema’s candid revelations offer a unique glimpse into the intricate world of South African politics, unveiling the complex relationships that shape the nation’s political landscape. The fallout between Malema and Zuma, fueled by Mantashe’s intervention and alleged deceit, highlights the delicate balance of power and influence within the country’s political sphere.
As the discussion about South African politics unfolds, Malema’s revelations are set to spark more debates and discussions. They promise to provide deeper insights into the internal dynamics and alliances that drive the nation’s political course. This revelation serves as a stark reminder of the multifaceted nature of politics in South Africa and the complexities that influence its trajectory.
I was in good books with Jacob Zuma for a very long time until Gwede Mantashe entered between us
Mbalula and I wanted Gwede out in Mangaung 2012. Gwede said anyone who fights me I will change him to the river & never come back
He went to fool Zuma that we are… pic.twitter.com/nxR9Y74wuS
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