Malema pays tribute to Tsvangirai

ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema yesterday paid tribute to the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying South Africa should learn from what happened to him to guard democracy in that country.


Malema described as “nonsensical” the manner in which Tsvangirai was denied power by former President Robert Mugabe after winning elections in 2008, but was forced to get into a government of national unity after which he lost elections in 2013 to Mugabe.

“We say to the people of Zimbabwe, the Tsvangirai family, the friends and his colleagues in the MDC, please receive our revolutionary greetings,” he said.

“We may have not agreed with the politics of Morgan Tsvangirai, but we fully admit that indeed he won the elections and the regime didn’t allow him to become the leader of the people of Zimbabwe.”

He said those that lose elections must not be allowed to cling on to power.

“Here we will not allow nonsensical things like those that happened to you in Zimbabwe to happen. We say to you the people of South Africa we must learn from the mistakes of Zimbabwe and in honour of Morgan Tsvangirai not allow those who are in power to stay in power even when the will of the people indicate otherwise,” he said.

Yesterday, numerous other dignitaries from outside the country paid tribute to the role played by Tsvangirai in the democratisation of Zimbabwe and beyond at a public send off at the Freedom Square. The sendoff was attended by thousands of MDC-T supporters.

Meanwhile, Kenyan National Super Alliance coalition leader, Raila Odinha yesterday evening arrived in the country ahead of Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera today.

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, acting MDC-T president, Nelson Chamisa said the two leaders shared a lot in common and Odinga felt compelled to attend the burial of his counterpart.

“I have just received him this evening. He is here for the burial of our iconic leader. I will be going with him to Humanikwa tonight (yesterday). The two shared a lot in common that is fighting for democracy,” he said.

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  1. Well come Odinga you’re one of the bravest opposition leaders in Africa as good as our own Morgan Tsvangirai.

  2. Malema we need u through out Africa your are in right direction in terms of democracy and good governance I personally salute u.

  3. On Behalf of the People of Zimbabwe

    We welcome Mr Odinga! and thank Mr Malema for his kind words.

  4. Patrick Guramatunhu

    I can well believe what happened in Zimbabwe in 2008 would never happen in SA for two reasons:
    1) SA’s democratic institutions are strong and vibrant to allow such blatant vote rigging to happen let alone let those involved get away with it.

    2) Even with Zimbabwe’s corrupted state institution, there was a window of opportunity to stop Zanu PF staging the coup in 2008; sadly, Tsvangirai was such a “flawed and indecisive character,” as former USA Ambassador Chris Dell once said of the man, to do anything about it.

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