South African Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema’s powerful speech at Winnie Mandela’s funeral on Sunday has become an internet sensation with people from across the continent borrowing his bare-knuckled criticism of hypocrites to relate their own situations.
Malema had no mercy for those he said betrayed Nelson Mandela’s first wife to the apartheid regime and even disowned her and yet were crying the loudest following her death. He, however, said he did not know how to deal with them since she never told him how, adding he was waiting for a signal.
Kenyans on Twitter are among those participating in the #JuliusMalemaChallenge with some suggesting a similar speech should be delivered during liberation hero Kenneth Matiba’s funeral. Others urged the veteran politician, who died on Sunday as a result of complications he suffered while in prison, to send them early signals on how to deal with those who persecuted him.
Here are some of the posts:
Julius Malema unknowingly under 10 minutes restructured and changed how Africans will be mourning their heroes. We will call out all the hypocrites & betrayors in beautiful suits.#JuliusMalemaChallenge is by being truthful. #RIPMATIBA send us early signals how to deal with them pic.twitter.com/2rr0USi3ZZ
— Dr.SBJ-Kabonyi,OGW (@samba_juma) April 15, 2018
We need a, ‘Julius Malema,’ to speak at Matiba’s funeral. We know the snakes who caused him pain are gonna be there pretending to be sad!
They are here mama! Give us a signal on how to deal with them.
— GATHONI ?? (@QueenGathoni) April 16, 2018
— Winjoy Marangu (@winjoy_marangu) April 15, 2018
@orengo_james was the original Malema. Watch how those who tortured Matiba (Moi), sat by as his businesses were auctioned (Kibaki), and refused to process the payment of Matiba’s court award for the torture (Uhuru) now send eloquent messages of condolence. #FakeTears#RIPMatibahttps://t.co/GgleuDGgOi
— (#OptimistForever ?) (@okothkenneth) April 16, 2018
Mama even those who pretend to be busy on their phone in the club and when you put a mzinga on the table they become friendly; they are here Mama. Give us a signal on how to deal with them. #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Stephen Musyoka (@smusyoka) April 15, 2018
Those who add us into Whatsup Groups without our permission are here and they get so much offended when we leave – we are waiting for a signal on how to deal with them Mama. #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Silas Jakakimba (@silasjakakimba) April 15, 2018
Even those who fought against this constitution and fought against democracy, they are now here posing as democrats and progressives
Give us a sign mama, we are waiting #JuliusMalemaChallenge#JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Katiba Institute (@katibainstitute) April 15, 2018
Mama, even the youths who voted on October 26 for this regime are here and whining more than us that jobs are going for old people and age limit is being extended to keep such oldies on the job….give us a SIGNAL ?#JuliusMalemaChallenge
— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) April 15, 2018
— KS (@KwaneleSandiswa) April 16, 2018
Even those who accept our mpesa & don’t send tokens back. They’re here mama. Give us a sign on how to deal with KPLC #JuliusMalemachallenge
— Exceedingrace (@katnyaga) April 15, 2018
— ?Tshabakefete?? (@TshepoFana2) April 14, 2018
— Malusi Mnisi (@MalusiPMnisi) April 15, 2018