After a tense few days, it seems like Julius Malema is ready to forgive Trevor Noah after the comedian mocked his quotes on white genocide last week. Juju was ribbed for some of his more infamous quotes during the segment, which included an instruction for police to “shoot at Parliament”.
Trevor Noah feels the love from Julius Malema
Noah came in for a bit of criticism from EFF supporters and Malema himself, who claimed that the famous son of Soweto had been bought by the ANC for their election campaign. Cyril Ramaphosa did meet Trevor Noah earlier this year, stoking the fires of conspiracy.
However, everyone – including Floyd Shivambu – seems to have calmed down a bit now. During the EFF Presser on Thursday, Julius Malema was keen to extend the olive branch to Noah, and implored South Africans to keep supporting the funnyman… “despite all of the nonsense“:
“We love Trevor Noah, he is our brother and he can say whatever he wants to say about me or the EFF. We wish him well and hope his joke was made genuinely.”
“South Africans should continue to support him, despite all the nonsense he said, he remains one of us. People say things to keep their jobs, we had that during the apartheid era. It’s not a new thing.”
Juju at the EFF press briefing
It’s not often you’ll see Julius Malema this jovial, and after a prickly encounter with a French reporter, it didn’t take long before he reverted to a more casual tone. He was full of praise for EFF supporters after their positive campaign at the 2019 Elections, even if that didn’t extend all the way to his party members.
Malema lambasted some councilors who failed to campaign to his robust standards. The CIC also promised that certain MPs would be removed from the current EFF set-up, despite their upwards growth.
The political firebrand also had time to criticise Cyril Ramaphosa, who he said was “worse than Zuma” for allegedly dragging-down the ANC’s share of the vote. Malema reiterated claims that Ramaphosa would not see out a full five-year term and predicted that factions within the ruling party would have him ousted in the next couple of years.