Whilst many people in South Africa believe that in a situation where no realistic options are good, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government will have no choice but to accept the less terrible ones, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party sells a different narrative on social media – he says ‘easing lockdown will end in tears’.
His message of May 24 was proverbially timeous:
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) May 24, 2020
The EFF leader tweeted on Sunday night to voice his opinion after President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed plans to ‘upgrade’ the lockdown to Level 3 from 1 June. He didn’t really tweeted but his emoji spoke for him.
Like Malema’s most controversial stances, opinions were hotly divided across Mzanzi. Social media users were for and against him and they echoed their sentiments with their proverbial messages like he did.
— Emma 🇿🇦 (@Emma_Tsebe) May 24, 2020
After buying alcohol pic.twitter.com/CUTNctQKL9
— Baby Junior (@Prince_Kaybee1) May 24, 2020
Juju as he is fondly called has always been an Apostle of ‘be sure it is safe before easing lockdown because of the attendant dangers’.
It was always gonna end in tears, alcohol or not…. Wena just fight for the land Mr CiC. That's what we aks for. pic.twitter.com/oeglWaToYr
— Cellular ❁ (@robzinterris) May 24, 2020
Really bruh, is that what you have to say ☹️😞. Wait till a close one dies you'll feel the heat😞😞😞😞😞. pic.twitter.com/Gxr8mnP0tI
— Baby_jesus365 (@BJesus365) May 24, 2020
Who’s tears? All your party can do is be negative, you should be performing your role by challenging regulations you don’t agree with but here you are. Tweeting, book clubs, jazz hours… no solutions
— Bra Tito (@fan_mboweni) May 24, 2020
The EFF had come to out oppose easing of the national to Level 3 in South Africa, issuing what seemed like a prophetic warning in response to Ramaphosa’s speech on Sunday evening: “The EFF rejects, with deep sadness, what is effectively the ending of the Covid-19 lockdown. The announcement by Ramaphosa must be read as a resignation speech from fighting Covid-19 and saving lives, especially black lives.”
Malema, who turned 39 March this year is a Member of Parliament and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013.
He’d served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012 and had been a member of the ANC from the age of nine until his ouster from the party in April 2012 at the age of thirty-one.