Barely a week after the “Father of the Nation” was taken to hospital for yet another lung infection treatment, his family said he is recovering well – sign of relief to his people.
However, South African controversial, deposed, ANC youth league leader, Julius Malema took the world by surprise to launch his own political party at the time when the entire nation was instead praying hard for the speedy recovery of Nelson Mandela.
The timing of the launch was not just betraying but also a proof that Malema, who gained cheap popularity by supporting President Jacob Zuma before becoming his bitter critic and archrival is just a heartless and dim-witted politician.
From the “Shoot the Boer song” to the unrest after the killing of the striking mine workers to land resettlement reforms in Zimbabwe, Malema has always tried to play smart on the South African people, especially when there is a crisis or an attention drawing event on the news.
One do not need to be a militant of ANC to sympathise with the nation when Mandela who fought for the freedom of white , coloured and black South Africans is taken ill.
If the entire world held its breath when Mandela was said to be in a serious state suffering from another lung infection, Malema would have taken a second thought before going ahead to declare the creation of another political party, Party Political Platform.
Politics, policies and patience
Every young, aspiring politician in South Africa or even Africa would try to borrow a page from Mandela‘s selfless loyalty to his course to save and serve his people.
At 32, Malema , therefore, can’t pretend to be an exception, and even if he is one, he should have at least given some respect to Mandela, who everyone that knows his historic voyage of freedom always want to identify with him.
Economic freedom fighters or simply freedom fighters would obviously want to collaborate with each other even if their ideas or approaches are conflicting.
With Mandela synonymous to ANC, Malema most have been planning to spoil the party in case Mandela lost the battle of life.
It is pointless to say that if Malema can today dress elegantly and enjoy the freedom to take to the podium to talk without fear or threat, it has all been thanks to the fight for freedom in South Africa that Mandela started when Malema was not even born.
Anyone that knows Malema would agree that the “reckless populist” is power drunk but seems to be running faster than his shadow or trying to bite than he can chew or gulp down.
Mandela never rose to fame in one day. Malema, thus need to slow down and still to learn more about modern politics before engaging himself into it. Great politicians are never the most popular ones, but those who ideology can move the people, especially if the ideology is well packaged to address or pave way for a positive change.