Julius Malema says Ronald Lamola, fairly speaking, is a good man

Julius Malema says Ronald Lamola, fairly speaking, is a good man
GOOD AND BRAINY: Former ANCYL president Julius Malema has lauded his then deputy and now justice minister Ronald Lamola as a good person. PICTURE BY Property360.

He says as a young person Lamola will make mistakes but that still doesn’t erase his true being.

EFF national leader Julius Malema believes new justice minister Ronald Lamola is fairly a good young man, someone who is able to apply his mind correctly.

Malema asked eNCA journalist Samkele Maseko not to look at Lamola and judge him with the Louis Vuitton shoes he wears these days in Parliament but to “look at the brain and listen to him”.

Samkele had asked Malema whether Lamola’s wearing of Louis Vuitton shoes signified that he was now inspired by him, a question which Malema answered: “You must go beyond looking at material my friend. Look at brain. Lamola is a good young man and as a young person you should celebrate Lamola”. 

“You must celebrate the brain and then you will know that Louis Vuitton doesn’t matter. What matters is the will to do certain things and if you’ve got that will we don’t care what you wear and we don’t care where you stay, as long as you’ve got that will to change the lives of our people,” Malema said during a live interview after President Cyril Ramaphosa had delivered his state of the nation address (SONA) Thursday night 20 June 2019.

Malema said as EFF they just hoped that Lamola doesn’t destroy his own political career by “participating in factional activities”.


“So Lamola is a good guy. He’s a young man with ambitions. He will make mistakes, we must support him. We must not destroy him,” he said. 

Julius Malema says Ronald Lamola, fairly speaking, is a good man

Both Malema and Lamola led the ANCYL since 2011 after their election to lead the league as president (Malema) and deputy president (Lamola) on 17 June 2011 during a conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. 

Malema was sacked from the ANCYL on 24 April 2012 after an ANC disciplinary committee found him guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and a year later he formed the Economic Freedom Fighters which he leads together with longtime friend Floyd Shivambu as president (Malema) and deputy president (Shivambu).

Malema said Ramaphosa was actually “fooling the black people of this country” for delivering a SONA that said “nothing”.

“The man wanted to be President for the last 30 years [but] still he doesn’t know what he wants to do for South Africa. None of the things he said in the SONA he meant them except to tell us that he was dreaming. The days of dreaming are over. He must awaken up,” Malema said in an interview with the SABC outside Parliament.

(edited by MLM) 

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