Forum for Democracy and Development spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has called on youths from around the continent to take a leaf from Julius Malema whose party the Economic Freedom Fighters came third in the just ended national elections in South Africa 7 months after its formation.
Commenting on the recent national elections in South Africa Mr. Mwanza said African youths can learn a lot from Mr. Malema who has shown that it is possible for young people to stand up and fight for what they believe in and what is rightfully theirs.
He said though some people may dismiss Mr. Malema because of his unpopular economic stance in his country, one has no choice but to admit that he is a smart and effective politician whose massage was head and believed by the majority of the poor and unemployed south African youths.
“There mere fact that a party that has only been in existence for seven months won over a million votes is testimony enough that comrade Julius Malema, 33 is an effective and smart politician whose message resonates with the majority of the poor and unemployed South African youths.
“I personally do not agree with some of his populist rhetoric and not ascribe to his somewhat uncouth public antics but his boldness and commitment to the cause of South African youths many has won him the admiration of millions of young people across the African continent,” said Mr. Mwanza.
Mr Mwanza further urged youths to stop being distant spectators in the political arena but to vigorously pursue both economic and political power as opposed to slogan chanters of older politicians.
He said Mr Malema has shown that youths in the continent should be counted and refuse to ‘tails and tools older politicians but instead strive to be brave and patriotic enough to stand up and fight for what is rightfully theirs.
“As young people we should not accept to be tails and tools of the older politicians. Youths should be brave and patriotic enough to stand up and fight for what we feel and know is rightfully ours. African youths should stand up and be counted amongst the first and not the last as we stir the continent forward,”
The Economic Freedom Fighters Party scoped 24 seats and came out third in the recent polls in South Africa.