EFF Leader, Julius Malema had much to say about African leaders in his Africa Day speech. However, he was especially scathing of leaders who abused the freedom of their people.
Malema said that when the EFF took over, they would rename the streets after struggle heroes such as Muammar Gaddafi and Thomas Sankara.
“That name will be given to the country when we take over and we shall declare the country Azania. There will be no DF Malan Street, no Verwoerd Street. The ANC is useless and even failed to just change a name and put in African names,” he said. “We want Steve Biko Airport in East London; Winnie Mandela Airport in Cape Town. We don’t want everything to be Nelson Mandela … even toilets in the Eastern Cape are called Nelson Mandela toilets. We must assume the African identity and start naming things by their rightful names. Start with your children; you cannot call your children with white people’s names. You call your child Prins … Suzette,” he said to roars of laughter.
#EFFAfricaDay Malema: We want to rename this country Azania. We want our streets to be renamed, we must have Gaddafi Street, we must Nkrumah Street. We must have Steve Biko Airport in the Eastern Cape and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport in the Western Cape.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 25, 2018
He then took dig at the South African government for not changing names to reflect the African history rather than sticking to a legacy born of colonialism. Again he invoked King King Mswati III.