After visiting detained student activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, Julius Malema bluntly called president Zuma “uneducated” while addressing over 1500 supporters.
According to Malema the trait seems to be running in the Zuma family.
“We don’t want to be like Jacob Zuma. We don’t want to be like Zuma’s family, we want to be educated, that is what we are fighting for. Even Khulubuse [Zuma’s nephew] is not educated. We don’t want anything that has got to do with that family.”
“We are rejecting anything that represents Jacob Zuma. Lack of education is what represents Jacob Zuma.”
He said this after his visit to the ‘Fees must fall’ student Bonginkosi Khanyile, who was detained at the Westville Correctional Services Centre in Durban.
The activist and a final year student of public administration, Durban University of Technology has been incarcerated since September, 2016, during a ‘fees must fall’ protest. The EFF representative is said to face charges of assault and possession of a dangerous weapon, amongst others.
According to Malema, Zuma hates education. He said free education meant true liberation and that is why, “education is a direct threat to white people”.
“It is threatening white privilege, white supremacy and capitalism because when you are educated, who is going to be a domestic worker in the house of a white man? Who is going to provide the cheap labour?”
“If we can challenge the system and make more people educated, then economic freedom is going to be achieved.”
In comparison to Zimbabwe, Malema praised the nation for its value of education. Regardless of the poor economic state of the country at this time, Malema thinks prioritizing education is what SA could learn from Zim.
“We don’t want our children and grandchildren to be uneducated. We want an educated South Africa, we want to be like Zimbabwe, an educated Zimbabwe.”
“The same Zimbabweans that are working for you. The same people that you look down upon, they are well educated, more than you, their employer. That is why they understand the land question more than anyone else.”