Controversial leader of the Economic Freedom Fighter EFF has finally found a place in his heart to forgive former president Jacob Zuma in church.
This is after many years of abusing and calling the former president unprintable names, unworthy of the status of a president.
A seemingly emotional Malema, said with a contrite heart, he has forgiven Zuma after receiving a sermon from church leaders that touched his heart.
The CIC further told congregants of Apostolic Faith Mission River of Life in Soshanguve, Tshwane, on Sunday, that coming to church was a sign that he and Zuma needed to put their differences aside for the sake of peace.
“We came here for wisdom and since the priest was telling us about forgiveness as politicians, we must now forgive Zuma. We forgive him for the sake of the priest because we cannot go against the word of the priest,” said Malema.
He said for that reason, they would forgive Zuma and move forward with their lives.
After serious differences during his time at the ANC, Malema and Zuma’s relationship took a toll after he was expelled from the ANC Youth League in 2012.
Consequently, in several counts, Zuma and the EFF leader exchanged devastating blows in parliament during Zuma’s tenure as the country’s president, with EFF MPs asking him to “pay back the money” when former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla showed Zuma benefited unduly from security upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.
Also, Malema and EFF MPs previously refused to call Zuma “president” in parliament and referred to him as “Duduzane’s father” instead.
While expressing deep concerns, Julius Malema asked the church for prayers and no bloodshed as the country prepares for a decisive and keenly contested national and regional elections.
“We asked the church to pray for peaceful elections and that there shouldn’t be a drop of blood because of the elections. People have the right to choose the government of their choice without any form of intimidation.”