POLITICAL NEWS - The EFF has released a statement on the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Today marks a year since the late struggle icon died after a long illness.
The party, as well as its leader Julius Malema, have sent out several tweets in honour of Madikizela-Mandela on Tuesday, with the party expressing the sentiment that the woman dubbed the “mother of the nation” “passed on the baton” of the fight for economic freedom to the party.
Malema, meanwhile, posted a picture of himself and Madikizela-Mandela together, along with the proverb “Mmago ngwana o swara thipa ka bogaleng”. This directly translates to “A mother holds the knife at the sharp end”, which could be interpreted as a comment on the struggles she endured during her lifetime or a reference to the work the “mother of the nation” did to protect her metaphorical children.
The EFF statement mainly has the purpose of remembering the late icon, describing her as a “liberator, freedom fighter, and mother of the nation”, but also sees the party vowing to fight against “patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity” and taking aim at both the ANC and the media.