Julius Malema on turning 40: 'My life is a struggle mainly because I'm black and proud to be black'

04 March 2021 - 11:52
By Cebelihle Bhengu
EFF leader Julius Malema turned 40 on Wednesday. File photo.
Image: Alon Skuy EFF leader Julius Malema turned 40 on Wednesday. File photo.

EFF leader Julius Malema said his life has been 40 years of struggle, as scores of EFF members and supporters celebrated his birthday on Wednesday.

He shared a picture of himself and the late struggle stalwart and mentor Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and thanked his well-wishers.

โ€œMy life has been and still is a struggle, mainly because I'm black and proud to be black,โ€ he wrote.

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said โ€œour generation is blessed to be led by youโ€ in a heartfelt tribute to Malema.

The firebrand leader celebrated his birthday with his colleagues at a lavish dinner on Wednesday.

Former EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu, MPs Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Ringo Madlingozi were some of the guests at Malema's dinner.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula also wished Malema well.

โ€œI wish you a happy 40th birthday. Remember that life begins at 40, my brother. May you see many more and we're sending you love, strength and let our friendship grow from our strength to strength,โ€ he said.