'We celebrated clowns as our liberators for too long': Malema's cryptic tweet has social media buzzing
EFF leader Julius Malema has social media in meltdown mode over his cryptic tweet, with scores suggesting it was aimed at former president Jacob Zuma and his supporters.
In the tweet, Malema took a jab at “trained fools” with a history of being sell-outs and getting jailed by a political sell-out.
He also said South Africans have been celebrating mediocrity for too long.
“Why are these trained fools getting ill-treated by a civilian with a history of being a sell-out, and comply?” asked Malema
“We celebrated clowns as our liberators for too long. Sies! You get jailed by a political sell-out and you can't respond decisively. We have celebrated mediocre for too long.”
Why are these trained fools getting ill-treated by a civilian with a history of being a sellout & comply? We celebrated clowns for too long as our liberators. Sies! You get jailed by a political sellout & you can't respond decisively. We have celebrated mediocre for too long.— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 5, 2021
Malema's statement comes amid news that Zuma will be released from jail on medical parole.
On Sunday, the department of correctional services said Zuma will complete the remainder of his 15-month prison sentence in a “system of community corrections”.
“Medical parole placement for Zuma means he will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he must comply with a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires,” said the department.
Previously, Malema told SABC News that Zuma should be serving out his 15-month sentence under house arrest instead of prison.
“Zuma's arrest remains painful until today, worse for contempt of court when we have murderers who are not arrested or prosecuted,” Malema said at the time.
“Do I want an 80-year-old in prison? Hell no. Do I want Zuma arrested? Yes. What form of arrest? House arrest because he is too old,” he added.
On social media, many suggested that Malema's cryptic tweet was mostly targeted at the former president and his supporters.
Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions:
Now that Zuma is out, his political agenda has reached its sell by date, he thought he would capitalize on the disgruntled Zuma supporters, he is instead found wanting and confused. He is resorting to speaking in meandos out of frustration. https://t.co/LLMPVhgGiF— Lloyd Sedio (@sedio_lloyd) September 6, 2021
You're not alone🤣😂. It's a jab at CR17 - that he's a sellout - that Zuma has been arrested by the sellout and he's quiet about it. That's how I get it— zolani simayi (@zsimayi) September 6, 2021
You only know how to sow division, anyone can do that, bringing people together is true talent. Zuma faction brought out country to a standstill with the unrest, they wiped billions off our country’s balance sheet. Yet you say they did nothing? They did a lot and were defeated.— Wesley Billett (@wesleybillett) September 5, 2021
Elections are just around the corner CIC, let them get distracted— Vuyani Mqokozo (@MqokozoVuyani) September 6, 2021
You are very selective. You talk of equality before the law but there are hundreds of prisoners who have been denied medical parole over years. Many are worse of than Zuma who was obviously given 5 starh treatment. If you promote such abnormalities then this country is in trouble— Tsitso09 (@tsitso09) September 6, 2021
Now the Juduciary is no longer to blame for the jailing but the "political sellout" 😂🤣😂. Oksalayo good precedence has been set for the whole country from Musina to Cape Town. The law responded decisively! Ultimately we all know, young and old, No one is BIGGER 💪💪💪— 🇿🇦 Herchelle (@_HerchelleR) September 6, 2021