Julius Sello Malema (born 3 March 1981) is a South African politician and activist who is a Member of Parliament and the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013. He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. Julius Malema was also a member of the African National Congress (ANC) from the age of nine until his expulsion from the party in April 2012 at the age of thirty-one.
Julius rose to prominence as a supporter of the ANC president and later President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. He was described by both Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province, Cassel Mathale, as the "future leader" of South Africa. Less favorable portraits paint him as a "reckless populist" with the potential to destabilize South Africa and spark racial conflict.
It's been up to 3 months since the well-known South African rapper who goes by the name of Rikhado Tshifaro Makhado, also known as Ricky Ricky, passed away. Nevertheless, the Economic Freedom Fighters president, Julius Malema, has finally revealed the reason why he did not attend Ricky Ricky's funeral. Julius Malema did not attend his funeral because he committed suicide. He stated that men must learn to speak when they have problems because suicide is never a solution.
Below are some of the comments that were made by South African citizens.
Men are not given the space and opportunity to speak in our society; most men grow up being told, "men don't cry, stay strong." And if you've never been depressed, don't say anything because you don't know what it's like to fight with the voices in your head telling you to quit every single day. Never mind that nothing else matters when you are literally on the verge of giving up; to be honest, the only thing that makes sense is to end it all.
What we tend to forget is that society is not that special when one is going through a lot. There are no friends, family, or colleagues who get to understand the situation you are in. All you will wake up to is criticism and mockery, so how does one speak up? I think Malema misses the point. If he feels it's easy for someone to take his life, that's on one's judging side point of view, then try to help anyone. How about letting the family heal?
What's your take on what Julius Malema said regarding Ricky's death? Please leave your views in the comment section below.
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