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Zimbabweans to fork out $100 to hear Malema speak in Harare

Zimbabweans who want to hear Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema speak in Harare next week will have to fork out $100. Reports from South Africa say Malema has been invited by Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of Newsday and two weekly newspapers, The Independent and The Standard, for an event set for 7 May. The report says: "Julius will recount his story of starting his political career with the ANC at age nine [and will share] his views and beliefs on African domination of the world, and his passion and view of the recent events in South Africa." It is not clear whether Malema will talk about xenophobia, which has been making headlines in South Africa, over the past few weeks as South Africans beat up and killed black foreigners. Malema is a strong admirer of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe but was not invited to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front congress last year because ZANU-PF only recognises revolutionary parties, and for South Africa that is only the African National Congress. Malema, a former ANC Youth League leader, now leads the third largest party in South Africa. During his election campaign, Malema said: “We are going to take charge of our own lives like the Zimbabweans have done. You can say whatever you want to say about Zimbabweans. In the next 10 years they will be the only Africans in the whole of Africa who own their country because, why, they were ready to take the pain. Revolution is about pain. Revolution is change and change is painful. We are ready for that pain. We need that pain.”

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