JOHANNESBURG - The #JuliusMalemaChallenge was abuzz on Saturday afternoon following the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) speech at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral at Orlando stadium in Soweto.
During his speech, Malema said those who betrayed Madikizela-Mandela while she was still alive were at her funeral. He then asked for her to send a signal on what should be done to deal with the critics now that she's gone.
Twitter users joined in the chorus and called for a signal on how to deal with people who are behind high data prices, VAT and bogus churches.
#JuliusMalemaChallenge Even the so called 'Pastors ' & 'Men of God' who continue to make our people pay for prayers, buy stickers and water are here Mama, please give us a signal. What should we do with them?— Mudifho Mphaphuli (@Mudifho001) April 15, 2018
The DA Mpumalanga leader Jane Sithole joined in and called out those she believed increased VAT.
Maa! Mama Nomzamo, I have the names of the people who increased VAT, they are here today wearing suits, the poor are getting poorer & the pain you suffered is continuing Ma. Mama give us a signal how to deal with them. I am waiting for the signal Ma! #JuliusMalemaChallenge pic.twitter.com/J1pbRqjFGD— Jane Sithole (@moloisrj) April 15, 2018
It rained after Madikizela-Mandela's funeral and EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu believed that was a sign that the party would do well in next year's general elections. He said "re tlo tshela thupa" (we will show them).
Thank You Mama for giving us the SIGNAL...In the form of those few minutes of rain...We needed the SIGNAL...Now we know what to do in 2019!Pula!— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) April 15, 2018
Re tlo tshela thupa!#Woza2019#VoetsekStratcomAgents#JuliusMalemaChallenge
Zimbabweans quickly caught up on the hashtag.
Mama. Nomzamo. Mama Nomzamo. Those who kept Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime alive for 3 decades and benefited from it are here today telling us that this is a new dispensation. You never told us how to deal with them. Mama, give us a signal. #JuliusMalemaChallenge— Kudzani Dojiwe (@kudzani_ndlovu) April 15, 2018
It went south after that with some calling out their partners, car guards and shop-owners.
Those who know very well that they have gfs but are chasing us left,right n centre they are here...should we tell their gfs ori?...give us a signal mama!#JuliusMalemaChallenge pic.twitter.com/KTKa5lQ4li— A N D I S W A -- (@NdiswaPearly) April 14, 2018
Even those of us who are sacrificed in the name of 7 colours every Sunday are here Mama. You never told us how to deal with these people who turn us into drumsticks Mama? We are waiting for a signal.... #JuliusMalemaChallenge #HappySunday ❤️ https://t.co/iP69yCzV6E pic.twitter.com/G9BwSvW2ma— Mpho Letsholonyane (@MphoMaboi) April 15, 2018
Mama, even those who used to snitch us to our bosses are here at our farewell parties, crying saying how they will miss us and our exemplary work.— NYAKIO GITHAIGA (@naimh_nee) April 15, 2018
Give us a sign on how to deal with them. pic.twitter.com/a4YOuBEVB8
Mama we facing huge problem with baby daddies who don’t maintain their kids & us men without babies we taking care of their kids until they graduate. When the kids start working baby daddy will say “that’s my child” please give us sign to deal with them. #JuliusMalemaChallenge— Mmamorogo Moses Mahlatši Jnr. (@Moses_Maibelo) April 15, 2018