LISTEN: Mbete calls Malema a cockroach

Johannesburg, 16 February 2015 - Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has called Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema a cockroach and warned ANC party members to prepare for war. Video: eNCA
National assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has been criticised for calling EFF leader Julius Malema a cockroach and saying that the ANC should prepare to fight the EFF.
The ANC has dismissed as a storm in a tea cup the furore over the cockroach comment made by its chairwoman Baleka Mbete.

JOHANNESBURG - Just days after Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete labelled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema a ‘cockroach’, the African National Congress (ANC) has moved to explain the utterances.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has reportedly described the speaker’s statement as figurative.

Mbete was addressing the North West ANC elective congress as a keynote speaker in Mafikeng on Saturday.

The national chairperson of the ANC told delegates that people elected in the ANC “must be people who will help us lead a programme of renewal of the ANC”.

She added “we all need to work because if we don’t, we will continue to have the cockroaches like the Malemas”.

Malema has come out in the media saying Mbete’s statement amounts to a call for assassination on him.

But there has been some backlash against the EFF leader as social media was abuzz reminding Malema that in October 2010 he too once called Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille a cockroach.

Malema, then ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president, was addressing thousands of supporters in Stellenbosch.

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