The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has turned down an invite from former Democratic Alliance pioneer and Western Cape head Helen Zille to be a guest on her podcast Tea with Helen “for a no-holds-barred discussion on SA’s future prospects”.
On Tuesday, Zille tweeted her solicitation to Malema “for a no-nonsense discourse on SA’s future prospects. My journal is very adaptable, so you name the date, time and spot. I’ll serve the tea. Anticipating your reaction.” Malema replied saying that the retired politician should rather go look for the Sassa offices.
The new digital recording, whose slogan is“If you disagree, come for tea” and which has already hosted guest former public protector Thuli Madonsela, journalist Max du Preez and Wits University Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib, is facilitated by Zille, who currently works for the Institute of Race Relations.
On Sunday, Zille asked her 1.4 million Twitter followers who they would prefer to have as her next visitor, Thabo Mbeki or Malema. Malema got 73 percent of the votes, and Zille posted her invite online. Malema answered I think you are lost, are you not looking for #SASSA offices?
I think you are lost, are you not looking for #SASSA offices?
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 1, 2019
Zille replied, “Are you seriously ducking out of the debate with a lame ‘joke’? Let’s discuss the future of our country on a platform where we can go beyond 280c and get beneath the surface slogans.”
Are you seriously ducking out of the debate with a lame “joke”? Let’s discuss the future of our country on a platform where we can go beyond 280c and get beneath the surface slogans.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) October 1, 2019
Meanwhile, Twitter users think that Zille is just chasing for clout by inviting the EFF leader.
Is not about wanting to sit down with @Julius_S_Malema but is all about using him to lunch your podcast. Juju comes with a huge number of following.
Everyone need Julius to get attention and spotlight.
— M M A P U L A (@Mmaps_ThePro) October 1, 2019