Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema recently took to social media to send a touching tribute message to his eldest son, Ratanang, on his 18th birthday. Malema, who has two sons with his wife Mantwa Matlala, expressed his pride in Ratanang and credited him for giving him a sense of purpose in life.
In his heartfelt message, Malema referred to Ratanang as the shining star of their family and expressed his joy in being his father. He acknowledged that fatherhood has been an exciting journey with Ratanang and that the young man has brought a renewed sense of purpose into his life.
The EFF leader shared that when hope escaped him, he looked into Ratanang’s eyes and made a commitment never to fail him. Malema emphasized that he has done everything in his power to be a good father and expressed his happiness that Ratanang has turned out just fine.
Malema also imparted some wisdom to his son, advising him to never seek validation from others but always strive to be on the right side of history. He encouraged Ratanang to maintain his humility and treat all of humanity with respect, while also cautioning him to never allow anyone to take advantage of him, regardless of their age or status.
The EFF leader emphasized the importance of hard work and wise choices, urging Ratanang to avoid relying on handouts and instead work diligently and intelligently to achieve true wealth. Malema reminded his son of the saying, ‘Bashavi Ke batho ba tšhelete,’ which translates to ‘Friends are those with money.’
In closing, Malema wished Ratanang a joyous celebration on his special day, filled with laughter, love, and memorable moments.
It is evident that Julius Malema shares a strong bond with his eldest son, with the pair even having a shared passion for DJing. They have been seen in several videos spinning the decks together, showcasing their love for music and their special father-son connection.
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