In a recent press conference held at Kwa Maimai in Johannesburg, self-proclaimed Amabhinca Nation president and former Ukhozi FM presenter, Ngizwe Mchunu, addressed the media and once again voiced his grievances against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.
Mchunu revealed that their feud began when he declined Malema’s request to campaign for the party in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
According to Mchunu, Malema had approached him for a private meeting at the EFF offices. During this meeting, Malema tried to persuade Mchunu to join the EFF and promised him the premier candidate position in KZN.
However, Mchunu explained that he needed to consult with Amabhinca Nation before making any decisions. This response seemed to infuriate Malema, as Mchunu had also requested that the meeting be held in Seshego, where Amabhinca Nation is based, but Malema refused.
Last month, Mchunu challenged Malema to come to KZN, asserting that he was the one in charge of the province. This was in reference to the upcoming EFF manifesto, scheduled for 10 February at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Mchunu further criticized Malema for not being able to speak isiZulu, the language of the Zulu people, and for addressing them in English. Malema responded by stating that he had no problem with Mchunu and that he would embrace him like any other African kid.
However, this feud took a toll on Mchunu’s car sponsorship with JAC Motors, as the EFF complained about what they considered to be “tribalist” comments.
Mchunu, in response, denied being a tribalist and clarified that his remarks were directed solely at Malema. He expressed his anger towards Malema for attempting to use him and his people to gain more votes in KZN, stating that he would never be used by a dictator and that he was against dictatorship.
The ongoing clash between Ngizwe Mchunu and Julius Malema highlights the political tensions and rivalries within South Africa.
As both individuals continue to make public statements against each other, it remains to be seen how this feud will impact the political landscape and the upcoming EFF manifesto in KZN. The power struggle between these two figures serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges faced by politicians in their quest for influence and support.