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(NEWZIMBABWE) Malema heads to Zimbabwe for talks

Malema heads to Zimbabwe for talks
11/10/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

EXPELLED African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema is set travel to Zimbabwe on Friday, a spokesman for his Economic Freedom Fighters group confirmed Thursday. Malema would meet “progressive forces in Zimbabwe” to discuss economic freedom Floyd Shivambu said in a statement.

“During the visit, Malema will also attend the wedding of the deputy secretary general of the Pan African Youth Union and member of Zanu PF Youth League, Comrade Tendai Wenyika,” Shivambu said. Malema would be accompanied by Shivambu and suspended ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa.

“Economic Freedom Fighters will forever associate with and interact with progressive forces across the country, the African continent and whole world and will never be ashamed,” Shivambu added.

The ANC renegade was ANC renegade was last month charged with money laundering in a high profile corruption case his supporters say is part of a political plot to silence President Jacob Zuma's most vocal critic.

Malema, who has backed wildcat miners' strikes and has been pushing for nationalisation of the mines, scoffed at the charges after being released on bail.
"I'm unshaken... I'll continue with the struggle for economic freedom," he told supporters.

Ousted as leader of the ANC Youth League in April for ill-discipline, Malema has returned from the political wilderness with a vengeance, stepping up public criticism against Zuma and the ANC hierarchy.

However, his penchant for luxury cars, flashy Swiss watches and champagne parties has also attracted the attention of South Africa's Revenue Service, which said at the weekend he owed nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes.

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