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Manamela: Malema is a gossip & an ‘impimpi’

Buti Manamela has hit back at Julius Malema and the EFF during day two of the Sona debate.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela speaking in Parliament on 17 February 2017.

JOHANNESBURG - When friends become foes, while defending other friends.

Former Young Communist League leader Buti Manamela has hit back at Julius Malema, his former comrade in arms, calling the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief an 'impimpi' (an informant).

Manamela, speaking on the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate in Parliament on Wednesday, called Malema a "gossip" as he criticised the EFF's actions.

On Tuesday, Malema apologised to Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela, before saying he should have listened to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula when he cautioned against removing Mbeki as state president in 2008.

Referring to the EFF as "the red brigade", Manamela said African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament (MPs) were happy for the party to leave the house last week during President Jacob Zuma's address and again yesterday.

The deputy minister in the Presidency said the EFF was participating in the Sona debate on "Facebook and Twitter", because the party's members were "highly rated as brave and bold MPs" on social media platforms.

He said Malema and his colleagues were far from brave.

"Because, with all the challenges we face in this country, bravery without brains can only be catastrophic."

Manamela later added, "We need solutions. We need thinkers. We need engagers."

"[The] gossips that the honourable leader of the red brigade dished out here yesterday are not the stuff made of brave men.

"In Limpopo where I come from, any man who repeats a discussion between two men has got no touch of bravery. In fact he is a coward who thrives on noise and also on gossip. But brave men do not blame their misdemeanours and falls on others when it is convenient. We can only refer to you as an 'impimpi' and never as a brave man."

Manamela said Malema, the former ANC Youth League president, was "a party leader who is a gossiper without plans, without strategies and without a vision".

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The deputy minister said it was hypocritical for the EFF to "speak out against corruption committed by others" it turned a "blind eye" to the actions of its leader.

He finished his address by calling the Democratic Alliance and EFF "entertaining par excellence".

"We are not in theatre, we are not here to act, we are here to deliver," Manamela said of the ANC.

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