We’ve had Bheki Cele trying to get us in bed for 21:00, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma redefining what a beach is, and Ebrahim Patel introducing a cooked chicken ban during this pandemic. But could Julius Malema’s new directive – a suspension on ‘mjolo’ – be one of the whackiest proposals we’ve had yet?
No mjolo during COVID-19? EFF tackle ‘casual’ dating…
Juju delivered some stark, sobering messages during the EFF Presser on Thursday – so the tension was relieved massively when he delved into something that raised a snigger. Malema has implored citizens not to engage in ‘mjolo’ – dating and casual relationships, essentially – while coronavirus remains a threat in South Africa.
Of course, he wouldn’t be much of a politician if he didn’t devise some sort of ‘one rule for me, one for others’ approach. The EFF leader states that only married people – such as himself – are allowed to express intimacy during the pandemic.
Watch: Julius Malema demands suspension for ‘hook-ups’
— Olebogeng Didintle Moticoe (@DidintleMoticoe) January 14, 2021
“We cannot allow any visitors. No boyfriends, no girlfriends. You do not know where they have been. Only us married people are safe, because we know each other’s whereabouts. Stay at home, and there’s no mjolo – mjolo has been suspended, until after coronavirus!”
EFF Presser on Thursday 14 January
Julius Malema’s tone lightened for a moment, but it didn’t stay that way. The 39-year-old used most of the media briefing to berate Cyril Ramaphosa and the wider pandemic response from the ANC. Malema rallied against the closure of 20 land borders this week, saying the decision was ‘racially’ motivated. He also mulled over some startling statistics.
MALEMA: In South Africa, we have seen an average of 400 people die every day, as a result of COVID-19 and new infections that have breached the twenty-thousand mark on a regular basis. #EFFPresser
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 14, 2021