Shocking, pathetic: South Africa’s opposition leader Julius Malema slams recent jailing of Zimbabwe’s Jacob Ngarivhume

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has slammed the Zimbabwean government for jailing opposition party leader and activist Jacob Ngarivhume.

Malema expressed shock upon learning of Jacob Ngarivhume‘s imprisonment in Zimbabwe.

Ngarivhume, the leader of the opposition Transform Zimbabwe party, was last month convicted by Harare magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka on April 28, 2023, and sentenced on April 28 to 4 years imprisonment, with 12 months suspended, for inciting public violence for a tweet he posted in July 2020.

Ngarivhume will serve an effective three years in prison.

In the tweet, Ngarivhume called for a national shutdown to protest against poor leadership by the ZANU-PF-led government.

Malema said in a tweet:

“I was shocked to hear that the Zimbabwean government has jailed Jacob Ngarivhume for demanding accountability through picket lines on how COVID-19 funds were used in 2020 by kleptocratic politicians,” Malema said.

Malema continued by saying it was undemocratic and unwise to imprison activists and leaders of opposing political parties.

“Sending an activist to four years of imprisonment for simply holding different political views is pathetic. Zimbabweans must learn to protect their own, particularly those who are the voice of the voiceless against the corrupt few. The truth will never be incarcerated; Africa is one,” Malema added.

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