As Malema took to the podium to receive his degree, the audience at the ZK Matthews Hall at Unisa’s Pretoria campus cheered and started chanting.
Malema said while it had been a difficult journey, it had also been exciting, but he had had to change a lot of things in his life to accommodate the academic programme.
Malema said he had to postpone an exam that he was supposed to have been written a day before the State of the Nation Address earlier this year.
“I was not going to attend the State of the Nation [Address]. When I heard that he [President Jacob Zuma] called the soldiers to Parliament, I had to abandon that exam and go and lead from the front, because I was not going to allow a situation where EFF members were going to confront the soldiers and I would be absent,” said Malema.
“It is possible when there is an interest. All of us pretend not to have time, but in reality, we have a lot of time, we just have to create it and reprioritise our own things.”
Malema’s dissertation for his honours degree focused on the Afrikaans language as a conduit for white supremacy.
“I strongly believe Afrikaans is being used to perpetuate white supremacy in South Africa and it is an issue that I believe even black African people who are speaking Afrikaans agree with [this belief].”
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“When you say Afrikaans must fall, it’s not necessarily against the people who speak Afrikaans, but it’s against Afrikaans as a symbol that perpetuates whiteness and therefore it must fall.”
Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya congratulated Malema on completing his studies while also leading a political party.
“We wish him the best and hope he will continue with his education [and] by doing so, encourage young people to take education seriously in order to uplift their lives,” said Makhanya.
– News24 Wire