In the wake of stigmatising speculation, the EFF leader says he’s prepared to take a public test to prove he’s as healthy and virile as ever.
Speaking at an EFF business gala dinner in Meropa Casino in Limpopo on Saturday night, Malema told an EFF business gala dinner that his weight loss had absolutely nothing to do with illness.
In fact, he said, he was feeling healthier and more energetic than ever. He even joked that he was still as good in bed as ever.
His words came in the wake of speculation in some circles that his rapid weight loss could not be normal and that he possibly had HIV/Aids or diabetes. His rebuttal was a challenge to the African stereotype that being overweight is a sign of wealth, health and success.
He told the gathering: “I am not sick. I am just looking after myself. I can take any test publicly anywhere, from Aids to sugar diabetes. There is no problem. Even the manhood is still working.”
Malema said he had stopped drinking alcohol, taking sugar and had cut down on the pap.
Malema also relayed a story of a meeting he had with former president Nelson Mandela, at the iconic leader’s home in Qunu. He said it only lasted three minutes and had nothing to do with his leadership skills.
“I went to Nelson Mandela’s house for dinner. Zuma was there. Mandela asked them to leave so he can speak with me, Madiba said to me, ‘if you’re serious about leading our youth, you must lose weight. You cannot lead people if you can’t take care of yourself.’ Mandela didn’t doubt my leadership skills. He believed in me. He was just concerned about my health,” he said.