CONTROVERSIAL South African politician Julius Malema’s planned speech at a debate in Harare has been postponed indefinitely, organisers have said.
Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) on Tuesday said it had postponed the debate because of public anger towards South Africa in the aftermath of a wave of xenophobic attacks in that country.
AMH publisher Rita Chinyoka, said: “Unfortunately, a large portion of the delegates who had registered for this event started pulling out following the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
“It is most unfortunate that the timing of this event coincided with this situation and, therefore, we could not ignore the sentiments expressed.”
AMH publishes Newsday, Southern Eye, The Independent and The Standard newspapers and is owned by the South African-based publisher Trevor Ncube.
Zimbabweans were expected to fork out almost R1200 to listen to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Wednesday.
Malema’s public address was to be part of a series of debates organised by the AMH dubbed ‘Game Changer’.
Announcing the event recently AMH said: “Julius will recount his story of starting his political career with the ANC at age nine [and will share] his views and beliefs on African domination of the world, and his passion and view of the recent events in South Africa.”
On Tuesday AMH said there was still room for Malema to travel to Zimbabwe as they would invite him if a need arose in future.
Malema was last in Zimbabwe in 2012 when he was president of the ANC Youth League, after he was invited by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.