Malema on Thursday recalled an encounter with the late former president at his homestead in Qunu, Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, which made him realise his vetrolletjies were a liability for his political aspirations.
“One day I was with Jacob Zuma and his daughter, Duduzile, and we went to Qunu
“He (Mandela) asked everyone to leave and he said I must remain. He said: if you want to lead the youth and our people, you can’t lead them with a big stomach. You have to lose weight and be in good shape,” Malema recalled.
“From that day I was troubled by those things. Every time I gain weight, I remember Madiba saying our people are not going to be led by someone with a big stomach.”
Thursday marked the sixth anniversary of Mandela’s death and Malema said his legacy should be understood in totality.
“Mandela fought his own fight, ran his own race, he fought a good fight. He might have made too many compromises, but we don’t know what was going on there.”
Part of Juju’s weight loss regime, with the help of his beautiful wife, was ditching Coke, sugar and alcohol. He also says drinking more water and eating smaller healthier meals was part of his incredible transformation.
Malema has been unwilling to share exactly how much weight he has lost over the past two years.