Malema, 37, who leads the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), was quick to congratulate 75-year-old Mnangagwa after his disputed election win.
“We call upon President Mnangagwa to serve one term, he’s too old. We hope President Mnangagwa will not want to go for the second term,” Malema said on Friday.
“Let Zanu PF begin a process of producing younger people who will compete with Chamisa. President Mnangagwa this is a brotherly advice, a son’s call that says one term is enough, you are too old, let the younger generation take over.”
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 3, 2018
Malema has not hidden his support for Zanu PF in the past, and previously urged former President Robert Mugabe to quit for a younger leader. Mugabe, who did not heed the advice, was swept away in a military coup in November 2017 led by Zimbabwe’s new Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who was then army commander.