Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has compared Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. AFP

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. AFP

Ramphele made the statement after delivering the second Frederik van Zyl Slabbert memorial lecture at a Polokwane high school on Tuesday, reported the Beeld newspaper.

Nazi leader Hitler and Italian Fascist leader Mussoloni, said Ramphele, used the desperation of their people to rise to power, just as Malema was attempting to do now.

“You must not forget how Hitler and Mussolini emerged as leaders because desperate people were looking for an alternative,” said the Agang SA leader.

“Malema is no alternative. He is facing corruption charges and does not pay his taxes,” she said.

Malema was diplomatic in his reponse.

“I want to pass a message to her that Ma Ramphele, I still love you and respect you very much,” he told the newspaper.