MorningAfrica, 29 January 2014


71-year-old Samuel Manyapye, an impoverished scrap metal collector claims that he is Julius Malema’s father.

He apparently lives in a shack at Mohlakaneng, an informal settlement on the far side of Nelson Mandela Drive, which cuts through Seshego township outside Polokwane in Limpopo with his wife Rahaba (45).

“Yes, I am Julius Malema’s father,” he told Drum magazine.

“He’s my son. But he doesn’t care about me and when he passes me in the street in one of his big cars he looks at me as if I am a stranger.”

“I want to reconcile with the boy – he’s my flesh and blood, but he wants nothing to do with me. It hurts.

“I would die a happy man after sitting down and having a talk with him.

“I can imagine how he feels and I don’t blame him.

“I deserted him and his mother when I went to work on a gold mine in Orkney, but he’s still my son.”