Man claims to be Malema’s father

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.”


19 Replies to “Man claims to be Malema’s father”

  1. Suits him right, now that Malema has made a name for himself he suddenly recognize him as his son? I can imagine his expectations, a big car, a mansion … Since he deserted Him when he went to work at some gold mine he should have at least built himself and house out of the gold he dug all those years while Malema had to succumb to being raised by a single mother. He was supposed to be there if not physically then at least help out financial. Making a woman pregnant doesn’t make a man a father. You have to raise a child to be recognized as a father. Let it be a lesson to all man who dumps woman with children, they grow up and make something of themselves, when they do dare not to suddenly expect a relationship. He should stay in his shark and hope for an RDP just like all other poor South Africans. He didn’t only fail Malema as a young boy, he failed Malema’s mother and then failed himself dismally. He should not expect sympathy from anyone. We are the generation that is sick and tired of being sick and tired. To hell with forgiveness, some people just don’t deserve it…..

  2. Ntate Samuel Manyapye a word of advice, write to Andile at Khumbulíkhaya and tell her the sorb story maybe the Commander in Cheif might want to hear kahlekahle why did you deserted him.

    Another advice, a high sperm-count does not make you a father, fatherhood is love, care, education, advise, encouragement, teaching Gods ways to your Son.

    Sello is not your son, it was Gods plan that your sperm fertilise the oval of Malema’s Mother. And one person that has been everything to Sello is her Grandma.

    Today the maintenance court is full of claim becuase of sperm carriers like you. Go and throw yourself in the fire for all I care.

  3. I feel pity for him as a human being but that doesn’t mean my CIC should be ashamed of the people and run to rescue him, hell no, he was working,he fed himself with the goodies while Juju and his 2 women in his life struggled to raise a man that he is today. At list he’s an entrepreneur and am sure his getting pension money and if not he can run to anc,they will help him quick as a revenge to the nkandla shame. O zo ba strong madala

  4. I feel sorry for this old man. everything happens for the reason and we don’t know what was the circumstance when old man left the family. it might happen that Malema’s mother was rude and agressive towards old man because he was not working. That is way old man decided to leave them Orkney to look for the job. the bible says love your parents so that you may have more days to live. Malema must just forgive his father and reconcile with him.

    1. Even if you divorce with a wife make sure you support the child,now he veil himself as a father,No is total wrong,let it be the way he left to gold mine.

  5. Sorry Bra Samuel Manyapye, you left your son at a very critical time when he needed you most. So now better not try to draw unnecessary tension, leave Julius alone.

  6. Family matters, allegations, claims need to be processed through African customary RULES! Africans are organised nation with working systems and law which the Europeans worked very hard and systematically to destroy.

    Family matters are not politics of the public space until so managed through customary process.

  7. mistakes are made,just like everybody as humans,the oldman deserves a second many are we that did the same the old man god will decide your fade

  8. A second chance should be a matter ascribed to customary processes for those involved away from the public if the affected see it fit. Family is an essential unit of a healthy public, so are its special affairs for the family only.

  9. I can see a lot of resemblance in Juju to Mdala. I for one cannot even doubt anything about this matter. As a matured person, I wish to advice the CIC to decide to be godly rather than satanic in his response to this matter. Mandela could forgive white people for their atrocities to him and the nation. So, as much as Juju believes in Mandela-principle of forgiveness, then he should use it in response to OUR biological father, Mr. Samuel Manyapye.

    As for you fighters who have reflected negative attitude toward OUR biological father, Mr. Manyapye, be careful with what you say because what happened between Juju and OUR father has happened to many people in this country, mainly, due to economic challenges to us men. As we do door-to-door campaigns, we come across such, console the affected people and give them courage to work toward reconciliation with the afflicted ones. Such attitude is part of what can grow a EFF activist’s leadership qualities and contribute in healing the nation – not negative comments. Viva Juju and OUR father Viva!

  10. Duke, I am pleased you sound and is without doubt a Fighter, It is sad your remarks about CIC views on this family matter of an individual are set to be labelling him as Satanic at first glance, though the context might not mean you say our CIC is. We all though to be encouraged by your persuasion of good from our CIC, that is what being African is all about. It is about harmony, peace and promotion of social cohesion.

    The negative remarks and the pain you hear from many fighters is informed by the state of things in which the white RULE turned our society to be what it has become today by demonising every building unit of our African communities.

    At the same time let us agree that there are many fighters who held positive views on the same matter – As I commented before this matter should be left completely in the hands of our CIC, the family and the leadership – Though none of us should be wrong by persuading any of them in doing Good and demonstrating maturity.

    Viva Fighter Viva

  11. Ntate moholo, I frankly and respectfully suggest that you going to an intensive counselling and there after slaughter a cow if you own one to apologize to your ancestors to adore Malema that way.

  12. i sympathize with Sello’s FATHER even though he never cared for his son. maybe if i was a SELLO i would react the same way towards his [father] carelessness.

  13. Just one of the useless fathers, Malema can forgive him ” but it doesn’t mean they must be compelled to be together” they can both remain as far apart, just like north and east being apart for good.

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