Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party is determined to celebrate the life of the late Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe.

He says this week the EFF will hold a memorial service for first democratically elected president of the neighbouring country. Malema says he refuses to allow enemies of progressive countries to dictate how they should celebrate and honour African leaders.

He says they will be also attending the funeral in Harare at the weekend.

“The memorial service is open to, we wrote to Zimbabwe embassy here and ZANU-PF, informing them that we’ll be honouring president Mugabe like we did with Fidel Castro. We always honour those that white monopoly capital wants us to hate, we do the opposite.”

Mugabe’s body will lie in state on Thursday and Friday. The public will be able to pay their respects and view the body at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare.  The State funeral will take place on Saturday, and it is expected Mugabe will then be buried at Heroes Acre on Sunday.

The Zimbabwean government announced that the state funeral will be held at the National Stadium.

Mugabe died in a hospital in Singapore on Friday at the age of 95. A full programme is yet to be released.

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