The EFF Are Showing Us Academic Flames


#BlackExcellence was in full force at the graduation ceremony of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema on Wednesday. Juju was awarded an honours degree in philosophy from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and social media could not contain their excitement. The Daily Vox Team rounds up.

Images of a suited, gowned and capped Julius Malema getting his degree flooded the internet on Wednesday night.

Those images were far removed from the reports of yesteryear detailing Malema’s dismal matric results, which plagued him early in his political career. Malema’s high school report card was flaunted nationally when it was discovered that he achieved a G in woodwork and an H in maths, both on the standard grade.

Now, the man whose academic underachievement was used to undermine his political views holds two degrees – Malema completed a BA degree in political science at Unisa in 2016 – and Twitter is here for it.

Malema may not be everyone’s favourite politician but his educational journey is one that all South Africans can get behind. In a country where young people have to struggle against often insurmountable odds to make it through a dysfunctional school system, Malema’s achievement shows that your matric results don’t define you. There is life after high school, even if you do badly.

Malema is not the only EFF member to have displayed academic excellence. EFF national spokesperson (aka the People’s Bae) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was recently awarded a doctorate of philosophy in political studies from the University of Witwatersrand. EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu meanwhile holds three degrees from Wits University, including a bachelor’s, honours and master’s in political studies.

Malema’s achievements show that failures in the past don’t always determine the future and that with tenacity and the right opportunities, anything is possible.

From all of us here at The Daily Vox, well done Malema. Keep slaying!


Featured image via Twitter


  1. comrades I like to believe I would be of last to criticize obtainment of an education but, anyone capable of speaking plus reasoning especially in a systematic method could easily become a capable philosopher. If Africa is to develop as we all know plus believe it should plus will we need produce engineers of all sort plus medical professionals of all sort. I view obtainment of a degree in philosophy as something lazy people do being dappling in philosophy allows them to sit on their butt plus run their mouth producing little of value. With Julius Malema aspiring to someday be president of South Africa we expect plus require more of him. Perhaps he should continue his education unto he obtain degree in engineering of nursing or some other area of medicine. It would be in citizens of South Africa plus Mr. Malema political future best interest for him to do so. We should always make honest evaluation of education accomplishments immediate value to developing plus maintaining widespread modern living in South Africa especially among Buntu. Congratulation on your honorary degree Mr. Julius Malema. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.

  2. The HILARIOUS thing is that he did it on Afrikaans as a medium for White Supremacy. Thanks for furthering research on the Afrikaans Language my friend! #STILLWINNING


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