South Africa renowned activist and politician Mamphela Ramphele has described the controversial ANC Youth League president Julius Malema as South Africa's own Hitler or Mussolini.
Local media reported on Wednesday that the Agang SA leader made the statement when she was delivering the second Frederik van Zyl Slabbert memorial lecture at a high school in Polokwane.
Malema is making dangerous promises on land expropriation to desperate people, like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini had done ahead of World War II, she said.
"You must not forget how Hitler and Mussolini emerged as leaders because desperate people were looking for an alternative.
"Malema is no alternative. He is facing corruption charges and does not pay his taxes," she said.
However the Economic Freedom Fighters leader responded in diplomatic matter buy saying he still respected Ramphele as a mother and would not engage in name calling with her.
"I want to pass a message to her that Ma Ramphele, I still love you and respect you very much." said Malema
Ramphele said that Van Zyl Slabbert, who led the Progressive Federal Party and was an old friend of hers, would be sad to see how many people still had no housing, jobs or food 20 years into democracy. He died in 2010.
She added that it was important for citizens to think about the future and vote wisely.