Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has joined Zimbabwe in celebrating its 42nd Independence annivesary today.

In a statement, Malema said the independence anniversary comes at a time of heightened Afrophobia that resulted on the violent and merciless killing of a gardener Elvis Nyathi.

He pleaded with Zimbabweans to forgive his nation over the gruesome murder of Nyathi who was stoned and torched to death by Operation Dudula vigilantes two weeks ago.

“On this day we call upon the people of our sister country Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa to forgive South Africa and its people for the misdemeanors and criminality of a few, misled by the lack of uBuntu, to hate Africans in Africa,” Malema said.

He also condemned all acts of xenophobia targeted at Africans by South Africans.

“The level of self-hate and inhumanity of senseless killing of Africans by Africans must be condemned in its entirety and unequivocally, with the contempt it deserves.”