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Botswana opposition welcomes Malema help

2011-08-03 21:40

Johannesburg - Opposition parties in Botswana have "welcomed with caution" ANCYL president Julius Malema's offer to help topple President Ian Khama's government, a Botswana newspaper reported on Wednesday.

According to Mmegi Online the opposition Botswana Movement for Democracy's chair, Nehemiah Modubule, urged more organisations to "come on board and support the opposition partnership advocating for change in Botswana".

Modubule would discuss with the ANC Youth League what kind of help it could provide.

In May the Independent Online reported that Khama described Malema as an "ill-disciplined boy" and said he wondered why action was not taken against him.

The website reported that a faction of Khama's ruling party befriended Malema on an earlier visit, during which the ANCYL president told a rally the country needed a stronger leader.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu on Wednesday said it was not discussing in public plans to aid Botswana opposition parties. The league was unaware of Khama's earlier comments about Malema.

"We are not aware and not interested. We don't attach value and significance to puppets of imperialism."

Mmegi Online reported that another opposition party, the Botswana National Front (BNF), did not see anything wrong with the league's offer, but wanted to "have a close look at the assistance being offered" to examine how it fitted with the party's programme.

According to the report BNF youth leader Kagiso Ntime said Malema's comments followed his own speech at the ANCYL national conference in June.

Ntime had said the Khama administration showed it was a "willing pawn of imperialist forces" because it agreed to host Africom, the United States African Command.

Botswana Congress Party spokesperson Taolo Lucas recognised the ANC as a "political force" in southern Africa and would assess any help offered by another party and "act accordingly".

The report quoted ruling Botswana Democratic Party secretary general Kentse Rammidi saying it had an established relationship with the ANC as a political party, and that it would be inappropriate to hold talks with the ANCYL in the media.

"We have noted their [ANCYL] comments and we will follow appropriate channels to address this issue," he reportedly said.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the league had undermined its leadership with its statements on Botswana.

"[The] ANC clearly has no policy of supporting regime changes even in countries governed by parties who may not share our ideological outlook," Mantashe said in a statement.

"We believe in the respect of the sovereignty of other countries and the spirit of good neighbourliness."

Comments
  • Jayjayc - 2011-08-03 21:57

    and here we thought the people of Bostwana knew better.

      Yoni - 2011-08-03 22:19

      What was Malema's first car? A Mazda tree-to-tree...

      slg - 2011-08-04 04:28

      The opposition is tiny in Botswana, although somewhat growing because of Ian Khama's military style.

      Krush - 2011-08-04 08:29

      They still have the death penalty in Botswana - so I hope Malema goes over there...

      Awol - 2011-08-04 09:08

      He is stepping on toes and he is going to be seriously burned!! Pissing off "the elders" will not help him in his cause either. Declaring "war" on Botswana will probably get him killed if he sets foot in Botswana as it will be classified as high treason on trying to overthrow the government. Remember, Botswana still has the death penalty and President Kekama is an old military man, he will spank old Juju that he wishes he was back in woodwork class. I never believed it but Malema is busy seriously polarising South Africa and ensuring that different races hates each other. If this continue, and I believe it will, Madiba's party that he dedicated his life to will have a very quick death and all its ideologies down the drain. The ANC have done their part for this country by freeing it from apartheid, their time has come, and it is very soon, malema is throwing petrol on this out of control fire, to step aside and give a chance to a party to really lead the people, because it is not happening now. Viva South Africa, reason will prevail and someone will free us from this monster, might be a bullet, might be Pres. Kekama or it just might be Juju himself....

      TheWasp - 2011-08-04 09:14

      Dear Botswana The ' Head Herdboy' position you advertised will shortly be filled. We sending Juliass Malema and his love slave Floyd to do a Brokeback Mountain thing, just please lock up the goats! Your sincerly The Wasp

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-03 22:13

    he must of gave them some of the juju's special trust fund money.

      chappy - 2011-08-03 22:25

      I think more likely he has offered support in exchange for a sizable financial contribution. Now that the authorities are investigating the tender fraud that has been supplying his trust fund, he's seeking other means of income to support his lifestyle.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-08-04 09:20

      @anonymous, you mean he "must have"?

  • Yoni - 2011-08-03 22:18

    How's it possible Botswana's government allowed this dunce into the country? Or did he cross via the Molopo River instead of passing through the border control post? Something sinister is going on here.

  • chappy - 2011-08-03 22:23

    Botswana is a democracy and the ruling party was voted in by the people... which implies the majority support the party, so who is this little idiot to think he can dictate policy? Oh and there's the word, dictate. Juju would like nothing more than to become a dictator. Unfortunately he only qualifies to be called by the first syllable of that word.

      Fanny Mc Pee - 2011-08-04 06:36

      Dictate? They are so thick they probably don't even know the definition of the word even if they have the tendencies. I reckon they closest they get to the understanding of the word is when Floyd is on his knees in front of Malema and says: "Eish Juju! your dictate so good!"

  • Neil - 2011-08-03 22:23

    Leave them. Hopefully the current president put a bounty on Malema's head.. Or even better he gets arrested and then he is Botswana's problem. On the other hand, why is Malema REALLY going there? Preparation on things that might hit White South African's in the future? ANCYL military camp and now he is off to Botswana to help topple a government? There is something else going on....

      Almaki - 2011-08-04 09:32

      Neil, having worked in Botswana quite a bit over the past few years, I'd have to say that Juju will have his work cut out if he thinks he can topple the government. Botswana has low unemployment, high economic growth and good infrastructure in most parts of the country. The people might not always like Khama's style, but they know that his government is keeping them in the green.

  • Yislaaik - 2011-08-03 22:28

    Obviously Zuma is too weak to stop this child. He should rather have kept to mowing lawns than trying to be a state president. If boy Malema gets his way it's goodbye to the last decently run country in Africa. Ours was second last. Africa adieu

      william.botha - 2011-08-03 22:55

      Actually Malema is on a path of self destruction, he is the head lemming leading the masses over the cliff. Unfortunately in their demise, they will destroy this country, and that should not be allowed. He is a loose cannon. A good description lies here http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/loose_cannon

  • william.botha - 2011-08-03 22:49

    Comments like "willing pawn of imperialist forces" should be a clear warning that this group (ANCYL) and those associating themselves with its ideologies are demonstrating intent to provoke racial conflict. There is absolutely no way that these policies could be quoted out of context. Thus the ANCYL and Malema are at the doorstep of gross violations against innocent humans. Reel this defiant warmonger in now or face the consequences of anarchy out of control. Malema's words on a previous occasion is testament to this. Quote "We will bring the revolution to your homes, we will eat the cheese in your fridge..." It is an open declaration of war against the current democratic process in SA, and in direct opposition to the current ANC government. Wake up ANC, he is the cancer that will infect your internal organs, as he has already. Some years ago I realized that African states all had bitter civil wars, and I believed that it would be different for SA, but now I can see the cracks appear. The conflict has already started in the midst of the ANC, the power struggle will end up in civil war, between ANC and ANCYL. There is enough evidence and reason to arrest Malema for incitement of violence and with treason.

      Cliff - 2011-08-04 00:15

      William you are so very frighteningly correct! (I was going to say right then thought better of it...)

      McFreak - 2011-08-04 09:36

      William, you words ring very true! The problem is that we have seen this throughout Africa throughout its history. In fact, any revolution is based on the same principle. Promise the poor all the riches in the world if they rise up and butcher the 'other side'. When all the bloodshed and looting is over, they go back to their slums and shacks with the spoils of their revolution, and they end up with worse prospects for improving their lives than they had before the uprising! Malema and his cronies have the support of the poor masses - whose situation could have been greatly improved had the ANC government governed more astutely. The problem for those of us who support human rights, freedom of speech etc is that we cant stop it and we wont find a place where we can sit and watch it play out, and then go back to our lives. The option is obvious.

  • Whyte - 2011-08-03 23:01

    I think comrad Malema is just spot on. It takes a really man to speak up his mind on issues like this. Peoples lifes are at steak here.

      Cliff - 2011-08-04 00:11

      It takes a "really" man to go to school to learn to read and write first.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 08:22

      Want chips with that steak, Mr Bright Spark.

      Matadoress - 2011-08-04 08:51

      kwakwakwakwa @daaivark, I am sure he wont mind deep fried onions, tomato sauce on the side and not to mention an upsize coke for a wash down.

      mphozania - 2011-08-04 09:18

      Viva la Revolusione... Time for true Africans.

      Felix - 2011-08-04 09:25

      If Juju spoke his mind, the silence would be deafening!

      alootacontin - 2011-08-04 17:38

      well done or medium rare?

  • closedeye - 2011-08-03 23:16

    What a waste of reading

      Neil - 2011-08-03 23:23

      Did not know you could read with closed eyes

      Cliff - 2011-08-04 00:09

      Has not helped you much!

  • Cliff - 2011-08-04 00:05

    Julius keeps on walking into crap so deep that when he tries to save himself it will be like quick sand and it will be far too late!

  • JadedJay - 2011-08-04 00:16

    I give up....where does the stupidity end?

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-04 06:06

    Botswana should let this fool into country and arrest him the minute he puts foot on their soil for treason;

  • EyesWideShut - 2011-08-04 08:14

    Explanation: If you're a thief, then diamonds are interesting...

      Pupuzela - 2011-08-04 09:34

      Diamonds are a Pedi's best friend.

  • Boikanyo Alefeng - 2011-08-04 08:18

    This makes me very sad, when i think decades of hard work we have made as Botswana to maintain freedom and peace. Now the ANCY youth league wants to destroy it all.

      Zambezi - 2011-08-04 09:55

      I agree with you, but what do you expect from an uneducated halfwit who cannot even pass woodwork.

  • daaivark - 2011-08-04 08:20

    Slap down the yapping dog, Gwede.

  • Strategist - 2011-08-04 09:05

    Malema is correct. We have been observing this for a very long time. Khama is a stoogie and puppet of Britain. He wants to be a darling of the British queen and Hillary 'the lair' Clinton. Khama takes advice from his western masters, while ignoring our fellow African leaders. Infact Khama is a sellout that does not deserve to rule a country like Botswana. He is selling Africa to the west for almost nothing. Opposition parties in Botswana must unite and topple him. We cannot afford to have people like Khama deviding Africa to the advantage of the western imperialists.

      jakkals - 2011-08-04 09:24

      yes, and look how well all African countries are doing with their "independence". How about you take a trip to Somalia or go have a picnic in Kenya. Recently visited Zimbabwe for some groceries? The "African" mindset is not ready for the 21th century and all it's challenges. Corruption is all that it's about. The self image of our leaders are far more important to their supporters needs. And while the supporters are starving away the leaders will receive the best medical care and dine in the best restaurants over seas. So keep on believing that as soon as Julius's vision realize, you will be driving a BMW, living in a mansion and be up there with your leaders. Sooner than later you will be rotting away and begging the "imperialists" and "queen" for food.

      Kevin - 2011-08-04 09:30

      @ Strategist...if your ramblings were not so ludicrous,you'd be mistaken for being another meddling ANCYL member...you are!!!??The YOOF Lig cannot be shown up by a neighbour thats actually practicing democracy to the fullest.Imperialists/Colonialists/the West....do you see the EAST forking out billions to help starving africans,not likely unless they hand over all mining/mineral rights.

      chappy - 2011-08-04 09:39

      "...We have been observing this for a very long time..." Don't the people of Botswana have a democratic vote? Grow up and try have an independent thought for once instead of rolling out the party line.

      mphozania - 2011-08-04 09:41

      I support comrade Malema 100%. The name of the mission is "A drive to the North".

      william.botha - 2011-08-04 18:29

      You and mphozania are exactly like those who believed in Nongqawuse in 1856. You will follow your leader to your own peril. It's not what I think, it is a fact.

  • Annoy - 2011-08-04 09:20

    Blind leading the Blind

  • McFreak - 2011-08-04 09:23

    These same 'imperialists' were a bastion of support for the ANC througout the whole period of the 'struggle'. They supported them, harboured them and in fact sustained them. It is a known fact that, if it were not for the absolute support of Botswana the ANC may never have succeeded in their quest for freedom. Now that they have achieved their goals, the ANC are now putting a knife in the back of the very people who helped them. This is distressing. The principles and policies of the Botswana government are exactly the same now as they were when the ANC was using the good offices of Botswana. Botswana is stable, economically sound and militarily strong. They do not want handouts and are our only stable neighbour. The question is - why is the ANC turning on an old and loyal ally to satisfy the whims of a bunch of fat, idle and ignorant schoolboys? If they can do this, what will happen to our constitution? You be the judge!!!!

      Zambezi - 2011-08-04 13:19

      Because they cannot stand to see a country so successful. It is an embarassment to South Africa..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      william.botha - 2011-08-04 18:44

      It is in Malema's genes, he is a troublemaker and cannot ever live in peace. The astonishing thing is that he has broad support from the youth, destitute people with nothing to loose, and they are ripe for the picking, they long for the eluding equalizer they have sought for so long. Malema has nothing else but a pugnacious personality to offer society, hence his only means to remain in an elevated position is by sweeping up the poor uneducated youth. On an intellectual scale he scores well below normal, he barks the defiant words that these people want to hear, but he has absolutely no expertize or knowledge about economics or governance. To believe he has the answer is the same as believing that donkeys can build a spaceship.

  • letsee - 2011-08-04 09:58

    WONDERFUL let him go to Botswana and then maybe… Syria.

  • Kgaogelo - 2011-08-04 10:51

    Honestly,I think Malema is invincible. I might not agree with some of the things he does/say at times but what I like most about him is his fearlessness,the audacity and the ability to stand up for what he believes in. And for that I think he makes a good leader.

      william.botha - 2011-08-04 18:35

      There is a difference between fearlessness and stupidity. Except for spouting a lot of defiant garbage, what has he ever said or done that is even just normal on an intellectual scale? He is not fearless, why do you think he has armed bodyguards, a safe bunker etc.? It is BECAUSE he is a scared fat Pedi boy with a foul mouth and zero people's skills. A true leader is charismatic and well mannered, and tolerates the opposition. Malema is a bigot. Here is some homework for you, go look up the meaning of bigot, and then list all the great fearless things he has said and done.

  • otter - 2011-08-04 13:29

    do they show Isidingo on Gabs-TV?

  • int1m1d4t0r - 2011-08-04 19:16

    hahahaha...signing their death sentences... lets get someone popcorn for the hangings

  • eradingoana - 2011-08-04 19:40

    I really wonder if the opposition in Botswana would not set a trap for our little mouse to be caught and hanged.

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