Cope’s Willie Madisha defends Julius Malema

2014-05-01 17:19

Julius Malema has found a friend in Cope with the party’s deputy president, Willie Madisha, saying the EFF leader’s accusers were the biggest thieves themselves.

Addressing a Cope rally in Malema’s hometown of Seshego, Limpopo, earlier today, Madisha said Malema’s legal woes were used against him for political reasons. “They keep saying this boy has stolen; he owes money. They will say even a day or two before the elections, ‘look at him, he is a thief’ but they are the biggest thieves and the president with two heads steals too much,” he said, mentioning Nkandla.

He also accused President Jacob Zuma of giving key ministerial positions to Zulus.

“There’s no problem with Zulus altogether; the problem is with this man who wants to do whatever he wants, who want decisions to be made in Nkandla,” Madisha said.

“Go to the ANC government and check; very important positions like the ministers of police, intelligence, justice and higher education were given to his own people so that decisions can be taken at Nkandla. So that if he does anything wrong, he cannot be stopped.”

Madisha urged people to vote and remove Zuma from the Union Buildings, accusing him of destroying the country.

“If we don’t correct this, the man with two heads will come back and destroy the country; get married every day and steal money. If we don’t remove them you are going to suffer and struggle for the rest of your life – for 50 years to come and more,” he said.

“If you don’t make sure Zuma and his party get removed, our ancestors will accuse us of selling them out. An organisation called the ANC together with its leader today has destroyed South Africa,” he said.

Madisha accused the ANC government of bringing back oppression. He then turned to ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Those who hold the wealth and mines are the people from that organisation, which is killing our people today. Workers were killed in Marikana [and] Ramaphosa is the one who gave instructions and told the police to go shoot and kill the people. Imagine if he is there in government after next week, what is going to happen to the people of our country; we are in hell, apartheid is back,” he said.

Ramaphosa has maintained that a call for action in Marikana at the time was aimed at preventing a further loss of lives.

A former leader of Cosatu, Madisha accused the ANC of destroying the federation, which is its alliance partner.

“We know that Cosatu today has been made a labour desk of the ANC. Everyone who is part of the leadership of that federation is destroyed and that is why Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim were kicked out because they stood up and said, ‘we cannot agree with the ANC.’ They were kicked out because Cosatu and its affiliates are ANC unions,” he said.

Madisha also asked people not to vote for the ANC – for Nelson Mandela’s sake. “Today the ANC, that filthy organisation of people who steal every day, move around and say voting for them means you’re voting for Mandela, which is utter rubbish; it’s nonsense,” he said.

“There is no such thing. If you vote for them, you are not voting for the poor man who is gone now; he’s dead. If you vote for them it means you are destroying this country once again, let us stop them from doing that.”

Madisha denied reports that Cope was suffering and fading. “Cope has become very strong, we have grown in numbers and we’re stronger than in 2009,” he said.

The party today welcomed about 500 new members who, it said, were from the ANC and from Mpumalanga.

He then turned to those who had left Cope and accused them of stealing – Smuts Ngonyama “through BEE” and Mbhazima Shilowa “from the Gautrain project”.

» In 2012, the Mail & Guardian reported that Bombardier, the lead partner in the Bombela consortium, had devised a “capture plan” to win over decision makers in the Gautrain contract – including Shilowa. Shilowa responded: “I do not know any of the gentlemen mentioned, nor their plan. I have never been approached by anyone to influence any tender. If anyone did, I would have disqualified them as they had signed an anti-bribery code of conduct.”

Ngonyama famously said he did not join the struggle to be poor in 2004 when the controversial multibillion-rand Telkom BEE deal made headlines.

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