Motormouth has a busy year

2009-12-28 09:12

 

JANUARY

  • ANCYL president Julius Malema tells Cape Peninsula University of

    Technology students that President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser had a “nice time”. “When a woman didn’t enjoy it she leaves early in the morning.

    Those who had a nice time wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and

    ask for taxi money,” Malema says.

  • Malema describes Congress of the People (Cope) founders as

    sellouts who want to “sell” the country to “British imperialists”.

FEBRUARY:

  • Malema lays into former education minister Naledi Pandor for not

    resolving a salary dispute that resulted in class disruptions at Tshwane

    University of Technology’. He tells students at the Pretoria campus that Pandor

    “must use her fake accent to address problems”.

  • He threatens to take the ANC’s 2009 election campaign not only to

    Nongoma, the IFP’s stronghold in KwaZulu-Natal, but also to the very backyard of

    that party’s leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to convert his children.

  • He calls Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille a racist,

    “colonialist and imperialist” and the party’s black supporters “garden boys”.

MARCH
  • Addressing workers at Toyota in Prospecton and later Mangosuthu

    Technikon students in Durban Malema says Zille was an apartheid spy and that her

    dances showed she missed apartheid.

  • Malema then tells another gathering in KwaZulu-Natal that United

    Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa was an “apartheid general”.

APRIL
  •  Malema threatens the University of Cape Town, saying ANC

    president Jacob Zuma will replace lecturers and managers when he takes over as

    head of state because the university is a hotbed of counter-revolutionaries.

  • A week later the ANCYL chief warns Zuma that he will keep his job

    as president of the county only if he respects the ruling party’s Polokwane

    conference resolutions. Addressing an ANC election victory party in Polokwane Malema

    reminds Zuma that he and his youth league members are not “anybody’s puppet”.

MAY
  • He causes yet another stir when he refers to Zille as a “racist

    little girl” at a Workers’ Day meet in Durban.

  • Nando’s Julius Malema puppet goes under the hammer and fetches

    R100?000. Even though Malema laughs off the puppet his colleagues insist it is

    in bad taste.

  • At President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration he lashes out at guests

    such as former president Thabo Mbeki, saying they are at the Union Buildings to

    witness their final defeat.

  • Sisonke Gender Justice head Mbuyiselo Botha takes Malema to the

    Equality Court for remarking that Zuma’s rape accuser “enjoyed herself”.

JUNE
  • Malema tells the national Youth Day rally in Katlehong that Zuma

    owes the youth a lot. He says youth votes “were not cheap; they were expensive”.

  • The ANCYL wards off “rumours” that Malema has been gunned

    down.

JUL Y
  •  Malema starts his controversial call for the nationalisation of

    mines.

  • He appears before the Equality Court but refuses to apologise for

    his gender-insensitive remarks.

  • Malema promises to shut down Lembede, the youth leagues’s

    R150?million investment arm. He says its closure would rank as one of his ­major

    achievements.

AUGUST

  • Malema questions the supposed paucity of black Africans in key

    positions in the government’s economic cluster. He says it is dominated by

    minorities.

  • Later Zuma shoots down calls for a debate on race over the issue

    of the role of minorities.

  • Malema enters the Caster Semenya gender testing controversy. He

    alleges that the International Athletics Associations Federation’s calls for a

    test on Semenya were made because the 800m gold medallist is black.

  • He leads a crowd to welcome Semenya and uses the occasion to

    lambast whites for allegedly not supporting black athletes.

SEPTEMBER

  • Malema appears before the Equality Court in Johannesburg for

    making controversial comments about President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser.

  • He is accused of assaulting a police reservist who tried to stop

    his all-night housewarming party in Sandton.

OCTOBER

  • Malema threatens Nedbank with a nationwide boycott after it

    withdraws its sponsorship of Athletics South Africa (ASA). The bank pulled the

    plug on ASA after its boss, Leonard Chuene, lied about not knowing that gender

    tests were conducted on Semenya.

  • Defending Semenya from those who are questioning her gender

    Malema says hermaphrodites do not exist in African society.

  • Malema tells nine traffic officers who stop him after his Range

    Rover is allegedly caught speeding in his Seshego hometown not to bother

    him.

NOVEMBER
  • Malema demands to meet Nedbank boss Tom Boardman.
  • The firebrand youth leader rails against white males, saying they

    still control the country’s economic power by remote control from their golf

    estates. He also warns landowners not to test the patience of the ANCYL by using

    the willing seller-willing buyer process to delay land redistribution.

DECEMBER
  • Malema attacks SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, saying he

    wants to use the party to take over the ANC.

  • Malema calls top SACP leaders “yellow communists” who are greedy

    and want top positions in the ANC to amass wealth.


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