Speakers at Chris Hani lecture preoccupied with Zille, Malema

2014-04-11 10:03

Julius Malema, Helen Zille and their parties got more mentions at what was branded a Chris Hani memorial lecture than the late struggle hero.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her office also came under attack in defence of the Nkandla saga.

Former ANC Youth League leader and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, as well as Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela took the opportunity last night to warn those who had gathered at the University of Venda in Limpopo not to be easily influenced by newcomer political parties with no track record.

Before he began his address, Manamela chanted to a very responsive crowd: “Down with DA, down! Down with EFF, down! Down with the commander-in-shit down!”

Manamela later urged those present to emulate Hani, the former SACP general secretary who was assassinated 21 years ago, and Nelson Mandela because of the values and principles they represented.

“We must advise some of them to go and study and be an advocate; that is a good way of epitomising Nelson Mandela. Some of them [a reference to Julius Malema] have nothing to show either academically or otherwise but yet they want to be referred to as commander-in-chief of a non-existing army,” he said.

“Commanders-in-chief of soldiers who fed themselves with the provincial budget of Limpopo. Commanders-in-chief who epitomise corruption ... ”

“[A] commander-in-chief who bought a house for R3 million, went on to destroy that house and wants to build a house for R16 million. Those are not commanders-in-chief that we emulate.”

In his address Mbalula accused the EFF of plagiarising the Freedom Charter. “Economic freedom fighting is the programme of the ANC, that is the Freedom Charter and that particular agenda remains with us.

“Those who are daydreaming about power are saying they will do things for you; we have long been doing things for you. They have no ideology, no way forward except replicating the Freedom Charter,” he said.

“We’re not a political party that is about rent-a-black [a reference to the DA]. All black people get to be rented by one madam in Cape Town. Black people must refuse to be rented.”

Mbalula said people must choose political parties wisely based on their track record. “Don’t go with fashion. Don’t belong to a movement of adventurists. They inspire you with propaganda and say ‘dump Zuma’. Don’t flow with newcomers who are about rhetoric and slogans,” he said.

“If you want durability, you should go with something that is sustainable and has a track record.”

Mbalula said some parties were using the Nkandla saga as their manifesto because they did not have manifestos. “When we defend President Jacob Zuma, we defend the future and the ANC. We will fix Nkandla including those who inflated prices and brought about corruption. Zuma and the ANC will stay in power forever,” he said.

Manamela later said about Madonsela: “To us the Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela is not God and doesn’t represent the zenith of truth. If we believed that she’s erred in implementing the Constitution of this country we will challenge without fear or favour.

“We believe the agenda of the Public Protector or the person who occupies that office is nothing else but to serve the political interests of the Democratic Alliance, nothing else and nothing more,” he said.

“When the Public Protector exposed corruption in the Western Cape, Zille was the first one to say things we can’t repeat yet today she’s wants to embrace the Public Protector.”

Earlier on, Mbalula said Zille was an “opportunist” who could not create any employment for blacks while “there is no unemployed white person in South Africa”.

“R10 billion was wasted on consultants in the Western Cape and nobody wrote about it when it was exposed by the Auditor-General. People don’t have toilets or shelter, but we’re told the Western Cape is better in comparison to the rest,” he said.

“A good story to tell is in your hands. You know what the ANC has done. [Others] have got nothing to offer to this country. Their noise will all die after the elections.”

Malema will address an EFF rally at the same campus on Sunday.

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