What would SA politics be without the insults?

2015-02-16 12:29

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Name calling and rhetoric are commonplace on the South African political scene. A politician’s currency seems to gain value with their use of colourful language.

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete’s recent reference to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema as a cockroach has sparked outrage among the red berets, who are themselves not economical with such jibes.

In fact, a few politicians have been on the receiving end of Malema’s vitriol.

Below is a selection of utterances that have made headlines and raised the ire of political opponents.

» Former Big Brother celebrity Brad Wood on Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon in 2004: “I don’t like you. To me you’re nothing more than a yapping chihuahua and a prime example of why I don’t want to be called a politician.”

» Malema on Helen Zille in 2009: “She, the racist little girl, must remember that [Jacob] Zuma is her boss.”

» At a rally in Stellenbosch marking the 66th birthday of the youth league in 2010, Malema called Zille a cockroach who must be voted out of power: “If Zille had her way, she would declare the Western Cape an independent republic. You have put a cockroach in Cabinet and we need to remove that cockroach by voting the ANC into power.”

» Malema on IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi in 2009: “The ANC Youth League is a factory that has produced the best [leaders], but while we have produced the best like [Nelson] Mandela, there was also Buthelezi, who was a factory fault.”

» Buthelezi responds to Malema in 2009: “Julius Malema is no more than an ill-bred brat whose behaviour is not only un-African, but crude by the standards of any culture in the world.”

» Malema on Minister Naledi Pandor in 2009: “She must use her fake accent to address our problems.”

» Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to DA MP David Maynier in 2012: “Keep your flea-infested body at peace and sit down.”

» AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on Zuma in 2013: “Zuma has a shower mentality, and a habit of not condomising.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.