Malema an ‘uncouth brat’

2011-05-16 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi described ANC Youth League president Julius Malema as an “uncouth brat” who has no respect for his elders.

Buthelezi said this in an interview with The Witness following a call by the ANCYL leader for the elderly IFP leader to step down because “he is old and sickly with diabetes”.

Addressing an ANCYL rally in the IFP stronghold of Msinga on Saturday, Malema said that since the establishment of the IFP decades ago Buthelezi has been at the helm of the party.

“How long has the IFP president been leading this party? For the past four presidents of the ANC, the IFP had president Mangosuthu … This shows that there is no democracy in the IFP.

“Even when the man is sick he does not want to leave presidency of the IFP. Why can’t he leave politics to go and look after his health because he is sickly and old. Unoshukela … [he is diabetic],” Malema said to hearty laughter from the ANC crowd.

Speaking to The Witness at another rally in uMsinga, Buthelezi described Malema’s remarks as an insult and said it was a pity that even ANC president Jacob Zuma cannot rein in Malema when he insults people who are older than him.

“Mandela was a senior citizen when he led the ANC and the country, but no such insults were directed at him. I fail to understand why Malema is venting his spleen on me because my leadership of the IFP is an internal IFP matter, not Malema’s. This shows that he is an uncouth brat who has no respect for elders…” Buthelezi said.

Malema also attacked Zuma for calling on farmers in Greytown last week to disregard Malema’s threat that land would be nationalised and reiterated his call for the nationalisation of land and mines.

On the ANC’s unpopular nomination process, Malema warned that after the elections the ANC would remove all councillors whose names were improperly put forward.

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