Malema pulls no punches

2014-06-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — EFF leader Julius Malema yesterday pulled no punches in his reply to President Jacob Zuma’s speech. But while he castigated the ANC government for shooting 34 miners at Marikana and Zuma for being “driven and paralysed” by the fear of “white monopoly capital and white minorities”, he also sparked laughs with his antics.

Malema said no one would remember what Zuma had said in his speech except to ask people to clean things on Mandela Day. “I won’t be cleaning on Mandela Day, but I will be involved in more productive activities,” said Malema.

He said Zuma offered no hope for the hopeless masses and accused him of selling out the revolution.

As Malema delivered his tirade, Zuma rubbed his forehead or sat with his hand under his chin.

Malema said Zuma did not have what it took to lead the struggle for a economic freedom for the black majority.

Malema said there was nothing radical in the president’s radical economic transformation plans, as it was only a repeat of previous empty promises.

Malema said Zuma and the ANC were not brave enough to start real radical economic transformation. “You failed to do that because you are driven and paralysed by fear. The fear of white monopoly capital and white minorities which both you and the DA worship.

“You have in the past 20 years defended the privileges of white minority and continued with the exploitation and exclusion of the oppressed black majority.”

When FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald rose to make a point of order, asking Malema why he was making his speech in the language of the oppressor, Malema responded that he did not have time for racists’ questions.

Malema said the statue of General Louis Botha outside Parliament showed how Zuma’s administration had an “elite pact with the white monopoly”.

“Louis Botha is not our hero and cannot be a hero of a democratic South Africa. He is a colonial warmonger, who fought for the exclusion of black and indigenous people from running their own country and affairs.”

When Malema blamed the ANC government for killing 34 miners at Marikana the ANC bench protested.

But Malema repeated his statement, speaking slower for emphasis: “The ANC government caused the Marikana slaughter. The police represented the ANC government.”

He refused to withdraw the statement.

Thandi Modise, who chaired the session, said he will decide today on Malema’s statement.

When Malema later accused SACP leader Blade Nzimande of causing faction fights in the ANC and Modise asked him to also withdraw this accusation, Malema said: “Honourable chair, I do not agree. You cannot tell me what to say.”

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