Malema won’t consider that Dusi ‘canoe thing’

2010-11-18 00:00

THE ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, has been invited by world-class paddler Oscar Chalupsky to be his celebrity guest in next year’s Unlimited Dusi race, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in February.

In a statement yesterday, Chalupsky said an invitation was extended to Malema to join him and his brother Herman in the gruelling Dusi marathon that will take place from February 17 to 19 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban through the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

When asked by The Witness, Malema said he is not aware of the invitation.

He referred the matter to ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who said, “We are not interested in those things if they have got nothing to do with politics.”

He said; “Go ask him (Oscar)”, before ending the call.

When The Witness phoned Malema again to find out whether he would consider accepting the invitation, he said, “Chief, no” then hung up.

Shivambu later SMSed The Witness saying, “The person who’s doing that is really seeking cheap publicity and most of the media, because of lousiness is falling for that.

“There wasn’t any contact with Youth League president about the canoe thing and he’s already sent out statement of media saying he’s invited the president,” said Shivambu.

Chalupsky has taken a number of celebrities down the gruelling Dusi races — former world champion boxer Baby Jake Matlala, former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana player Doctor Khumalo, “and a number of other celebs”.

“I thought it would be great to take Julius down the river to mark the 60th anniversary of the event in 2011,” said Chalupsky.

Said Ray de Vries, spokesperson for the Dusi, “It would great for the event and we would see it as recognition for the sterling work done by many to transform the event into what it is today.

“As part of the development initiative, we decided to invite Malema to be part of the Dusi because he wields a lot of influence over the youth of this country.”

He said the race organisers believed Malema’s prsence would create a lot of positive publicity for him and the Dusi.

More black paddlers would be interested in the Dusi if they see people like Malema participating, he added.

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