Mocking dance could put Malema in more hot water

2011-12-20 00:00

SUSPENDED ANC Youth leader Julius Malema’s political woes could increase following his weekend “showerhead” jig in Polokwane.

At the ANC’s Limpopo congress on Saturday, Malema did a short dance in which he held his fingers above his head to resemble a showerhead during the singing of a new protest song: The Shower man is giving us uphill.

Since his rape trial four years ago, President Jacob Zuma has been mocked by his detractors for suggesting that a thorough shower could prevent the transmission of the HI virus.

All indications are that complaints about the mocking song may lead to more charges against Malema. He is currently appealing his suspension for bringing the party into disrepute.

KwaZulu-Natal SACP secretary Themba Mthembu was among those who felt that Malema should face further disciplinary action.

“Acts like these are unprecedented and should make us very afraid. We ought to respect the head of state and the country.”

Mthembu said the KZN SACP would discuss the matter with its ally, although it did not want to prescribe to the ANC.

He told reporters in Durban he would be very surprised if new disciplinary steps were not taken against Malema.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said complaints about any incident at the Limpopo congress could be submitted only once the congress had ended.

About 1 200 delegates met in closed session yesterday to discuss policy and resolutions.

The largest group of delegates is not well disposed towards the president, and appears to want to use its majority to adopt resolutions and policy proposals that will embarrass Zuma.

These will be announced later today.

It is expected that a resolution in favour of nationalisation (as proposed by the youth league) and a resolution against interference by the national government in provincial management will be included.

The national government has taken over the administration of key Limpopo departments, a move that has come under fire from many of Zuma’s critics.

Sapa reports that Limpopo ANC provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane denied that a motion would be adopted that the ANC should not suspend Malema.

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