Sasco takes dig at Malema, warns against ‘counter-revolutionaries’

2012-09-10 00:00

THE 21st anniversary of the South African Students Congress (Sasco) turned into a Julius Malema bashing day as tripartite alliance leaders took a dig at the former youth leader and his supporters for his role in the Marikana massacre.

Ironically, Minister of Public Enterprise Malusi Gigaba labelled Malema and his supporters “counter revolutionaries” — Juju’s own favourite phrase to describe people he disagrees with.

The leaders at the event at UKZN’s Westville campus, who included Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, lambasted “counter revolutionaries” who were using the Marikana mine tragedy to regain political ground.

Gigaba warned the students to be careful of “counter revolutionaries” because they seek to exploit the genuine grievances of the poor.

Dlamini said demagogues were like Samson of the Bible, who when he lost his powers decided that everyone would die with him.

“We would not like to die, so those who are calling for the destabilisation of mines want to destroy NUM [National Union of Mineworkers] and by doing so weaken Cosatu and thereby destroy the ANC,” he said.

Dlamini also commended ANC Youth League president Ronald Lamola for not attacking Cosatu in his address to Sasco.

“After you presented your speech I can now differentiate between the ANCYL and the friends of Julius Malema,” said Dlamini to Lamola, who blushed every time he was referred to as the youth league president.

The anniversary was also used to canvass student support for the current ANC leadership ahead of the Mangaung elective conference.

Young Communist League secretary Bhuti Manamela said those who were calling for leadership change were saying the same thing going to Polokwane, where they lost, and that they would lose again in Mangaung.

• thobani.ngqulunga

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