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I will buy City Press

2012-05-28 07:29

Julius Malema

During my tenure as President of the ANC Youth League, I have been a victim of vilification and disreputation by many of South Africa’s leading newspapers.

The newspaper which I believe encroached on my personal space and undermined my integrity most as an individual was City Press.

In a marathon of articles that lasted more than six months, City Press ran a public trial on me and my finances with very damaging undertones – that I am the most corrupt politician in South Africa.

Amid all these allegations and innuendos, I have always made a point of meeting the leadership and editorial of City Press to give my side of the story and lay official complaints over what I believed were overboard practices by some reporters.

City Press has still not admitted to the many mistakes I said they committed in reporting on my personal life.

So the views I am expressing here are not about (saving) City Press’ face or rewarding them for anything positive they have done for me.

The views expressed here are about the fundamental need to protect the right of all South Africans to express different opinions and perspectives on any matter under the sun, because that is what our democracy entails.

Since the wrong depiction of President Zuma in a Vladimir Lenin posture with unzipped pants by an artist, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party, Blade Nzimande, and, oddly, the secretary general of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe have called for the banning and boycotting of City Press by all peace-loving South Africans.

In essence they meant that all of us who love peace and stability in South Africa should stop buying City Press because it has a different opinion on whether the picture depicting President Zuma should be removed from their website.

If all of us who are called upon to boycott City Press do so, the newspaper will lose its readership and consequently revenue because advertisers, in particular the state, will not continue to advertise in a newspaper boycotted by peace-loving South Africans.

Basically, Nzimande and Mantashe are calling for the closure of City Press if the newspaper does not agree with what they believe to be the absolute truth.

The banning, boycotting and call for the closure of City Press not only amounts to media censure, it undermines the judiciary, which is still in the process of determining the right and wrong of what the ANC believes are absolute truths.

Of all freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights, the right we should defend with our lives is the right to hold different opinions on how we view society and how we think certain matters should be handled.

Our forefathers thrived for many years in difficult times because they cherished free press and freedom of expression.

Banning newspapers simply because we disagree with them, and boycotting them on the basis of believing that our conception of truth is absolute, poses a real threat to our democracy.

Even when we expressed utmost anger against a BBC journalist – which we later apologised for – we never took a decision to ban the BBC or the journalist from our press conferences, because we need to protect everyone’s space to disagree.

I normally do not read newspapers, but as a peace-loving South African and a committed member, servant and supporter of the ANC, I think I should buy two copies of City Press this Sunday to protect the true values of the African National Congress.

We should be very worried that the voice of reason is disappearing and no one has the courage to stand up and speak against undemocratic and potentially despotic practices from within the ranks of the democratic movement.

What happened to genuine leaders of the ANC who fought for all these rights?

Once this voice is silenced and remains silent, many will be casualties of the intolerance, and it will be a sad day in the history of South Africa and the democratic ANC.

The question we should now ask is, “Who’s next?”

» Malema signed this letter as “Commander in chief of Economic Freedom Fighters”

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Comments
  • Themba - 2012-05-27 10:50

    Bravo! Well conceptualised. Freedom of speech is not absolute, and where the bounds of free speech have been exceeded, the law provides recourse. That is the route which the ANC rightly decided to follow by going to court. But to call for a boycott is nothing short of apartheid style censorship: 'write only what we agree with as the ANC or we'll close you down.' The ANC clearly thinks we are Zimbabwe extension.

      Jo - 2012-05-28 08:51

      This will make me buy their paper and read it more often

      Tax - 2012-05-28 10:17

      The only truthfull bit in the above spew is when he says "I do not normally read newspapers". The Corruptor in Chief of Economic Thiefdom Fighters is most definitely not a "peace loving" South African. He advocates the shooting of farmers, theft of legally owned land and home invasions (remember he told us that his followers are going to take the cheese from our fridges).

      Bambanani - 2012-05-28 12:46

      malema real like attention like a small boy,what is notjing but nonsense,the anc has all the rights to call its members to boycot any publication,not julius he is not the member or supporter of the anc,it is our rights as anc to boycot city press as much as city claim is their right to publish whatever they feel like publishing,DA,MALEMAS OF THIS WORLD can go on and buy 2,3,or more copies,it also your rights.is cold out there,when you wanted to kill for zuma,that was illegal and not constitunal,now because the anc expelled you,u thought this is a chance to lambast the leadership.

  • Clive - 2012-05-27 10:52

    How rich coming from someone who wanted to ban twitter! How could City Press forget that? Or is it a matter of convenience? I do share the sentiments though.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-05-28 10:04

      Having listened to some of Julius' public addresses in the past, I can't help but feel that the person who should be getting some cred here is actually Julius' PR guy/Spindoctor, who has taken his time writing an article worth reading. I must agree though with Julius' sentiments about taking down twitter, maybe I can stop reading about people telling me their every move in a day like some twisted boring version of the Truman Show.

      jason.joao - 2012-05-28 19:11

      ianmichaelcalder - or you could just "unfollow"...

  • phetola.ramatapa - 2012-05-27 10:56

    Viva comrade julias malema Viva...

      Rudie - 2012-05-28 08:54

      Viva for that poephol?

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-05-27 11:08

    Malema 's view quite refreshing

      Andre - 2012-05-28 08:53

      If you believe this is his honest view, you are making a grave mistake. Did you forget how he treated a foreign press reporter? He is playing a cheap political game!

      Rudie - 2012-05-28 08:54

      Like a fart.

  • nomvete - 2012-05-27 11:15

    Regardless of Juju's past sentiments about the banning of twitter and criticism of the press at large, I give him a thumbs up on this one. Our country is slowly moving to the direction of high practice of censorship if any voice is counter government. We are currently looking at an imminent, I fear, passing of the information bill that limits expression and exposing of information and now we have people who because of the powers they hold want to challenge the constitution.. what the hell????? Some one give the President a Bell's

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-27 11:24

    guess this dude will never disappear from sa media..remains relevant #asijiki

      Michael - 2012-05-28 09:30

      I reckon he should get together with that Kardashian tart and the circle would be complete ;)

  • Nomfundo - 2012-05-27 11:27

    I can't say more, well put Juju, for the first time I agree with you 100%. I'm also going to subscribe to the City Press which I've never done before just to register my support for democracy in South Africa. The South Africa we all fought for, Black & White!!

  • muzi.lindokuhle - 2012-05-27 11:55

    you are free to do it Julius

  • Hlogi - 2012-05-27 13:11

    Wow very sensible and well thought I must say a breath of fresh air 4 a change ,coming 4rm juju

  • sphedave - 2012-05-27 13:19

    At some point, the Muslim society was very angered by the supposed wrong depiction of their culture and religion in "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie. A Fatwa was declared upon his head, his book was burned and banned in some countries, the publisher's headquarters was bombed and many killings subsequently followed. Salman issued a public statement of apology at some point which was disregarded by those who thirsted for his blood. This was some kind of intolerance of the worst order. Salman's life still hangs by the thread in his country of birth. On the other hand, South Africa is a constitutional democracy with profound rights enshrined for every individual. Having a dictatorial bunch of politicians who want monopoly of the public opinion, for me, makes them no different to Ayatollah Khomeini and his fanatical, terrorists who wanted to thrive on the demise of an author and the silence of the media. Well done Juju.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-27 13:26

    Juju, ucan buy as many copies as you like. remember not so long ago you were leading the force that kicked Thabo Mbeki out of power. Just imagine the smile on his face every time he reads such stories. Kharma bro.....

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-27 13:31

    Juju is speaking coz he got thrown out of the ANC, just imagine the song he could have been singing if this had happened two years back.... Blieve you me, the lyrics of his song could have been including the words( burn the City Press)

  • lerumo.mkhonto - 2012-05-27 13:37

    Banning the newspaper is wrong. If delivery was happening, I bet we would not have this. But, what an opportunist Julius Malema is. Had he not been sacked I bet he would be in the forefront supported this banishment. Tax man, Hawks, Public Protector, SAPS don't be intimidated by Julius, continue with your work.

  • stephen.fienberg - 2012-05-27 13:49

    Hypocrite! "Get out! Bloody agent!" "The banning, boycotting and call for the closure of City Press not only amounts to media censure, it undermines the judiciary." These two sentences came out of the same mouth and clearly contradict each other. You support the ANC when its convenient and you bad mouth it when its convenient like now when you are trying to divide the party and find a way back in. Mr. Malema, no one cares what you have to say any more as it's all BS.

      Stephen - 2012-05-28 08:53

      I don't believe a word that comes out of his mouth. He's got some new guy writing his speeches for him.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-28 12:50

      well said,malema can fool some esp in limpompo,but he cant fool all of us,when he was jz fan he was prepare to kill.

  • Mgcineni - 2012-05-27 13:50

    Julius, I am not surprised. Go on venting the venom of your spleen. Buy 100 copies and read them one by one, it is typical of you.

  • kholisanimtshaza.mdini - 2012-05-27 14:11

    VIVA Juju VIVA!! Malema has valid points regardless of which position is holding. Who is Mantasha and Nzimande to tell the nation must boycott City press? both of them deserved to be damned and flourish down the drain because they reverse the democracy of this country. I am taken by surprised to hear a PHD man like Blade Nzimande that a leading newspaper in South Africa must be banned mainly is disagreeing with them. A man who is holding a senior position in government, what message is sending to us as students. in this respect, i fully concur with Malema. Nzimande and Gwede are owing us an apology and they must do so in the interest of democracy

  • clive.mntambo - 2012-05-27 15:08

    How convenient when he humiliated a BBC journalist @ Luthuli House and even insulting him calling him Bastard, small boy, agent etc. so much for double standards!!!

  • Themba - 2012-05-27 15:17

    I disagree with Malema, both the SACP and the ANC never said what the nwes paper and the gallery is true or not true but were raising the issue of dignity and Zuma"s right of privacy. And yes they never said evreyone must not buy but those who support Zuma's rights which are being abuse by the news paper and the gallery. No one in South Africa has expected you Malema to support this noble cause for not buying the newspaper as we all knows that you r still angry with Zuma who u accuse of firing u from the ANC. So we r not surprise as we know that u r Tjatjaraga who is not discipline who thinks today people will buy ur piece of thinking, no only those who do not see the truth will be with u. I bought the newspaper because i wanted to but the decision by SACP & ANC is sound. Now u want them to write gud about u? Citypress is not investigating ur corrupt activities but SARS, The Hawks and Public Protector. You r in for it young man n do not blame others for your clever deeds.You think the public is dom.

  • Tshepho - 2012-05-27 15:17

    i agree with u juju 100%,disagreement does't mean dat we must kill each other,those 2 guys they know nothing abt demogracy...democracy is abt debate engagement our constitution is a work of debate nd negotiation.. VIVA DEMOCRACY VIVA.....

  • abrham.nel - 2012-05-27 16:25

    hiert jou sjongololo, could i borrow your tongue, i want to dig in my garden!

  • Linda - 2012-05-27 19:15

    THE SPEAR STUBED AND DEVIDED THE NATION

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-27 19:41

    How does one hate and love the same person , luv the person when he is his payroll and hate the very person when he is deleted from the same payroll. Juju, you created the Zuma monster so live with it

      Enva - 2012-05-28 09:22

      Thabo, what are u talking about?

  • nhlanhla.zulu - 2012-05-27 20:47

    Malema's position on this is very convenient; considering he hates Zuma and his leadership. What else can you expect from this chameleon politician. When was this 'democracy' he so endears when he publicly vowed to 'kill for zuma', singing 'kill the boer', insulting all and sundry who voieced different opinions. He's on point. But we must be wary of this chameleon leadership that changes colours out-o-the-blue. We mightnot like the SURPISE next time.

  • Will08iam - 2012-05-27 22:34

    God bless South Africa! !

  • Lincoln - 2012-05-27 22:46

    For me i feel that the ANC is tactically campaigning for JZ. This is just another strategic move to get people's sentiments towards JZ. Playing victim has been in the past JZ's strategy and this spear issue has come at the right time for him to play victim once again and play on people's sentiments. So far this is working in his favour for Mangaung. i'm so in awe of this cheap politicking. We should be aware that there is a shift from the politics of pre-apartheid and post apartheid ±15yrs into democracy, JZ and people that surround him are using crafty politics and we should start to have a wake up call, this is dirty politics at its best.

  • greeff.kotze - 2012-05-28 00:13

    A bit self-serving, perhaps, considering the timing. Good speech, though - it hits all the right buttons. But what's with the "royal we"?

  • Nhlamulo - 2012-05-28 01:20

    It takes very little to impress readers on this page. There is nothing wow about this piece. If anything - it's badly written and lacks any sought of original thought. That's not even going into the politics of "why" Julius is writing this piece in the first place. Come-on people... are we this starved of any intelligent thought leadership?

  • batandwa.phokiyana - 2012-05-28 01:39

    You know sometimes we must know where we come from,not just because smeone has a grugde against someone,but for the fact of being a South African,where is ubuntu?and i was so sad when i here the president singing the song senzeni na in eDikeni which show that the president even himself doen"t have hope.

  • Gerald - 2012-05-28 08:08

    Hahaha there is no way in hell Julias Malema wrote this!

  • jfogwell - 2012-05-28 08:19

    Officially the first time I agree with Malema. This is how a politician should talk. Hope it is a true sense of what is to come and not just political gamesmanship. SA needs responsible leaders that does not just attack everyone with aggression and spite, but a leader that has the ability to sit back and think for 5 minutes before making a statement. A have to be a bit cynical, but I also believe good leadership should be supported. Even if you do not agree with all of a persons politics.

  • Jaco - 2012-05-28 08:26

    Come now... I dont know who wrote this but Julius Malema surely DID NOT. He may have had some input, but he does not even know how to string a sentence together in English. "They used me like a used condom!"... thats his best English right there!

  • suzanne.boswellrudham - 2012-05-28 08:37

    Ummmm - "I will close down Twitter" ring any bells? This is posturing and merely telling people what they want to hear. You are no better than any other politician using an event for your own gain. Stop talking and start doing. We are judged by what we do not what we say. So instead of writing open letters why dont all you politicians get off your fat asses and do something instead of getting your PR team to write letters to assist you in the struggle for power in the ANC. You sir, are no better than the opportunist that smashed my window to steal my bag.....oh wait no you are worse....you have the power to create jobs and make a positive change. But no, you spend money on cars, property and the highlife instead of helping that desperate soul who had to steal my bag to feed his family. Please feel free to write open letters to me when you have built a few schools, provided jobs and made a positive influence on the South African landscape, but until then please don't insult my intelligence which your shallow, dishonest drivel

  • Fezile - 2012-05-28 08:42

    JM did not write this article....

      Stephen - 2012-05-28 08:55

      For sure.

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-05-28 08:45

    Magdalene Moonsamy (ANCYL spokesperson) for President aka the real author of this piece. Look her up, she is one for the future.

  • Fred - 2012-05-28 08:49

    Dictator in the making.

  • Herman - 2012-05-28 09:18

    JM wrote this article himself. like or not, he is very wise indeed. ask those who took him to court for singing that song. he riiped them apart.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-28 09:32

    good

  • silven.makhubela - 2012-05-28 09:36

    Juju you My president though I never expect you to say this....on a note of freedom of speech allow me to exercise mine...as much as we have to exercise that right we must be careful on the content and the meaning much if our expression will be in a public domain for we don't need a ill-moral info feed'd society question is what meaning does the portrait have...if its about the 1st statesman number of women and other personal affairs was it really necessary to come up with what I saw as pure pornographic image...as he the only state man to have more than 1 wife....for I know 1 with 70 but I never saw any artistic what so ever of him displayed as they did to Zuma yes to boycott the news paper is totally childish and truly pathetic the call by the two gentleman is somehow ill-matured for the city press to continue placing the pic in their system is questionable and it having nothing to do with freedom of speech maybe murray should be given a platform to explain to the nation the mind behind what reached our eyes as a pure disrespect to fellow human being.......art must bring upon positive teaching that will build a nation where there by provoking debate or not but it must build at the end of the day......not to destroy and personal target and individually and humiliate him.....He is our president we respect Zuma.....some1 must explain what is that spear portrait and why was it placed in the public eye.

  • Bambanani - 2012-05-28 13:12

    "during my tenure as president of the ancyouth league,"i thought malema is still the president,or common sense has prevail.now is the time to form the masakhane youth congress.

  • Ryan - 2012-05-28 16:07

    This guy normally talks nonsense but I am pleasantly surprised at this view. Perhaps he is not as single minded as he makes out. Perhaps Mr. Malema is actually MUCH more intelligent than he lets on?

  • Martin - 2012-05-28 16:15

    Commander in Chief or better Big Chief of Tribe, what about you calling for the removal of the Botswana leadership, equally only based on disagreement of opinion??? Sorry, but this stinks to the pole an back, nor do I believe for a second that you have written this letter yourself. You disagree with Nzimande and Mantashe for a while already, this is a mere "marketing stunt" to boost your own damaged image, while damage theirs at the same time... They are as wrong as you are and 2 wrongs don't make a right Chief, even if woodworks may have taught you differently.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-30 08:20

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaIlbXXbE1U&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • flysouth - 2012-05-30 08:46

    Was this really written by Fatboy? I wonder....! However if it was then I need to ask him, in light of his suggestion that he buy City press - "Have you just secured a nice tender from your corrupt chums in Limpopo then Julius?"

  • mushavhim.sadiki - 2012-05-30 08:50

    This was the only man who was able to stand-up against his Leadership for what he believed and now we are doomed because no one is standing up for the good of our republic. I pray and hope that South Africa will raise someone who will speak his/her mind without fear in order to liberate this nation from the "power hungry and corrupt" officials. Malema you are truly missed

  • Cassius - 2012-05-30 10:13

    Take him for a TV or a press interview,He'll contradict himself by speaking contrary to the spew above.

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