In the first part of this article “I will kill for Malema…… (Maybe not)” we looked at how Malema was able to obtain power and how he used it to control various decisions within the ANC.
It is no secret that the majority of people in this Country are predominantly black people and of those people, a significant number is still uneducated and occupying low-level income jobs across different industries. There is another portion that is not employed at all and their number is significantly higher than all other races employed.
Where there is poverty, there’s also desperation for a better life. Most of these people are only interested in getting a job so that they can be able to provide for their families and in the least be able to afford buying food for their survival. When as a government you talk about foreign investments which will yield employment, all is said in vein when their lives are not an epitome of that change. When the government speaks about BEE as a means to address inequality and create jobs, it can only be facilitated when the relevant people benefit from it. BEE could have accomplished so much If only the tender process was centralized and sufficient vetting done before it is awarded. Instead corruption just like apartheid will facilitate in making the poor poorer and the rich richer.
I don’t understand what Malema refers to by “economic freedom” were else his own life has just been an illustration of how human greed can engulf one’s soul into being concerned with nothing but itself. He was officially holding the cards in Limpopo, associated with all the powerful people you can think of and yet in all his might he has done nothing for the youth of Limpopo. He only became powerful in his own right to serve himself, acquiring millions, giving tenders to those he liked, driving fancy cars and becoming an icon for fashionable t-shirts. If Limpopo was his strong hold for enriching himself with no difference made to change the lives of ordinary people, does he really think we believe him when he says that he is fighting for the poor? His obsession for fame and power has made him gullible to lies and manipulation. Does he maybe want to own more land hence the “economic freedom” notion?
Malema knows exactly that the audience he talks to is desperate and not educated. He just needs to say the right things just like “We will not tolerate it anymore that our people go to bed hungry on a daily basis while others are staying in their Sandtons” for him to get the “accolades”. The truth is most of Malema’s utterances have been made such that they spike emotions and not address the feasibility of “how it can be done”. His audience is not anyway interested in the how part. However the “how part” is in essence what determines ones willingness to place mechanisms in place and earnestly talk to people about efforts being made. It is for this reason amongst many that I don’t find Malema to be a leader at all.
I’m of the opinion however that some of the issues he raised should be addressed as a lot still need to be done in this Country but first let’s rid ourselves of corruption. Let the people awarded tenders be rotated, let’s screen the members to see if they are not affiliated with the people awarding tenders in anyway, let small companies be given mentors and also benefit cause that’s how they will get their experience, let’s create a central area were all tenders for a certain value can be approved.
I do not disregard all that Malema has said but I’m merely pointing out that he has never done anything that wouldn’t benefit him as a person and therefore questioning the motive.
Long live Malema (in his dreams)
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