THE FORMATION OF EFF
Let me start by stating it clear that EFF must never be compared to COPE and PAC. Those parties were formed by people who were still allowed to be in the ANC unlike Julius Malema. With Julius, those in the leadership of the ANC didn’t like him and he did not form this party because he didn’t like the ANC leadership BUT because some who benefitted a lot from his expulsion tried to convince us that he brought the ANC into disrepute. But some of us still will never believe that fantastic piece of nonsense. He is expelled from ANC and he is a politician therefore it is better for him to have his own party if what he wants to be implemented as policy is rejected and he is even expelled from the party. I doubt if it was Nelson Mandela he would have expelled these young lions from the ANC. I expected Zuma with his ANC experience to sit down with Malema and talk these issues rather than what he did. Now look at disbandments, suspensions and expulsions that take place in the ANC. We cannot even deny the obvious decline of votes which is expected to be worse come 2014.
CHANGING OF JULIUS MALEMA’S MIND ABOUT INDIVIDUALS
First let’s look at how Malema was prepared to kill for Zuma and changed. My question is what is wrong with that? Why don’t you question that Zuma once said Julius was worth leading the ANC but yet he pushed for his expulsion, even Zuma changed. What about Zwelinzima Vavi’s support for Zuma in his corruption case, later Vavi seem to not like Zuma. Anyway we all may have somebody we once thought we will defend in any possible way but because we are human beings, that changed along the way and we have different reasons why. So blaming Malema now for once declaring to die for Zuma is useless, changing your mind is not a problem, I did it several times and many people did. About Thabo Mbeki, I don’t see anything wrong as well. Julius state it clear even now that Thabo Mbeki is intelligent and I agree but he still never agreed that Mbeki was supposed to run for third term which will bring some dictatorship tendencies in the ANC, I fully agree with the young lion.
NATIONALISATION OF MINES AND LAND REFORM
How do you expect ANC to accept it if its leaders are benefitting from the current system? Now did nationalisation fail in all countries? In Botswana I heard it is working and the state owns 51% of the shares in mines and if I was well informed, the same investor in Botswana does invest in South Africa now, then why if SA nationalise then the investor will run away? Simply, if EFF say let us nationalise the same way as in Botswana, why do we think in SA the investor will go away? After following most of Julius Malema’s interviews, we are not talking about wholesale nationalisation here.
If the current economic system in South Africa fails to reduce unemployment, which keeps growing amongst our youths, why do we stick to it? If one mine makes so much money but fails to take even one, one student from poor family to tertiary or even build one shack, a shack yes, what do we do with what was said in the Freedom Charter? A mine surrounded by shacks does not make sense to me while one person is getting richer every day benefitting from same mines.
That is my understanding so far of EFF’s nationalisation story and clarity will come soon after economists and professors that are working on our policy document get done.
Cyril Ramaphosa headed the team that expelled Julius and of which results of the decision were going to be different if the head was Phosa, Sexwale, Modise, Mbalula, Mashatile or Motlhanthe. If Malema managed to push nationalisation in ANC debates and Cyril benefit from current system that mines are using, I didn’t expect Malema to get a fair discipline. If Haenekom once said no to land reform and was part of the 5 that decided Malema’s fate, I didn’t expect fair trial.
Still on the issue of disciplinary, I BLAME MOST ANC MEMBERS FOR FAILING TO DEFEND MALEMA because when he was re-elected as ANCYL president, he said him and Floyd were not safe anymore in the ANC. Why didn’t anyone in the ANC top brass provided this video clip and ask the disciplinary team how come did Malema manage to predict this correctly? It clearly showed the unfairness of the disciplinary. Malema later retracted his statement about Botswana and mind you, he never did what he said he will do about regime change in Botswana…..Anyway enough about that, it is done and dusted YET I do not agree with those who say a politician without a party and rejected by party of his choice because of a group that is in power don’t like him is committing political suicide by forming his own party, IMPOSSIBLE. DISREPUTE in the ANC is interpreted differently and it depends who you are aligned with at the moment because if not then Zuma (examples are so simple, Gupta thing and the rest you will figure out) was not supposed to be the president and Jackson Mthembu would have been expelled as well. But what I liked about Malema’s expulsion is that not everyone agreed that it was fair, even loyal ANC members. BUT ANYWAY WE ACCEPTED AND MOVING ON.
MALEMA ‘THE RACIST’
If you want to know why Malema seems so racist (to you) while we think apartheid has ended, follow white racists’ actions like in 2013; a treacher put an old flag, a white magistrate use a k-word, previous year Mandela street name replaced with Hani’s killer, Hani’s grave damaged by whites and many more. I salute a white parent who exposed that teacher, we need more like him.
I BLAME THE ANC FOR MALEMA’S FINANCIAL TROUBLES
If the ANC was serious about good governance and serious about its youth league members leading the organisation one day, then it should have been the first to call Malema to explain his riches and how he makes money. They knew the salary they were giving him couldn’t afford those things. Yes they should have tried to see if he got it through proper means and IF NOT THEN CHARGE HIM WITH BRINGING THE ANC INTO DISREPUTE long before the matter could go to court. But it looks like blaming those (ANC leaders) as the most corrupt is suitable for them. But now is better because the young lion wants his day in court.
Somebody wrote an article and asked me to do this:
Picture yourself as one of the protesting residents in Khayelisha or a shack dweller in Alex. What choices do you have? Do you vote for the same ANC government, which has promised on many occasions and not delivered, at least from your vintage point of view? Do you vote for the Democratic Alliance against your own internal perceptions that this party is for the affluent and rich, white capitalists? NOW ENTER MALEMA AND HIS ECONOMIC FREEDOM PARTY. I GOT TO VOTE FOR IT. You heard me.