It seems that expelled troublemaker, Julius Malema, has finally found his bandwagon. And this time, he’s riding it all the way to Mangaung.
When Malema was ‘retrenched’ from the ANC earlier this year, he’d all but disappeared into political obscurity. That is until he found an opportunistic tragedy on which to piggyback – the Marikana mining massacre and the wage demands of miners.
Only this time, Julius seems awfully confused about who’s to blame. Last week he again stuck his nose in where it didn’t belong and interfered in the Aurora mine debacle.
Despite the fact that Aurora is owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa, Malema went on to accuse whites of somehow orchestrating the collapse of Aurora and their failure to pay mine workers their salaries.
Only Julius Malema is able to turn every single issue into a blame-the-whites-for-everything, game. Black mine owners completely botched their new operation, leaving their own workers poverty stricken, and now it’s the ‘whites’ who are responsible? Seriously? Is Julius insane?
Malema went on to say, “Boers killed the NUM. They bought them with shares. The Boers have hijacked the revolution through the [ANC] leadership.”
I don’t know of too many “Boer” mine owners. Does he mean that Afrikaners have been paying the ANC leadership? Or does he mean that Afrikaans farmers in South Africa own all the mines too?
The bigger question is, why does Malema’s audience agree with him when he makes such stupid statements? Do they understand what he means as he tries to connect random, unrelated issues together?
Looking ahead to the political showdown that is Mangaung, Malema has been desperately trying to find something, anything, on which to base his tattered campaign. Seems he’s milking the Marikana massacre for all it’s worth as he continues to incite uprisings across South Africa’s mines.
Malema is torn from the same cloth as other regime dictators. They stand up on podiums, incite the people to violence, riling them up with militant speeches, then they sit back while the poor masses fight their wars for them.
I hope the ANC learns from this Malema mess - promoting and encouraging a rebellious youth like Julius Malema was a horrible mistake on their part and one that must never be repeated.