You know, I despise troublemaking dictators, I really do. Our besieged continent has had enough of them already, but you have to admire Julius Malema.
As a young child, barely exposed to the atrocities of apartheid, Julius busied himself with the affairs of radical and militant ANC politics. By all accounts, the ANC created this little monster.
And as much as I despise him and everything he stands for, I have to admire his ability to incite the masses into helping him with his political agenda. I don’t approve of his methods - his gutter politics and disgusting racism against non-black South Africans – but he is effective, I’ll give him that.
Let’s be honest, the old guard has grown tired and weary. The ANC is only a shadow of its former self. Cosatu too, have degenerated into a money-making organisation that feeds off the monthly contributions of the poor, but does very little for the working class of South Africa.
In walks Julius Malema, disgraced and expelled former ANC Youth League leader, and he doesn’t confront his nemesis head-on, instead, he play the part of Ghandi, the self-appointed champion of the poor, and places himself right in the middle of the poor masses and their plight against poverty and inequality.
Very, very clever.
So while Julius Malema continues to make a mockery of the non-existent leadership of both the ANC and Cosatu, he slowly continues his ascendency and self-elevation, in the minds of the masses.
While the ANC and Cosatu elite remain perched in their ivory towers, Julius Malema stokes the flames across rural South Africa, appealing to the cries of the needy.
And so far, he’s winning this political battle.
The leaderless ANC and the directionless Cosatu, merely pay lip service to the needs of South Africa. They don’t really care, and Malema has jumped on this self-evident farce which is the so-called leadership of our country.
Where the ANC mother body should be addressing key issues like crime, service delivery and employment inequalities, it’s Malema who’s becoming the voice of the people.
Where Cosatu and other trade unions, should be leading the way in terms of minimum wages and labour relations, it’s Malema who’s becoming the voice of the people.
This man is rendering both the ANC and Cosatu, ineffective, irrelevant and quite frankly, unnecessary.
I despise Julius Malema and his racist, militant rhetoric - countries have been ruined through people like this.
But I have to admit that he seems to be the only ‘leader’ in the tripartite alliance that has the courage of his convictions to stand for something.
To be clear, I hate what he stands for and don’t ever wish to see his anarchy pervaded throughout our beautiful land, but at least he’s committed to his ideals and continues to forge ahead in the face of massive opposition.
The scary part is, if Julius Malema was a democratic, peaceful, non-racial South African, who punted equal rights for South Africans of all race groups, I would probably support him.