Never underestimate the power of a man that can manipulate and spread propaganda to millions of people. People who are tired of been misled and lied to by their current government. People who were promised the stars, but have yet to experience any of these pledges.
Before delving into the ideologies of Malema and the EFF, let’s take a concise look at historical and present dictators. This way we will be able to determine the similarities in their leadership styles and decide for ourselves if there is a need for concern.
Fascist dictators have all had and have similar agendas. They follow the same protocol when rising to power. But unfortunately, because newer generations are oblivious to historical occurrences - due to a lack of education and disinterest - history tends to repeat itself.
These dictators feel the need to show power through military paraphernalia. They associate authority with martial law. They also gain the trust of the masses by singling out a minority group, blaming this very group for the demise of the nation. With Hitler it was the Jews. Idi Amin Dada – renowned for ethnic persecution and extrajudicial murder. Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam ruled by fear, murdering more than 100 000 people in the name of land reform (sound familiar?). Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia eliminated anyone he considered to be opposition, and murdered thousands of Kebeles, specifically in the name of land reform.
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a dictator rose to power using similar methods, orchestrating the murder of more than 20 000 civilians by fabricating stories of treason and rebellion. Since his time in office, more than 3 million Zimbabweans have lost their homes, jobs and livelihood due to his land reform program. A minority group was also targeted as the enemy of the land, even though it was this very minority group that created and moulded the barren land into a powerhouse of Africa. Now Zimbabwe lies in ruins, farms unproductive and people are dying of starvation. The only beneficiaries of this “democracy” are close relatives and friends. His pure unadulterated hatred of the white race has blinded him to everything but the total annihilation of the people he despises so much. This is the very man that Malema idolises.
Malema is a dictator in the making. A man that is clinging to a militaristic form of power, using words like “economic revolution” and “white supremacy” even though there has been almost two decades of black rule. The white minority group underestimate the power of this man, holding on to the hope that he will be arrested for fraud and tax evasion.
Although he was shunned by the ANC, this man received a hero’s welcome last month at the commemoration rally in Marikana by thousands of people.
Malema is feeding people with news they want to hear. He is making promises that he will deliver to them what the ANC promised to deliver and never did. He is targeting a minority group, blaming this group for taking away from the masses and holding on to land and business that rightfully belong to the black majority.
Malema’s main audience are impressionable youth who are not bound by memories of previous dictators. Many of them do not know who Hitler was. They are easily fired up by promises and the need to belong. The youth, a vast proportion of the population, are ready to die and fight for ideologies they do not understand. They put their trust in these dictators who promise them membership and give them false hope of ownership. Because of the corruption and injustices of the current ANC government, these people need a hero to look up to and give them what they desire.
Many see Malema as a very real threat to the already shaky stability of South Africa. My advice to young South Africans: Do not be trapped by empty promises and falsehood. This man, Malema, will destroy South Africa. He will cause bloodshed and tears. Farms will become unproductive and hyperinflation will destroy companies and investments. White people will be made criminal, much like the Jewish nation was. Black people who oppose his rule will be swiftly dealt with.
My opinion, Malema is a dangerous fascist dictator in the making. Do not allow him to destroy the last power house of Africa.
The following quotes by Malema remind me of Idi Amin Dada. Let them be a warning:
1. He will seek to redistribute land without compensation and nationalise mines.
2. He quoted the EFF as being a radical, militant programme emancipating the people of South Africa.
3. He stated that the oppressed should expect anti-imperialistic actions to undermine neo-liberalism and global capitalism.
He stated that he is a soldier prepared to die for what he believes in, and is prepared to take up arms.
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