PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
James Francis
 
Comments: 13
Article views: 136
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all James Francis's badges.
 

This article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice report. Articles are selected based on quality of writing, audience response, newsworthiness and originality, and is at the discretion of the MyNews24 editors.

The Fall Of Malema is a Bad Thing

15 November 2011, 13:15
There is no mincing words around the topic: Julius Malema is not a popular guy among much of South Africa's population. He has managed to bridge a divide only formerly occupied by crime and high fuel prices, intimidating people both in the ANC and on the other side of the fence. Granted, his appeal to the disenfranchised of South Africa is the root of his power and, as many analysts have warned, this factor should not be underestimated - if only because those people are clearly gagging for an outlet and a public voice. 

But this is not why Malema's dismissal concerns me. Nor the circumstances: all the ANC leaders did was give him enough rope. Eventually he and his ilk would say something stupid. Threatening a sovereign nation would do the trick. Malema did himself in and it is his fault.

But more worrying is how happy everyone is about it. The big, bad Malema is gone. Zuma cleans up his house. Change is coming! Alas, all I can see is smart politics and a president consolidating his power. When Jacob Zuma successfully seized the ANC presidency, many started to predict that his anti-Mbeki alliance would crumble. That he was in trouble and the whole business would fracture. But with Malema we saw a politician who is clearly pulling the right strings and axing the right people - for him. 

It is an open secret that there is much in-fighting in the ANC, something that in the long term would be useful. Surely more can be done once the ruling party learns that there are alternatives to voting along the party line. But this is not likely to happen soon, since Zuma just sent a clear message: either you work for me or you get crushed. Malema made that mistake and he paid dearly. 5 years is a ridiculous sentence. It effectively kills his political career and he isn't likely to recover, unless he is smart about it. In a pool of sharks losing your teeth is a permanent thing, even if they grow back. 

Did we all forget the pre-Malema ANC, when we were all more concerned about Zuma? Malema was useful to distract from the other problems - dodgy ministers, internal conflicts and shady goings-on. Now he is gone and we are all happy. Happy for what? That a plausible critic and antagonist to the president was squashed with such ease? And with such swift brutality? If anything, it shows that unless a politician is squeaky-clean, they will likely be blackmailed into supporting ideas and ideologies that are not necessarily for the greater good of the nation...

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Joe Johnson789
Celebrity deaths bring violent cr...

The eyes of the world were on South Africa for about ten months the trial of Oscar Pistorius lasted. It was reported as one of the most watched media events in recent history. Read more...

6 comments 228 views
Submitted by
Manny Obi-Wan Meyer
The pleasure of finding things ou...

I have often wondered how the events of my past have structured my life in the present, my various skills and propensities, my way of reflecting upon the world at large. Read more...

1 comments 262 views
Submitted by
capetowndoll
God is tangible

I am writing this to let every atheist know what happened to me when I was deeply concerned about my mother. Read more...

134 comments 1985 views
Submitted by
Inspired Parenting
10 Tips for helping our matric st...

As more than half a million matrics in South Africa begin their exams, the hopes and dreams of our country rest on their shoulders. Read more...

7 comments 348 views
Submitted by
Percy_Makholwa
Mindless seriousness

The work place is at times defined by mindless seriousness, at least this is my experience in the South African workforce.  Read more...

5 comments 362 views
Submitted by
Enzo Ball
God ran out of time

We are constantly told that god is this that and the other, he is, he was and will be, plus other really amazing stuff.  Read more...

94 comments 826 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.