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We need to educate Julius Malema

23 April 2012, 14:22

He rose into prominence for the first time when he became the President of the ANCYL (African National Congress Youth League). The position that made him a prominent member of the political landscape and the most favoured subject in comedies, satires and all those things that makes one giggle. A man in question is Julius Malema. He is not a stranger to you, is he?

At the 24th elective conference of the ANCYL, Julius Malema emerged victorious unopposed. His victory means nothing, other than another three years as the president of those under the age of 35. Jujuboy as he is affectionately known, by virtue of his leadership title commands power, which in turn he seems to be abusing. He threatens the ruling elite and asks them whether they know who he is [sic].

With no further rumble, let me put it on record that I have nothing against Julius Malema, his entourages, and his sparkly bright ambitions of economically liberating the children of the working class, many of whom are hopeless black youth. However, it must be noted that since he is my president, his opinions and intentions on economic policies matters very much to me and I hope it does to you too. I therefore, suggest that Mr Malema needs to put his brain in gear before his mouth is in motion, when matters on economic policy framework are of concern.

I write this post after realising that Mr Malema does not really understand the aftermath of nationalisation and expropriation of land without compensation – two of the economic policies that he is gunning for in order to liberate the black youth of South Africa. At least he hopes so!!!

By listening to his speeches, commentary and other materials that express his opinion, you will gather that in addition to his top calibre leadership qualities, our youth president needs something that will alter his thinking for the better. He needs help – of a fundamental nature for that matter!

Let me tell you something. In my arrogant opinion I believe that Julius needs to be educated- not a bachelor type of study – but the type of education that will empower him to be a critical thinker, a thought leader. Let me reaffirm that in no way am I undermining the good work of Julius in the ANC, his importance in this country and I know for a fact that in Jujuboy (to be affectionate) lies a potentially good leader.

I humbly request those who hold power in academia to educate Julius Malema on issues ranging from economics, public policy, and capacity building & social cohesion. Those in academia must help educate Julius as soon as possible before he runs South Africa into a banana republic.

South Africa, we need to educate Julius Malema as a matter of urgency. Should he be educated, the academic responsible for his education deserves the national order or any highest award that the country can confer on its citizens for he would have solved problem that might have arisen from Malemarrogance (To coin a new word). Such an education will empower Malema to understand basic economics, the effect of every proposed public policy, the role that social cohesion plays in a racially-polarised country like South Africa and the added benefits that comes with it.

I say without hiding and holding my breath, that whenever I am bored I play some of Malema’s audio and video playback. I mean the guy is brilliant, controversial, and funny-but at this stage Julius Malema needs an education – of what sort, I don’t know-he needs an education nonetheless.

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