Classic put-down for ANC Youth League

2010-11-11 18:06

Cape Town - The ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape earned a witty reprimand from government spokesperson Themba Maseko on Thursday for its attack on national director of public prosecutions Menzi Simelane.

"I'm reminded of a comment made by Plato in a book called The Republic. He said the worst thing anybody can do is to express a very strong opinion on something you know very little about," he told a media briefing on Wednesday's Cabinet meeting.

The matter was not discussed at Cabinet, he added.

The league's Northern Cape branch on Monday called Simelane a "rented dog of a political conspiracy" following the arrest of provincial ANC leader John Block on fraud charges. ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu subsequently demanded the league apologise to Simelane.

But Northern Cape league chairperson Shadrack Tlhaole refused, telling supporters after Block's court appearance on Wednesday: "The ANCYL is standing by its decision and will not apologise to anyone when we defend John Block".

Simelane was prosecuting Block and eight others for alleged tender fraud worth R112m related to the purchase of water purification equipment for Kimberley Hospital, at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

  • donovanvorster1 - 2010-11-11 18:22

    “put-down”- poetic justice!!!!!!

  • Boerseun - 2010-11-11 18:50

    Hulle is te stupid om selfs dai aanhaling te verstaan.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-11 18:56

    Hell, if they could only talk about topics on which they knew something. We would have a very quiet South Africa. They are void of knowledge of any kind.

  • croix - 2010-11-12 03:50

    May they be "put-down" some more .......... way down - maybe even below 'grass roots' level?

  • anclsemoer - 2010-11-12 04:55

    I think that the ancl is getting far too much exposure in the media. Maybe all the newspapers, TV (SABC ? yeah, right), and NEWS24 should stop showing or publishing almost anything that malema or any of his other brainless comrades have to say about anything. This may be the ideal scenario to test this ridiculous “protection of information bill”. Who knows, this law may have some positive elements! No headlines – no ancl. I said “almost anything”, Well something like the incident with the BBC reporter, and when fatboy got jeered out of the sacp conference and he said “I thought we were all communists” is acceptable and should be exposed. I know, wishful thinking,

      IanJ - 2010-11-12 08:52

      Agreed - The Media do give the ANCYL way too much airtime and their Leadership is so hungry for airtime because it feeds the need to be important and powerful. Should be re-named ANC InfantsLeague.

  • Corry - 2010-11-12 09:54

    Brilliant, although the ANC kindergarten will be too stupid too understand it. They'll probably come out and say this Plato doesn't speak to our people, bladdy agent, baasted. And anyway, on expressing opinions on matters way above their cognitive abilities, when has it ever stopped them before?

  • dylan006 - 2010-11-13 18:28

    ANCYL statement - this plato, what does he know, he is a bloody agent, he knows nothing of my culture, he is racist

  • Nibiru - 2010-11-13 18:59

    This bloody Cape Town DA mayor doesn't know what he is talking about

  • onemantribe - 2010-11-14 11:29

    Another Republic quote: "The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector."

  • onemantribe - 2010-11-14 11:30

    And one more Republic quote for the day: "Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent."

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