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Malema: 'Ego-driven force of destruction'

2012-02-06 16:08

Johannesburg - Julius Malema's political future and the ramifications of the ANC's disciplinary appeal outcome were a hot topic in editorials around the country on Monday.

The ANC's disciplinary appeals committee's decision to uphold a finding that he be suspended from the party "restores a sense of sanity to the political scene in SA", according to Business Day.

Because there was no further appeal, except to the party itself, "there is no escaping the fact that the decision to discipline Mr Malema and his closest lieutenants was an overtly political act".

Editor Peter Bruce wrote in his Monday column, The Thick End of the Wedge: "By the time the Hawks and the revenue service are finished with him, he may no longer wish he was even a South African."

Nationalisation of the mines as a topic for serious debate would disappear along with Malema.

However, it would be astonishing if Malema's departure "does not in fact, clear it for a new, perhaps hidden for now, threat to Zuma's leadership", Bruce wrote.

'An ego-driven force of destruction'


According to the Sowetan, people celebrating Malema's downfall in his hometown of Seshego, Limpopo seemed to be saying he no longer represented their ideals.

"No doubt, others who will celebrate Malema's downfall are the business people who have lost out in tenders because they did not belong to Malema's powerful group who allegedly fixed tenders using their political power."

Used to "fast track the establishment of the Polokwane regime", he was now dispensable.

The Citizen said President Jacob Zuma's "camp" had used Malema when it suited it to oust former president Thabo Mbeki, but realised too late that he was "an ego-driven force of destruction".

"Those who seek Zuma's downfall will no longer be able to use Malema as a front," The Citizen's editorial reads.

The Cape Times said Malema's political career was hanging "by the thinnest of threads".

The New Age said it had "become the norm for such people to make public pronouncements that ridiculed ANC leaders and other citizens in a manner not expected of party members".

"It there is a lesson to be learnt here it is that no member is greater than the ANC."

Factionalism

The Times said people burning a T-shirt with Malema's image in his hometown Seshego, and a low turnout of league supporters outside Luthuli House at the ANC's announcement of the outcome of Malema's appeal on Saturday, showed a man "alone".

Zuma should be relieved Malema had been weakened. Even if Malema backed another candidate for president he would not have the power of the league, The Times wrote.

According to The Star, Malema should have been fired in 2008 when he vowed to die and kill for Zuma.

"The president was silent then because Malema was advancing his cause."

It concluded that factionalism would continue to "paralyse" the party.

Comments
  • Jason - 2012-02-06 16:15

    Cmon Hawks and Sars!!! Finish him off!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-02-06 16:33

      News24 - much better article! Informative and seemingly without obvious faults.

      Typersa - 2012-02-06 16:44

      Yeah, destroy this idiot!!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-06 16:53

      SARS as in South African Revenue Service or SARS as in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome? Either way, I'm ok, just wanted to prevent any confusion.

      john.h.viljoen - 2012-02-06 17:28

      Agreed,good riddance to bad rubbish.nail him!

  • Sam - 2012-02-06 16:31

    At least people managed to secure their 2nd terms, more shower

  • Maggyone - 2012-02-06 16:34

    and what are you going write about when juju is gone?thinking of your next cashcow as yet? who is going to sell papers,who is going to make the political analysts seem relevant? whats the move/

      Gerhard - 2012-02-06 16:49

      Oh the list is endless!!! The ANC and ANCYL creates a new power hungry dictator at least once every day. Unfortunately, some of them don't make it. Malema was one of their best, but they are working on a new improved, athletic model for release by Autumn. This one doesn't come with a beret, like Malema, as Malema was their military version.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-06 17:26

      May I suggest more news from the COSATU formed Anti-Corruption forum, followed by high profiled ANC members (those wishing to run agaist Zuma)being investigated. Better still Juju spilling the beans.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-02-06 17:38

      I'm so sorry Maggyone... Some people are going quite overboard with their vitriol and their blind hatred of this boy. But - may I just rather childishly point out - that HE STARTED IT! You cannot actively banter about words containing threats and menace with such vehemence and not expect retaliation and a lot of gloating in return if you find yourself in a tight spot. A true leader worthy of respect would have LED EVERY SOUTH AFRICAN into the future and in a positive manner brought about change... not stormed around like a despot waving a stick and throwing around words and threats of impending doom to harm and hurt as if SOME South Africans mean NOTHING to him. So - what you see here is a PRODUCT of his own making... let him be man enough to understand this and grow from it.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 16:37

    "Juliarse Malema", Coming soon, to a ZANU PF office near you! Yes, in POLOKWANE and surrounds!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 16:41

    Shows you how fickle and pathetic the ANC leadership is, AND a-holes continue to vote them into power blindly, shame.

      Sam - 2012-02-06 16:46

      They are not fickle they are protecting their 2nd term dear

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-06 16:43

    Somehow I dont think Peter Bruce was correct when he stated, "Nationalisation of the mines as a topic for serious debate would disappear along with Malema." Malema has been saying what the government has been thinking for quite a while. There is no way they will pass up this offer of self-enrichment.

      Sam - 2012-02-06 16:52

      They have been thinking about it since 1994 and there weren't any outcomes. Only thing that came out of that thinking. People in power and their relative got rich, Kulubuso Zuma etc. Now with Juju effect things were getting in the spot light and mines started been shooked for the 1st time. One of the mines even gave its employee Half a million each in the spirit of sharing the wealth of this country. The only report we gonna get now is the one that says Nationalization is not possible, and then we roll back only people who are politically connected benefit, Amandla comrade

  • Nigel - 2012-02-06 17:00

    if the hawks & SARS don't have this destructive, thieving lier locked up for years, then we as tax payers should be really pissed off after all the damage he has done, millions (if not billions) in lost investment, hatred & racism stirred up that took Madiba 15 years to develop, 2 years of governance lost on squabbling,infighting & court hearing, 100's of millions of taxpayer money stolen (tenders) that should have gone to infrastructure , jobs & education. This guy must pay for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ISO - 2012-02-06 17:00

    Shame! man alone in the wilderness, you get what you deserve!!! No tenders no friends!

      Mpho Gwala - 2012-02-06 22:58

  • Thozi - 2012-02-06 17:01

    I like the description that he is "an ego-driven force of destruction" - what ever that means. Yes, he's terrible, if that's what it means.

  • Willie - 2012-02-06 17:16

    "The president was silent then because Malema was advancing his cause." the president should take the blame for not guiding Malema.The very first speech where Malema said "they are prepared to take arms and kill for Zuma" the president should have stood up and called him to order.I'm afraid the president is not a good father

  • amos.simelane - 2012-02-06 17:20

    "By the time the Hawks and the revenue service are finished with him, he may no longer wish he was even a South African." As much as I hate stealing from the poor, the questions remains, is it not African never to kick a man when he is already down. Think of Selebi & Julius the heroes turned to vilains!!!

  • Annette - 2012-02-06 20:53

    Not so fast guys! this is a 3D government! Jacson sidestepped the issue on Sunday with Justice Malala and Mantashe issued his own version of understanding of events, sure to change tomorrow, AGAIN! 3D? Discuss, Delay, Destroy.

  • Thapelo - 2012-02-07 10:52

    Not so fast guys!.. there are no permanent friend of enemies in politics... this is a 3D government! Jacson sidestepped the issue on Sunday with Justice Malala and Mantashe issued his own version of understanding of events, sure to change tomorrow, AGAIN! 3D? Discuss, Delay, Destroy...

  • cestylianou1 - 2012-02-07 11:06

    The point that many are missing is that South African politics is traveling down the road of tribalism. Take a look at the camps that seem to be emerging within the ruling party. Malema was always going to be the fall guy for the anti-Zuma faction. He just was not smart enough to work it out. The concern for moderate and reasonable citizens is how far are the 2 camps prepared to go to protect there own interests and what the impact will be on the poor and unemployed as they will always be the first to face the consequences. Those who trample the grass are unfortunately unseen at this point.

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