Malema calls for restraint

2011-08-30 15:31

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema urged his supporters on Tuesday not to attack journalists or the police, and to respect ruling party leaders.

"You cannot throw stones at journalists because journalists are just messengers... if you attack journalists, you will lose public sympathy," he told a crowd at Beyers Naude Square in central Johannesburg.

Malema said it was wrong to throw objects at the police.

"The police is (sic) not your enemy. These are the people employed to protect you.

"You must know who is the enemy", after which the crowd started chanting "Zuma! Zuma!".

But Malema lectured his supporters that African National Congress alliance leaders needed to be respected, after a day of violent protests which saw the burning of t-shirts bearing President Jacob Zuma's face and ANC flags.

"Don't burn the flag of the ANC. That is who we are... we cannot burn ourselves, especially the black, green and gold. You are here because you love the ANC. We must exercise restraint," he said.

Malema said people needed to respect "ANC revolutionaries" such as Albert Luthuli.

"Luthuli House [the ANC headquarters] remains our house. You can't have a fight with Luthuli."

Malema said the ANC "will always be there", but "individuals come and go".

  • Bailey G - 2011-08-30 15:34

    So whats the outcome?

      Vullis - 2011-08-30 15:38


  • MustBeCrazy - 2011-08-30 15:36

    JULIAAAS, You could have prevented this, you and your organisation has been exposed for the criminals that you are!!The world is watching!

  • Lucror - 2011-08-30 15:36

    hahahahahahahhahahhaha he is trying to score brownie points, wonder if they listened to him

      Clairebb - 2011-08-30 15:41

      I doubt if the fans will listen to him... I blame the ANC for not controlling Julius Malema from the beginning... they have created a monster and its too late to turn back now!!!

  • Goosestep - 2011-08-30 15:36

    Check his wrists for slap marks...

  • Vullis - 2011-08-30 15:38

    They don't need restraint. They need some wood, blitz and matches for the choppies they brought, they have the braai-bak already! Maybe you should throw in a couple of beers?

  • Carl Erler - 2011-08-30 15:38

    "You cannot throw stones at journalists because journalists are just messengers," IE throw stones at other people ?????

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-08-30 15:38

    There's a first time for everything, I suppose, however I won't be holding my breath.

  • Christelle - 2011-08-30 15:38

    Wait a second - what is this guy smoking? What is the difference between throwing stones at journalists to get them out of the way, and screaming obscenities at them (BBC) to get them out of the "Revolutionary House". How can he tell his followers to use constraint if he is completely incapable of doing it himself. This is really a matter of "do as I tell you, do not do as I do" This is such a brown-nosing act to restore himself within the ANC. For heaven's sake,have we become a completely idiotic nation?????

  • Dusty - 2011-08-30 15:38

    You cant throw stones PERIOD!!!! ....... !@#$ idiots

  • vusi22 - 2011-08-30 15:38

    He is a political hooligan

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-30 15:38

    too late for restraint

  • Blankmastermind - 2011-08-30 15:39

    worrying factor HE stoked this fire and now his tune has changed

  • I_Say - 2011-08-30 15:40

    journalists are just messengers... He obviously doesn't read News24.. If he did he'd say, " Journalists are just headline pushers with no message"

  • Nikelle - 2011-08-30 15:41

    @Smaal making a comment like that makes you no better then the idots out side Luthuli house. ... Anyway our comrade Julius thank you for teaching your ANCYL to toi toi becuase now when you want them to behave they doing what you tought them :)

  • John Burnstein - 2011-08-30 15:42

    It is a little bit too late now don't you think? Anyway there is nothing going to come from this anyway! They ANC is S@#T scared of juju so they will not discipline him! Watch this space...

  • Blap - 2011-08-30 15:42

    Everybody calling him a coward for not talking to the people made him look like the idiot he is, decided to show us different. pfft.

  • paradise - 2011-08-30 15:42

    really people they confuse by what they want, remember if u are poor or illiterates you will be controlled like nobody's bussiness. how can people with open minded leave the very important things and come to support the corruption? south africa is going nowhere.

  • Dumisani P - 2011-08-30 15:42

    ''journalists are just messengers'' I thought they are bloody agents...?

  • Clairebb - 2011-08-30 15:43

    The ANCYL have just shown what a bunch of uncultured neanderthals they are... and the world is watching...

  • jakkals - 2011-08-30 15:44

    Hear ye, hear ye, thou shall not throw stones at journalist.Thou shall love they ANC. Thou shall constrain thou self not and exercise self constraint. So announces the ringleader of the ANCYL. HAHA!

  • bbusa - 2011-08-30 15:45

    Newspapers in Germany are reporting that the outcome of this "trial" will in all likelihood be the pivotal point in future politics of the ANC. If Malema goes "free", they see him being the new strongman to come into ruling power soon. He certainly behaves like he owns South Africa already!! Quo vadis, SA?

      Daniel - 2011-08-30 15:49

      Sure wouldnt you act like that if you had you hand in every cookie jar(Tender Box)

  • Slackie - 2011-08-30 15:49

    Yup the downfall of all African countries began with morons like malema, I hope that he ends up leaving politics, for the good of all this country's workers and people, ignorent and otherwise.

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