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New Malemas will come - SAIRR

2011-11-10 22:46

Johannesburg - It would be a mistake to see the suspension of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema as the end of political radicalism, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Thursday.

"Inevitably, if the country is not able to sustain significantly higher levels of economic growth, new Malemas will come to the fore either inside or outside the ANC," spokesperson Catherine Schulze said.

"A country with South Africa's inequalities will always be a breeding ground for political radicalism."

The institute believed the ruling against Malema was "unusually harsh".

"[It] was probably the only mechanism that the ANC leadership had at their disposal to halt his political ascendancy," she said.

"In the absence of such iron-fisted action, it was plausible that Mr Malema might have led an overthrow of the current senior leadership of the party which would in turn have led to fundamental policy changes for South Africa."

Schulze said the ANC had been complacent in the pre-Malema era and ignored the rising youth crisis in the country.

"It is possible, that with Mr Malema out of the way, the party may again fall into the same complacency."

The ANC's national disciplinary committee found Malema guilty of provoking divisions within the ruling party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

He was suspended for five years and ordered to vacate his leadership position.

The institute believed it was socio-economic circumstances and inequalities that allowed Malema to become "such a force" in South Africa's political scene.

He had been "useful" in ensuring a national focus on youth poverty and unemployment, said Schulze.

"While the policy solutions he proposed were unworkable, he was one of the few ANC leaders to identify that South Africa's youth were an under-represented political constituency."

Comments
  • AnthonyZA - 2011-11-10 23:12

    You are in the SAIRR and you say this? He wasn't found guilty of racial discrimination, yet he sparked so much racial hatred and insulted people. The meaning of communication is the response you get, he has made so many races angry and said "I didn't mean it". Having him out of the way is awesome, the next radicalist that we get needs to let go of the colour issue and focus on the real issues. He just inspired hatred, we need leaders who inspire brotherhood between ALL South Africans.

      VusiMabaso - 2011-11-11 06:19

      Amen Anthony!!!!! Amen. If ever I have read rubbish then it is this report! I would hang my head in shame if I make statements like this to news reporters!

      Colin - 2011-11-11 08:40

      yes sganja because the anc is corrupt and incompetent and cannot provide for its people. You should vote for the da next time since the anc is such a failure that even their own people are marching against them

      JMan - 2011-11-11 10:13

      Sganja give it f***ing rest will you? Your "leader" (finally) got P**sklapped by his own peers, because even they woke up and smelled the (rotten) coffee. You're just making yourself look even more ignorant and stupid when you are STILL NOW trying to tell us how "good" and "wonderful" this convicted idiot is. GEEEEss...some people are dof.

      mfanufikile.mshengu - 2011-11-11 13:32

      Love your comment Anthony

      Spyker - 2011-11-11 16:30

      Mthuthuzeli.., Perhaps you can tell us who oppressed black Africans, for around a hundred-thousand years, before Europeans landed at the southern tip of Africa..? When Europeans arrived in the most advanced craft recorded in history (at the time), they were confronted by people who had not even invented the wheel yet – was this due to “white rule” or perhaps due to “capitalist oppression”..? For you see my feckless foe – Africa is like an alcoholic, it refuses to face the vivid facts, no.., it is always someone-, or something else’s fault.., NEVER that of AFRICANS... Africans demand to be treated as the equals of Europeans, while they are simply not even remotely their equal – eg put Zimbabwe and Germany next to each other and go figure. Black people (in general, there are certainly exceptions) expect white people (in general) to treat them as equals, but blacks (in general) refuse to behave as white people’s equals. No, they expect white people to move backwards in evolution and as such become their equals (hence Affirmative Action). I do not profess to bring a P.C. message, all dressed up in your favourite African Christmas wrapping, I am simply stating the inconvenient truth that is keeping Africa in the dark ages – in some cases literary. Look around you dude – what is Africa but the bane of life on earth. Only Africa produces idiotic freaks like Julius Malema. He must surely be the ‘Richest Retard’ the universe has ever seen. cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2011-11-11 16:30

      I will be the first person to treat ANY African, even Julius Malema as my equal, the day he/she is my bona fide equal. As far as I understand archaeology, paleontology and alike, black people have been around for far, far longer than white people, yet they have not even invented the wheel yet. Is it my fault..? Or the fault of ANY white person for that matter..? No, blacks only have themselves to blame, most pertinently because they REFUSE to admit it. Do you want me to treat you as my equal..? Then become my bona fide equal first and I will humbly oblige, BUT trust me, I refuse.., repeat REFUSE.., to move back in evolution to become anybody’s equal. This is a fundamental human right and I will DIE defending this right. Reminder – going to write a UNISA exam in Polokwane - out-of-sight for obvious reasons – will NEVER make you my equal.., NEVER.., I repeat. All it will do is to underscore your inferiority and the fact that you refuse to admit it.., as such then.., we are still where this debate started.

  • Mantsho - 2011-11-10 23:25

    The problem about the people in SA, especially blaks,they dont change their votes,they always vote for the same liars,how things are going to change,maybe be better if not good.people who are not educated in SA are the one causing all this problems,they dont think!!!

      martin.vandermerwe - 2011-11-11 10:53

      @Kgaogelo, well don't cry about poverty and joblessness, continue with the ANC and this will be the future, they had 17 years to create jobs and GIVE away houses list Mandela promised, has 10% of this materialized, NO!!! To have stability in Africa the mindset of the Blacks must change!!! You should not worry about the color of the person in public office but what they can deliver.

      Bob - 2011-11-11 12:44

      Kgaogelo, that is just a really narrow minded dumb statement, all we need is a government that actually cares about the future of the country and make decisions that benefit the country and it's people, ALL OF THE PEOPLE

      Frans - 2011-11-11 12:49

      @ Kgaogelo So, you'd rather be a racist than support a party that can get ZA out of trouble and make your own future a better one. go figure...

  • Elize - 2011-11-10 23:36

    We can just pray for a more competent new leader of the ANCYL .. one who LEADS the youth into getting themselves educated and WORK for what you want to achieve in life.

      John - 2011-11-11 10:04

      i couldnt hav said it beta myself Elize

  • Dex - 2011-11-11 00:03

    I suggest Malema adopt the mantra of his favorite whisky, "Keep Walking" and don't let the door slam your fat-ass on the way out.

  • Colin - 2011-11-11 07:07

    Nice to see logical argument on this forum with some real insight into the issue, well of course with the exception of Dex. Another leader will rise, and hopefully he will keep proper pressure on government to address the fundamental issues sowing discontent in our country. This will never be achieved by sowing hatred and resentment of black vs white, because with the exception of a few stupid bigots on both sides, I believe that all good South Africans are striving for a better future for everyone. It will be solved by upward pressure on government with democratic voting, and also realistically contributing possible solutions to the problem. Not by suggesting nationalisation...we saw where that went in UK, where they are supposedly more sophisticated, and of course in USSR. So hopefully this respite of losing a crackpot will encourage everyone to focus on the real job at hand.Well said Anthony et al

  • Nigel - 2011-11-11 08:36

    "unusually harsh" what is wrong with you...he is guilty of blatant treason, he should be thrown in jail for 20 years for this. what utter rubbish!!!!!!!!

  • Wandile - 2011-11-11 09:11

    as much as he can use the poor human being to fulfill his desire. I think h deserve the sentence, even though we need leaders like him who challenge for the better, yet he use the poor to gain publicity, yet he earned millions of rand, if he was so concerned abt d poor, he shud hv have charities, donate to the poor, not demolish the R2000 000 house to built a R16000 000 and above house, he uses the poor in his personal interest, I believe people one day will stood up for wht they believe is not right. Mr Malema and your cres has cost the country a lot. u chased away foreign investors, when will the job opportunity come from if no money is invested in our country. i know i will get challenged for my freedom of expression, of which you are free to do so, but let us all be patriot, fellow south african, irrespective of colour, race and gender

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-11 09:12

    Only a fool believes what Malema advocates are Malema views. Look up the ANCYL resolutions to see that what Malema is saying are the views of millions of African youth. He is just the face of those views.

      Mantsho - 2011-11-11 20:26

      Ur such a liar!

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-11 09:50

    Radicalism, as an expression of (African)youths struggle, continues so long as racial inequality exists. In a democracy if the majority of people are hungry and they see a 'minority' enjoying life, something has to be done. Particularly when this minority was part of apartheid regime. (The sterling fights that the haves put up against the proposed very modest reforms (in parliament,internet threads, in the courts, and in the PR and lobbying business) reminds me very much of the fight put up by the plantation owners in the struggle in the west to abolish slavery). We want to see the pace of reforms quickened through a political process. We will take things out of the political process and into our own hands if we are ignored and noone will be able to stop us. Without reform, majority rule is meaningless. We have no responsibility to accept the economic system bequeathed to us by colonial masters. It is time that the whites showed the same willingness and spirit of co-operation that the downtrodden have shown to them.

      John - 2011-11-11 10:34

      Mthuthuzeli ur not liberated and ill informed, ur views are fullish and irresponsible, u shud be preaching that the youth gets the proper education so we can steer towards a sustainable future as a country, germenay ddnt get whr they are by ur proposed views, but the willingness to learn was key to their early developments

      James - 2011-11-11 11:14

      your assertion that the Germans were able to overcome their problems by first wiping out the Jews shows just what an ignorant, narrowminded, racist filthbag you are Mthuthulezi. Nazism is not something normally associated with black people becasue if the Nazis had their way there would not BE ANY BLACK PEOPLE. The Germans persevered DESPITE wiping out the most intelligent and hardworking section of their populace because they were given billions of dollars as part of a re-building scheme (the Marshall plan) and because the Germans are a naturally hardworking intelligent and innovative people, unlike, it would seem, the kind of illiterate, halfwit, layabout scum you seem to support. Grow up, get an education and take responsibility for your ignorance.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-11 12:06

      Africans have gained nothing from "freedom from racism"

  • Shaun - 2011-11-11 10:32

    If we don't turn our increasing levels of inequality around then this trend of political radicalism will continue. How do you think the majority feels living on almost no money while 5% of the elite get 80% of our GDP. This is just a symptom of a much larger problem which by the way will result in many more symptoms if the gap grows even wider.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-11 10:35

      Look at the fight being put up above regarding Kate'suggestion. There are a lot of people in this country who love inequality, because it provides them with comfort at the expense of our mothers and fathers.

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2011-11-11 10:58

    In some of the comments the some Blacks revers to a struggle and a revolution, please can anyone advise what struggle and what revolution, the ANC is ruling the country, what are you revolting against???????????????????????????????

      James - 2011-11-11 11:16

      nah, they are just revolting

  • Patrick - 2011-11-11 11:35

    Time to disassemble the ANCYL. They serve absolutely no purpose. This scenario is not about Malema, it is to show purveyors of lawlessness, that they will be dealt with severely.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-11 12:10

    Yes for sure, keep the rubbish in place because ot the risk that other rubbish may take their place. Strange thinking by some so-called experts. Already the taxes of the outnumbered economically active are the sole reason why millions can still at least eat and make demands. Take the freedoms and rights of the minorities away to participate in a free economy and we all perish.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-11 13:56

      You've clearly gotten a little drunk on the kool aid. I therefore expect you to make the glib and reckless statements you made above. http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article850518.ece/Squeezing-the-little-people

      Cracker - 2011-11-11 19:04

      @ Mthuthuzeli You live in a fantasy world.

      Cracker - 2011-11-11 19:24

      @ Mthuthuzeli Evidence that you live in a fantasy world? Check the following said by Bobby Godsell, reported today: "To do it with compensation, you'd be talking about trillions of dollars, which the South African government doesn't have," said Godsell. "And to do it without compensation, you need to amend our Bill of Rights, for which you need a 75% majority in the South African parliament, and I can see absolutely no chance of that majority being achieved." But that's not all. Are you aware that certain warranties protect foreign investments in the mining sector? You need to do a bit more "research". Dreamer.

  • Mzwandile - 2011-11-11 14:14

    He is coming back! This is done to fool such people like. Hatrad is there in south africa we can't run away.Black people are still not convinced with the current situation. Black man is still suffering and mainly the suffering is as a result of the arrival of whites! Yes opportunities are there but our minds are still imprisoned. Whatever we do today as black people was taught to us by a white man! So long a black can't do what he feels right to him but what feels good to the system (created by whites), there will never be peace!

      Cracker - 2011-11-11 19:10

      You are the one setting black against white. Check the TV news and explain why Swaziland is knocking - once again - at South Africa's door for assistance. The same silly South Africa that is being dominated and run by whites. According to you. Swaziland is with its back against the wall. Some of you need some serious re-education to appreciate that the rest of the world is really not all that interested in your victim mentality. Sorry, but somebody occasionally has to remind some of you instigators of the truth.

  • Faith - 2011-11-12 00:02

    Economic injustices still stands but should not be approached from an irrational approach, however the wealth of the country has to be distributed evenly and in this instance to the previously disadvantaged, issue remains ANC has done nothing to educate the previously diadvantaged people therefore making wealth distribution a dead cause!

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