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Rights group may drop charges against Malema

2011-11-15 22:32

Pietermaritzburg - Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will have to wait until Wednesday to know whether charges levelled against him by the SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) have been dropped.

This emerged after a meeting held in Pietermaritzburg between Malema and the Samrem officials on Tuesday evening.

Samrem spokesperson Ashwin Singh said there was a consensus for charges to be dropped, but added that the move had to be communicated broadly.

“There is general consensus for charges against Malema to be withdrawn. However, we need a mandate from the executive committee to finalise this,” said Singh to the media after the meeting.

He added that a meeting would take place on Wednesday where the decision would be taken.

Malema, who was accompanied by suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivhambu and league spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy, described the meeting as important.

“As Africans we show respect by talking person to person. Telephonic conversation would not have been sufficient in dealing with the issue,” said Malema.

The meeting was prompted by Malema’s reported derogatory reference to Indians, which irked Samrem and led to the filing of charges against the youth league president.

Samrem laid charges of crimen injuria against Malema on November 4 at the Mountain Rise police station in Pietermaritzburg after he referred to Indians as "makula" [which has been translated as meaning "coolies"] during a speech in Gauteng.

Singh described the suspended ANCYL president as polite, courteous and dignified, adding that he had won members over.

Malema has said he had meant no offence. He also said he would not use the word again to refer to South Africans of Indian origin.

Tuesday’s meeting caused a lot of excitement in the Pietermaritzburg CBD as heavily armed police officers and the media camped outside the venue of the meeting, catching the attention of the locals.

Comments
  • GAMMAT - 2011-11-15 22:53

    Dialog is always the best choice and the first option.

      Werner - 2011-11-16 05:27

      Dialog: Malema- If you drop the charges I will organize some construction tenders for you in Lmpopo (just ask David Mabinda) Singh- OK I will release a press statement that we will withdraw all charges.

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 06:02

      charge has already being dropped, cowards thats all.

      Xavier7034 - 2011-11-16 06:44

      Trouble is, all Malema does is "dialogue" and then try to extricate himself from of "foot-in-mouth" blapses, after he has done the damage to inter-racial relationships. Talk to your Mother, Joyce, Malema (my mom was also Joyce) - she will give you the right advice as my Mom would have done - SHUT UP!

      James - 2011-11-16 07:55

      Haha Malema is gonna win the minority back,then Anc will see that this man is important and as aresult they will return him..

  • Marion - 2011-11-15 23:23

    ... now why would they have had to have 'heavily armed police officers and the media camped outside the venue of the meeting' I ask with tears in my baby blues... aren't there more important issues in life than Julius Malema and his fire fighting drills? Even after being suspended it seems to be business as usual. 'I will never use that word to refer to Indians again...' Wonder who he will target next with comments that are taken out of context or 'traditional' usage words and songs.

      Shoe - 2011-11-16 02:59

      The Jews and Prostitutes have escaped his attentition so far. They could be next.

      Michael - 2011-11-16 07:04

      Tears in your baby blue eyes? Awwwwwww @Marion :-(

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-16 00:36

    Nicholae carpathia

  • Robi - 2011-11-16 02:56

    The times suppose to apologize to Indian community when it refers them as 'colies'.In fact the case opened was supposed to have been opened against the media for translating and calling Indians 'Kolies'. Indian community referred as Makula .white community referred as Makhuwa. Not limited to Indians and White communities, Vendas were called Mavenda, Xhosa calls themselves Amaxhosa,Zulu Amazulu, Ndebele Amandebele. Minority right group should have done research before laying charges. They are attention seekers and must be ignored.In Sepedi Mavenda,Mazulu,Maxhosa,Mandebele. Are these words derogative? As a society we must sometime ignore isssues that divide the society and concetrates on the positive side moving forward.

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 06:19

      but then i may not say "k@$$!£" when i speak about asslema

  • Shoe - 2011-11-16 03:07

    For some reason I am beggining to feel sorry for Julius now that he's opted to go the route of kiss-&-make up. Way too much ass to kiss Julius if that's your strategy to get to Mangaung. 50 million asses to kiss to be exact, and I am waiting my turn. Afriforum, the girl Zuma allegedly raped, a couple of ministers, white people, rich people, poor people, educated people, thin people, healthy people, pretty people, then ME. Joe Public!!!!

  • zayna - 2011-11-16 03:43

    suckers!

  • Grant - 2011-11-16 04:27

    We have not heard the last of Juju - not by a long shot...

      Silvana - 2011-11-16 04:45

      Agreed Grant. You might find a Zim newspaper article showing Fatboys affiliation to Zanu PF interesting. Go to : swradioafrica.com/2011/11/14/malema%E2%80%99s-woes-traced-back-to-his-ties-with-zanu-pf/ The article completes the jigsaw puzzle.

      NrGx - 2011-11-16 08:15

      @Silvana - OMG! this is actually quite worrying. If this teletubby isnt dealt with in a serious manner, and soon, we will have a civil war on our hands. I fear this is exactly what he wants, to make another zimbabwe and the intellectuals will NOT let happen without a fight. I just want to know... WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. They were applied for far simpler things in the apartheid era, and NOW we are so close to genocide but we hear F@ck all from the international and UN. Or do they see something we dont?

      NrGx - 2011-11-16 08:17

      just to add.... would this not fall under TREASON???? OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

      NrGx - 2011-11-16 08:32

      Ok - i have just done some research, and the fact that malema is taking money from zanu-pf to topple zuma and fund the ANCYL policies is not classified as treason, but in a normal democracy with any civilised nation trying to protect itself, THIS WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS AN ACT OF WAR!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-16 05:43

    You drop charges, Look how the Hawks are dragging there feet with there investigation. This guy seems to get away with everything and it looks like an organization set up to protect rights capitulates at the first sign of resistance.

  • Roy - 2011-11-16 06:19

    Samrem/Suckers.First he told you what he thought of you and now he has once again got away with calling other race groups what he feels towards them. A pity that more people don't read these comments that are made here then they will know how people feel towards Malema.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-16 06:28

    honestly, i'd like a blk person to tell me what an Indian is in their language, whether u'r Zulu or Venda. Cos me as a blk person i've known them to be- "lekula" for 1 indian, and "makula" being a plural form. i never once thot it 2 b a bad term, until now. But originally i knew them to be Coolies (cos i grew up in a lil blk afrikaans town in the FS nd spoke it since birth, tho not so much anymore, nd it honestly saddens me cos i'm losing it)...Anyhu, pls, any blk person out there, give me the word for an Indian so that i stop using the word "le/makula" and/or "coolie/s" cos clearly Indians find it offensive.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-16 06:48

    Tokyo's "child" will have to keep on apologising every time he opens his mouth. It should NOT be accepted. He must also acknowledge that his racist remarks and songs against other minorities is wrong.

  • Ian - 2011-11-16 07:10

    communication se gat man, heres a few million now piss off

  • Clement - 2011-11-16 07:16

    If this country gave the same attention to Poverty, unemployment, poor service delivery...etc as it does to Malema I'm sure we would see a way foward.

  • malcolm - 2011-11-16 07:18

    I made comments on the previous article,in which I stated the charges would be dropped, once the four complainants had received financial persuasion to do so. Marion took offence to my comments. You see Marion, although each individual person needs to be taken on their own merits, unfortunately one can set a standard for the behavioural norms of each of our various cultures. The "African way of talking," face to face in the above context, is done in this manner, by the likes of Malema, since cash cannot pass hands over the phone. To bank transfer it, leaves a paper trail. As you pointed out, two weeks passed until the charges where laid. If I was deeply offended by a racist comment, I would have laid the charges immediately. Anyone in their right mind would. I stand by my statement, that I strongly believe that the charges were laid, not because the complainants were offended, but rather because they saw an opportunist moment to seek financial reward for doing so. Its a disgrace that individuals such as this use our courts as the pawn.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2011-11-16 07:19

    Ar$$ licking goes a long way BUT Malema is still an Ar$$ hole. Charges dropped or not he is still a loser down and out.

  • malcolm - 2011-11-16 07:21

    Marion, the heavily armed people were coin security. They were protecting all the bribery cash that was transferring hands from Julius to the four con artists.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-16 07:23

    do you think if he was not suspended from his job he would have gone through all this to get crimen injuria charges dropped i think not but desparate times call for desparate measures ass creeper

  • Bianca - 2011-11-16 08:28

    Malema acts sorry to avoid or get out of trouble, then once he's out of troble he goes back to his bad behaviour. How can people be so blinded by this and still even consider dropping the charges!!?? That 136 page report on reasons why he was suspended should be enough to realise that Malema should serve his punishment, for the second time! He will never learn if he knows he can always get out of the trouble that he brings upon himself...

  • Tom - 2011-11-16 08:44

    @ NrGx - November 16, 2011 at 08:15 And what exactly were these "far simpler things in the apartheid era"? How some people still ache for the so called "good old days of apartheid"......

  • Comrade - 2011-11-16 11:37

    white pple are obsessed with Malema......

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-16 12:38

    I xd a q earlier nd no1 has bothered aswering it...

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