Crowds cheer the demise of Malema

2012-02-04 20:19

Julius Malema’s detractors in ­Seshego celebrated news of the hiding he received from the ANC’s appeals committee by urinating on T-shirts emblazoned with pictures of his face.

Scores of Seshego residents formed a cavalcade of more than 50 cars and motorbikes and drove through the area chanting ­derogatory songs and mocking Malema and his lieutenants.

They doused T-shirts with ­Malema’s name in petrol, urinated on the shirts and drove to his grandmother’s house, dancing around and taunting his relatives, who angrily retorted by shouting: “Voetsek!”

Some people even paraded a ­life-size coffin through the town, a symbol of what many believe to be Malema’s political death.

Tyre tracks marked the roads of Seshego, evidence of Malema’s ­detractors spinning their wheels as they roared through the town.

As they drove around Seshego, motorists joined the cavalcade in luxury cars such as BMW X5s, ­Mercedes Benzes and Range ­Rovers.

A security guard at Malema’s grandmother’s recently-renovated home battled to keep the crowd at bay.

Those who celebrated were ANC and youth league members, many of them disgruntled small ­business owners who said they were “fed up” with Malema’s ­“dictatorship of the ANC and its league in the province”.

The family home of Malema’s closest ally, provincial youth league secretary Jacob Lebogo, was also not spared– the group drove past slowly, singing “we are changing this leadership”.

Similar celebrations erupted in Malema’s home town in November when he and other youth league leaders were slapped with tough sanctions by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee.

Malema’s leadership has not ­only divided the small town but the entire Limpopo province, between those who sympathise with him and those who do not want him ­ever to return to active politics.

The group gathered at a ­shopping centre close to Malema’s house early this morning and, as they watched Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the national disciplinary committee of appeal, deliver the verdict, they began chanting and ululating.

There were reports of small ­victory parties being held across the province.

A youth league branch leader who was nominated to speak on behalf of the group – but who asked not to be named – urged Malema and his leadership to accept the verdict.

“Comrade Malema must not ­approach the courts to have this ruling overturned.

“The entire ­leadership should accept their punishment and abide by it.

“This means that Malema is no longer in the politics of the ANC,” said the 30-year-old man.

They warned Malema’s ­supporters in the province to “watch out, because they are next in the firing line”.

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