Fashion as a weapon: Malema’s classic look

2012-04-01 10:12

This is ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s classic look.

The beret, Che Guevara style, with a large Youth League embroidered emblem, is jet black, tightly fitted and chic.

He combines it with classic Ray-Bans and a yellow ANC T-shirt, these days emblazoned with any former party leader except the current.

You’d never say this was the young man who once threatened to kill for Zuma and whose shock-troops burnt T-shirts with the image of former president Thabo Mbeki on them.

Malema provides the greatest political theatre of fashion when you watch whose image he is copying. This time, the trademark grey thatch of hair you can see just above his folded arms is of founding father Nelson Mandela.

He uses Mandela as the unifying image when he is non-racial. On Friday evening, Malema again said he had nothing against white people.

On his fight-back trail, Malema has directly countered his image of bogeyman among whites by turning lover, not fighter.

He uses Mandela’s image to help him. Malema uses Mbeki’s image and name to set himself apart from Zuma and to make public the new status of enmity that the party and state president has been reduced to.

The T-shirt is now a thing of political war or of appeasement. Watch it on the road to Mangaung.

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