I hate it when folks say Juju is stupid

2009-11-06 13:54

I AM a fan of the president of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema. I was at the Black Management Forum’s yearly conference at ­Gallagher Estate last month.

I did not understand what contribution he could make, but everyone waited in anticipation for Juju’s speech.

He swaggered in with Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. The hall was packed to capacity.

I admire him for his rebellious ­attitude and arrogance, for refusing to be politically correct just because he’s expected to be.
Before the conference I also saw him as a failed matriculant who was just making noise and who had been given too much space by the media.

For me, Malema stands for the ­total liberation of African youth.

He wants free education for South African children, and for black people to control the economy and own land. He despises the inferiority complex instilled during apartheid. As he put it: “Everything white is good and everything black is bad.”
I sometimes get annoyed when people say Juju is stupid. His woodwork results were not the best and his matric results probably made his granny weep.

But during the election campaign, I could not understand why black journalists could not understand what Malema meant when he spoke of a three-thirds majority. He speaks “Elokshini” and we also speak that. For instance, we speak of “three much” instead of “too much”. Mathematically three-thirds means one – maybe he meant voting for one party, who knows?
He speaks for the community rather than for one – an injury to one is, after all, an injury to all. He saw slurs against Caster Semenya as a slur against us all.

In challenging Nedbank for withdrawing its athletics sponsorship, his message was: Do not punish the children for the sins of their fathers. And I agree with him for not wanting to speak to the “small black manager” but to the chief executive. ­Instead of viewing it as him undermining black managers, it could be seen as addressing the fact that black managers have no influence or power in our organisations.

He has now taken the risk of ­supporting the vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, ­Jonathan Jansen.

I like the fact that Malema does not stick to the script that the media has defined for him.

Juju, you have a fan in me!

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