Juju warns about ‘white right-wing’ leaders’ speeches

2012-02-27 07:12

Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has warned that “white right-wing” leaders like Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder would speak out more freely now that the “radical voice of the ANCYL” has been silenced.

The young firebrand also slammed President Jacob Zuma, without mentioning his name, for not “putting (Mulder, who is also deputy minister of agriculture) in his place”, even though he referred to black people as “bantus”. Instead, Zuma is “avoiding him”.

Malema was referring to remarks made by Mulder in Parliament recently, in which he said black people arrived in many parts of South Africa at the same time or after white people, and land claims should be considered in this context.

Dressed in his usual beret and jeans with a patterned shirt, Malema gave a rousing speech to about 1?500 enthusiastic supporters at a youth league “mini-rally” on a dusty sportsfield in Kliptown, Soweto, to celebrate the ANC’s centenary yesterday afternoon.

Kliptown was chosen because it was the birthplace of the Freedom Charter and reunited the league with its ancestors, Gauteng league leader Lebogang Maile said.

Malema arrived in a black BMW with no number plates and was accompanied by his deputy, Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, Maile and Gauteng secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi.

They sang songs in support of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who they want to replace Zuma at the ANC’s conference in December, and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who they want as ANC secretary-general.

Malema said “this is our land and we know the history of the land. The settlers have committed black genocide when they grabbed this land. They never paid for it. And today, they have the courage to tell us it is not our land.”

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