Listen up, mini Mussolini!

2010-04-11 13:48

FINALLY the African National Congress has smacked down ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

It was a week in which ­Australopithicus sediba should have taken centre stage.

The almost two-million- year-old hominid skeletons ­unveiled this week provide yet another vital clue to ­explain where humans came from and show that South Africa is one of the world’s cradles.

It would have been a perfect backdrop to the World Cup and to President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the United States this week.

Instead, the international news out of South Africa was of a nation fractured across ­racial lines in the wake of the ­killing of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche and of a youth leader behaving like L’il Duce, doing a near perfect impersonation of fascist leader Benito Mussolini, as Xolela Mangcu writes. By our measure, yesterday’s was President Jacob Zuma’s fourth rebuke of his youth leader.

He has previously chastened him for pledging to kill for ­Zuma; for referring to Cope leader ­Mbhazima Shilowa as a security guard in a derogatory manner and for inciting a ­culture of name-calling in the Tripartite Alliance.

Malema is immune to the ANC’s systems of internal ­coherence and discipline, so we are not holding our breaths that yesterday’s rebuke will have any effect.

The rest of us should learn to say “no” to this mini Mussolini.

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