Malema: I live on handouts

2010-03-26 10:31

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema claimed to be living on

handouts from friends and insisted that he did not benefit from tenders, the

Mail & Guardian has reported.

In an interview at his Sandton, Johannesburg home, he said: “I am

not rich. I do not have millions as reported.

“All my houses have got bonds. They are financed by banks. I’ve

never got any lucrative tender from anybody, including the company called


“I live on handouts most of the time. If I don’t have food to eat,

I can call Cassel Mathale (Limpopo premier) and say: ‘Chief, can you help me?

I’ve got nothing here’. I can call Thaba Mufamadi (Limpopo MEC), I can call Pule

Mabe (ANCYL treasurer general) or Mbalula (Fikile, deputy minister of police).

They all do the same with me. That’s how we have come to relate to each


“That’s why at times you can’t even see our poverty because we

cover each other’s backs. As comrades, we have always supported each other like


If anyone had concrete evidence that he manipulated tender

processes in Limpopo, they should report him to the police.

If the state found millions in his account, they should take them

and give them to institutions that help poor children.

He believes that proposed lifestyle audits of public officials are

“factional” and targeting people in the ANC. He defends threats to reveal

personal details of reporters, following stories of his lifestyle over the last


He says the stories about him were done without verifying facts and

the league decided to know more about the reporters, insisting that journalists

could be bribed. On his repeated singing of “shoot the boer“, he explained that

he had been singing it for nine years.

On whether he was fuelling racism, he said racial divisions still

existed and asked why there had been no marches for farm workers who had been


He believed that Equality Court magistrate Colleen Collis was

influenced by newspapers when she found him guilty of hate speech relating to

comments he made about a woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

“She did not apply her mind.”

He felt that DA leader Helen Zille’s calling him an “uncircumcised

boy” was a great insult, especially coming from a white woman.

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