Malema lashes ‘thinking’ ANC pros

2011-04-30 17:29

Julius Malema, ANC Youth League president, has sent a stern warning to President Jacob Zuma and other ANC leaders, saying that individuals who fail the ANC will be removed at the national congress in Bloemfontein in 2012.

“You speak good English, but you speak bad (sic) of the ­organisation. Individuals fail the ANC; it’s not the ANC,” the youth leader told 300 members of the newly established ANC Professionals’ Forum in Cape Town on Friday night.

“When congress comes, we ­remove them. Simple. Even if five years come and we can’t remove you, 10 years will come and we will remove you. You will be a ‘former’,” he said emboldened by the events of the day.

Earlier on Friday, the Western Cape High Court ruled against the DA city council in Cape Town for not ­enclosing toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, and thus under­mining the dignity of the community. “Never be angry with the ANC so much so that you have the ­result you have here. You tried something else. This is the result ... the blue dress,” Malema said, ­referring to Helen Zille, the ­Western Cape premier.

He also accused black professionals in Cape Town of isolating themselves by calling themselves “professionals”, and reminded them of former president Thabo Mbeki’s demise because he “thought himself a thinker”.

“When you start introducing yourself as such, people already have an attitude towards you,” he said. “People who have presented themselves as thinkers suffered because of that.

“You moved far ahead and left the masses behind, and when you turned around, there was no one there. You became irrelevant.”

Malema addressed the new ­forum at the swanky Crystal ­Towers hotel, but only after ­keeping them waiting for 40 minutes – a move that was criticised as unprofessional behaviour by the group, which had already been there for more than two hours.

Undeterred, Malema then ­berated them for forgetting their roots and the communities that raised them.

He added that they, the ­professionals, were playing into the hands of the white man by working harder than required ­because they felt inferior as black people.

“It’s because you don’t want to be one of the many blacks that have failed.

“They (white people) make you feel small. And you are unable to rise above it.”

Malema suggested that the professionals switch from drinking 18-year-old whiskey to 12-year-old whiskey and using the savings to educate children in need.

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