Malema’s trial contributed to ANC’s poor showing in local elections

2011-06-11 11:31

Lebogang Maile’s presidential challenge forced Julius Malema to be desperate – turning to Thabo Mbeki for help.

What about the humiliating insults he used to hurl at Mbeki at every turn two years ago?

He praises Mbeki for being the only ANC leader to deliver a two thirds majority on national polls, but forgets his role in distracting the ANC from campaigning during the recent local poll because he needed support at the Gauteng High court.

He mentions that Mbeki is the most educated leader – which is true – but Malema ran away from school without obtaining a college diploma. What excuse can he can give?

There are no apartheid police chasing after him. At this day and age school-dropout Malema does not qualify to lead the ANC youth league, period.

The South Gauteng hate speech trial was a distraction for the ANC in that many senior ANC leaders attended the trial while opposition parties like the DA were gaining ground in black townships, putting up posters, talking to voters and promoting their campaign.

Malema knew the trial was free publicity for his ambition to get a second term as president of the league.

Unfortunately, the trial had nothing to do with service delivery. If Malema is wondering why the ANC lost voter support, he must look at himself.

In fact, the trial was an unfortunate product of his reckless conduct and cheap populism.

People who could have been doing door-to-door campaigns were camping at the High Court for the duration of the trial.

Veronica Marivate

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