Report Julius’s good points

2009-11-06 14:00

I LIVE in a rural area where it is difficult to get access to a Sunday newspaper. In fact, I rely on a taxi driver friend of mine to get me a copy of City Press.

This friend of mine doesn’t follow politics much but loves the ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema. Since I started reading City Press 15 years ago, only last week it was for the first time that ­Malema’s name appeared in the paper 57 times.

I am not blaming City Press, because Malema is a brand. He is any reporter’s wish for a one-on-one interview. What the man says always reverberates like sea waves during the early hours of the night.

It is a pity that Bongani Khoza and Tinyuku Ngoveni wrote on the Speak Out page (City Press, November 1) to complain that Malema’s prominence is ­actually a major concern. Their concern, I believe, arose out of President Jacob Zuma’s speech in Len-yenye, Tzaneen, when he suggested that the youth league leader has all the qualities to lead the struggle movement in the foreseeable future.

I honestly fail to understand why the media and some South Africans focus on petty issues rather than on the significant contribution Malema brings.

Mduduzi Phiri

ANCYL executive, Gert Sibande Region

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