‘Thief’ Zuma must never be your role model, Malema tells students

2013-10-01 11:06

Firebrand Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has labelled President Jacob Zuma a “thief” who should not be a role model.

He also spoke fondly of and glorified Zuma’s predecessors, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, but did not mention Zuma by name, only saying “e seng mpsa e” which is loosely translated as “but not this dog”.

“Zuma must never be your role model. He is a thief. In Zuma we see a self-serving leader,” Malema said.

Addressing about 3?000 students at the University of Limpopo’s Turf Campus in Mankweng outside Polokwane yesterday, Malema accused Zuma of having killed the ANC Youth League which he led.

“There used to be an organisation called the ANC Youth League (but) it was killed by Jacob Zuma. He killed the Youth League of Peter Mokaba and Nelson Mandela (because) he knew the youth league was going to bring about change,” he said.

Malema was at the university to drum up support for the EFF which is contesting the SRC elections.

Malema said the EFF would teach its detractors a lesson when it won the student elections and then “they will wake up and smell the coffee”.

He said people were threatened by the EFF’s existence, saying it was for this reason his party had already held several of its gatherings in open fields after they were denied halls and other venues.

“Anyone who wants to remain relevant must talk about EFF. We took a completely different policy,” Malema said.

“They’re afraid of this new idea. It is this organisation that proposes real change.”

Malema added that “no one can stop this idea. Even if you arrest Malema, you will never arrest the idea (because) this is an unstoppable idea”.

Malema said the struggle will not be over until Africans have ownership of their own land and its means of production.

“They say Africa is a dark continent but how so when we have shining diamonds. Africa is (in fact) a rich country, (it is) Africans who are poor,” he said.

Malema, who stands accused of making millions from corrupt activities, told students the EFF would strive to have mining companies pay for their fees, adding his party would not support the enrichment of a few.

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