‘Voetsek, Malema’

2011-08-26 14:25

Cosatu’s anti-corruption march in Polokwane today signalled the fading fortunes of Julius Malema in his home province of Limpopo.

Most of the marchers’ songs took aim at the ANC Youth League leader for his “tenderpreneuring ways”.

They called for his arrest in song. “Voetsek, Malema. Malema and (Limpopo premier Cassel) Mathale are doing crime. To hell with godfathers and mafias,” they sang.

Thousands of Cosatu marchers made their way to the premier’s office, Polokwane police station, the offices of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and South African Local Government Association (Salga) offices.

Mathale opted not to accept the memorandum himself.

He dispatched his Education MEC, Dickson Masemola, to do the honours. Masemola was booed and heckled by the angry protesters when he tried to address them.

In the memorandum, Cosatu demanded that certain companies, some of which have links to Malema and Mathale, be blacklisted from getting government contracts. The trade federation also demanded a forensic audit of these companies.

The marchers taunted Mathale’s allies by singing President Jacob Zuma’s signature liberation song Awuleth’ Umshini Wami.

The marchers then proceeded to the police station where criminal complaints were laid against these companies.

It is unclear whether Cosatu opened criminal cases against Mathale and Malema as Cosatu provincial secretary Dan Sebabi refused to give out such information.

At SARS, Cosatu called for the lifestyle audits of “corrupt” politicians and government officials.

In a veiled attack on Malema, Cosatu said some people had to explain how they could afford to live in “multimilliom rand houses” and drive “posh cars” when they had never been employed in their life.

The final stop was the Salga offices, where Cosatu handed over another dossier on the companies that must be blacklisted.

Said Sebabi: “To be corrupt is satanism.”The highly successful march had the endorsement of organisations such as the ANC, SACP and other Cosatu allies.

“It is our revolutionary duty to fight against corruption,” said ANC provincial secretary Joe Maswanganyi.

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