Youth intelligentsia antidote to Malema

2009-10-09 13:59

YOUNG leaders must shape and determine the future thinking of ­society by influencing current ­social practices. These leaders must build a foundation of unity, thereby ­encouraging young people to start being comfortable with the idea of a nonracial and nonsexist society.

Enter Julius Malema. Some of my colleagues tell me that Malema’s off- the-mark rantings are intentional and that his main aim is to “play” the media. They claim that Malema is in fact very intelligent.

If Malema is so intelligent why does he feed people junk in his public speeches? What would make him think that the people he claims to be fighting for deserve junk?

Malema’s messages work on people’s fears, their despondency and the fact that they have become helpless and do not know what has made them helpless.

The most powerful instrument Malema has is the fact that he is always present in public discourse. He has no competition. He has been given a monopoly of youth politics.

Of course he is reckless, what with his threats against Nedbank and his calling for the nationalisation of mines? Malema can say or do whatever he wants and the only punishment he gets is to be asked to retract his statements.

In short, Malema is free to speak; he is free to be young.

Some youth leader needs to stand up and feed us some sense in a revolutionary and progressive manner. Some young leader must come out and silence Malema; some young leader must claim his or her deserved share of the public domain.

However,when they occupy this public space they must not focus on party political power plays, but on the issues that affect the young people of South Africa.

These young leaders must inspire confidence in all young people in South Africa regardless of their race or gender. They must protect the ­integrity of our elderly and protect our economic environment from the recklessness of people like ­Julius Malema.

Sefu Sekgala


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