Zuma doesn’t qualify to bury Mandela – Malema

2012-07-20 06:44

In what could be described as his most scathing attack of President Jacob Zuma yet, former ANC youth league president Julius Malema said the president was morally unfit to conduct former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Speaking in Qumbu, near Mthatha in Eastern Cape last night, Malema accused Zuma of undermining Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

“We must pray Mandela to live long up until Zuma is no longer president because he (Zuma) does not qualify to bury him. He does not have the moral authority to stand near his coffin (as state president),” he said, also calling Zuma a liability to the ANC and the country.

“Travelling overseas in the past you were asked about Mandela but now when you land overseas they ask you how many wives you have.”

Malema was the keynote speaker at a Nelson Mandela lecture hosted by an “apolitical” grouping calling itself the Mhlontlo Progressive Youth.

The expelled youth league leader said because Zuma had the cloud of corruption charges hanging over him (he called him a “most corrupt person”), was a polygamist who slept with his comrades’ children (including an HIV positive woman), and lined his family up to benefit from the state, he undermined Madiba’s legacy.

“Mandela never struggled to benefit his family and himself or his village. He never prioritised and lined up his children and wives.

“We all know Mandela fought against the spread of HIV/Aids and he encouraged the use of condoms... A man saying he wants to protect Mandela’s legacy goes and sleeps with a woman, knowing she is HIV positive, and he says ‘I went to take a shower’. This is the chair of the Aids council.”

Ironically Malema, who was at the forefront of those marching and calling for corruption charges against Zuma to be dropped, now attacked Zuma and the NPA saying former head Mokotedi Mpshe only dropped the charged when he realised Zuma would become ANC president.

“I’m not a fan of Helen Zille and I don’t like her politics. But she’s won a court case against the NPA which says the NPA must give her the tapes used in the decision to drop charges against Zuma in 14 days. Now its been four months and they are unable to give the tapes because they don’t exist. Where are the tapes?”

Malema arrived in Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo region earlier this week to commemorate Madiba’s 94th birthday.

After visiting Lusikisiki with the Mandelas, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, he went to Oliver Tambo’s family home in Nkantolo, and met with political structures and traditional leaders at Mhlontlo, before visiting the graveside of ANC stalwart Phumzile Matshoba.

He invoked Matshoba’s name last night urging delegates to the postponed OR Tambo regional congresses to be patient and remain steadfast in their call for change.

“Before Polokwane when it was thought the Eastern Cape was a no-go area Matshoba stood up and said this sub-region stood for change,” he said to applause.

“Even if they (Eastern Cape PEC) postpone and postpone let them. They must come and find you ready. They are going to lose OR Tambo, they are going to lose Amathole, and they are going to lose Cacadu. They know the master is going to be very disappointed so they want to rig the congress. Guard your delegates,” he warned.

Amathole, Cacadu, and OR Tambo are the biggest ANC regions in the Eastern Cape and could determine which way the province swings in the race for Mangaung.

ANC youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu told the approximately 300-strong crowd of mostly Walter Sisulu University students they supported the leadership line-up with current OR Tambo region chairperson Thandekile Sabisa and secretary Jackson Sabona as chair and secretary respectively.

ANC youth league regional and provincial leaders, including NEC member Tando Mase, PEC member Nombeko Mazwi, and Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase were present.

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