Juju no match for Parktown brawn

2014-11-25 00:00

EFF leader Julius Malema yesterday met his match when he tried to accost a ­bodyguard of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at a conference centre in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Malema and other opposition leaders met with Ramaphosa yesterday in an ­attempt to agree on bringing decorum back to Parliament.

Malema was the first politician to ­arrive for the meeting.

He passed through the metal scanners, but then refused that his briefcase be scanned.

Malema asked the bodyguard what he was doing there and then got physical with the guard, shoving him and slapping him once.

The guard retaliated and it is unclear whether he hit Malema or whether Juju just lost his balance, but in the end, the EFF leader went down, falling ­backwards. The guard told Malema he was “doing his job”.

Malema’s own bodyguard helped the fallen EFF leader to stand and then had to keep him from attacking the ­Ramaphosa’s guard again. Malema then went into the conference centre.

The guard yelled at him, “You think you are king!”

Malema said at the end of the failed meeting that he refused to be searched by villians.

“That is why the bodyguard pushed me. They do not search ANC criminals, but want to search me after they invited us for the meeting.”

Malema said he did not agree with the search because he would not subject himself to “senseless harassment” by the ANC.

He said he experienced such ­harassment daily at the hands of “ANC criminals and police officers who are ANC”.

He accused the police and bodyguards of acting like the apartheid forces did who had to protect government officials against those who stood against them.

“I am not afraid of them. They are all cowards and there is nothing they can do to me,” he said.

Malema alleged other opposition leaders were not searched.

He said if anyone had to be searched, it was Ramaphosa, who has a history of inciting murder (with reference to the Marikana massacre).

“Jacob Zuma is even worse. They must scan him twice,” Malema fumed.

Jody Nel reports Ramaphosa’s ­spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa referred queries to the police, who said they are investigating the matter.

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