Julius Malema: At least he's honest

2009-10-07 00:00

I REALLY can’t understand why so many people have been hot and bothered about Julius Malema supporting athletics boss Leonard Chuene by saying that it’s okay to lie to “protect your own”.

Let’s face it, the vast majority of politicians the world over continually lie through their teeth to protect their own. So do sports administrators, lawyers, newspaper editors­ and SABC bosses.

And please don’t forget about businesspeople. I reckon that company CEOs and their public relations people lie more often than anyone else on Earth to protect their own. Even churches lie with monotonous regularity to protect their own.

And hands up any parent who hasn’t lied to teachers, headmasters, sports coaches, music tutors, neighbours and even their own families, to protect their own children?

Now, the way I see it, is that Malema is at least being honest by openly admitting that when it comes to protecting your own, it’s okay to lie. Maybe Chuene was also­ being honest?

Not that all this makes lying acceptable­. But, if Malema and Chuene had to stand up in front of the entire South African population and say: “Let he who has never lied to protect his own, cast the first stone”, I doubt very much whether either of them would suffer so much as a gentle ping from a pebble.

Perhaps though, what everyone is really annoyed about with Malema, is that he came out publicly and admitted that it’s okay to lie to protect your own, instead of just shutting up about it and letting everyone vent their self-righteous indignation at Chuene for daring to admit to lying. As if he was the only bloke in the history of South Africa to lie.

Frankly, I think the whole Athletics South Africa (ASA) bunch should be fired because they are inept and useless, and not bec­ause they’re liars. Because if Chuene gets fired for lying, my oath, we’d have to fire everyone in Parliament, shut down every company listed on the stock exchange and every school, and put 99% of the South African population behind bars.

And still on the subject of the honest and outspoken Malema, I am sure that the Nedbank bosses are quaking in their boots at the prospect of young Malema mar­shalling all his forces to boycott them.

One has to remember that the immense power that Malema wields is because he has the ears, respect, hearts and minds of 18% of the voting public of this country, all of whom are unemployed youth. They were the ones he marshalled to vote the African National Congress into power earlier this year and in so doing contributed the single biggest block of voters in the history of South African politics­.

Don’t kid yourself. Malema, apart from being such an honest fellow, has enormous clout.

But, I can’t see how on Earth all those millions of unemployed youth are going to boycott Nedbank­.

And on the subject of Nedbank, does it really think that we are idiots­? What am I saying, for crying out loud? Of course all banks think we are idiots. That’s a proven fact and no lie.

Nedbank has cancelled a five-year multimillion rand sponsorship deal with ASA after only four years and now it tries to tell us that it had nothing to do with the ASA fracas, the Caster Semenya botch-up and Chuene’s lying. If that’s true then its timing of the announcement was really bad.

Oh, come on Nedbank, why don’t you just be honest, like Malema,­ and come out and tell us that you no longer want to be associated with the ASA because of Chuene’s lies and the handling of the Semenya saga?

Sometimes I wish that banks, politicians, sports administrators, police, business and churches could be as open and honest as Malema.

At least we all know where we are with him. Unlike banks that smarm and smile at us, make us all sorts of promises and then turn around and stab us in the back, feed us lies and screw us blind.

So much so that if Malema were a registered financial institution, I’d be happy to let him handle my overdraft.

— News24.

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