Malema faces barrage of insults at Mangosuthu

2009-03-26 00:00

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema yesterday defied threats and insults from IFP supporters who tried to block him from entering Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Umlazi where he was to address ANC students.

Armed police kept a close watch over Malema and his entourage. The police had their hands full pushing IFP supporters back to make way for Malema. At the entrance of the hall where Malema delivered his address police stood between ANC and IFP supporters. The IFP supporters yelled unprintable profanities at the youth leader. The youth, clad in IFP T-shirts, called Malema an “uneducated fool” with a big mouth.

ANC supporters taunted the IFP in return, saying they are fools for believing in the leadership of one man, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and that after the elections Jacob Zuma will be in charge of the country, including the IFP.

After Malema’s address police used stun grenades to disperse the IFP supporters who had tried to block Malema from leaving.

Reports of similar incidents were received from the University of Zululand late yesterday where Malema also addressed students.

The Witness learnt that Malema managed to speak after initially being blocked by IFP supporters.

A source said IFP supporters pelted Malema’s car with stones on his departure.

Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe confirmed that a group of people blocked the entrance and later dispersed. She said no arrests were made as there were no unlawful acts.

Addressing students in a hall packed to capacity at MUT, Malema did not pull any punches. He took swipes at former president Thabo Mbeki, DA leader Helen Zille, the IFP, Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mbhazima Shilowa and UDM president Bantu Holomisa.

The youth leader said the ANC cannot be defeated by “small fishes”. He said the ruling party has no opposition because all the other political organisations are interest groups and “Mickey Mouse” parties that cannot offer South Africans anything different.

He labelled the IFP a cultural group that would be better suited to organising cultural activities.

He said the party was formed on a cultural basis, but thinks it can run the country.

Zille was a major butt of his jokes. He said she is a racist and a fake and that after her makeover, she looks plastic. “Have you seen Zille’s old photos; she looked like an apartheid spy,” said Malema to loud laughter.

He said Holomisa is an “apartheid” general who was recruited to the ANC. He said Holomisa’s party is a one-man show and that he is pacing up and down in his house called the UDM. He said no one in the hall could tell him who the secretary-general of the UDM is.

Taunting Cope, he called it a party of angry people. “If they smile or become happy the party will collapse,” said Malema. He said Shilowa did not know how to use a fork and knife or how to dress properly until he joined the ANC.

He referred to Mbeki as an educated man who had failed South Africa. He said that when Mbeki fired Zuma as deputy president, he had set a precedent that a president can be expelled.

He rubbished statements that those who left the ANC did so because of him and that he is rude.

He said he has never seen parents leaving home on account of their children being rude. If parents leave their homes because of the behaviour of their children it means that they have failed, he said.

“Those who say I am rude and disrespectful want to be feared and not to be challenged. Nelson Mandela did no teach us to be afraid,” added Malema.

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