Radebe lays into Malema

2011-09-27 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Social Development Dr Meshack Radebe has warned his new staff members not to join “the rotten potatoes” in the department who are corrupt. Radebe addressed the scores of new recruits who gathered at Margate Hotel on Friday for their induction into the operations of the department.

“As you join this department, you are committing yourselves in social development. You must not be elsewhere. People rot in jails for corruption and accepting R5 000 bribes.

“A big fish has been arrested. My children, never get tempted into corruption. It is a shortened life and once you get there you are history. I beat corruption,” he said.

Radebe pointed out that in his department there are wrong camps and corrupt officials, which he described as “ghosts”.

“In the department you will find ghosts. So don’t join wrong people because I will deal with you. Don’t get tempted and work like Julius Malema who does not even have a diploma...”.

He said that it’s young people like Malema who never struggled for freedom since they were not born at the time, but who speak fancy English and think that will teach them politics.

Radebe said these people tend to lack respect and call their president a liar.

“Where were you when we struggled for freedom. Malema is 29 years old and he was not there, now he wants the nationalisation of mines as well as a change of the Constitution. We are not going to allow that”.

“We are sticking to our constitution. This is not a banana republic.

“We are not going to allow young kids to demonise this country. Nationalisation is not going to happen in our lifetime ...

“You can go and tell him if you are his fans. All what he wants is to have shares and people in rural areas will remain poor”.

On a lighter note but still fervently patriotic, Radebe encouraged staff members to support the national rugby team by wearing the green and gold jersey.

When he asked two staff members why they were not wearing the jersey they answered that they did not have money and he called them forward and gave each R600 to buy the official Springbok jersey.

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