Spoilt little Julius Malema

2009-11-12 00:00

LAST Saturday morning, I drove with Dr Mosibudi Mangena, president of the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) and former Minister of Science and Technology, from Pretoria to attend a funeral in Alexandra, Extension Seven. We drove in an ordinary civilian car without any blue lights or VIP protection.

Under normal circumstances, a person of Mangena’s stature and calibre would deserve some form of protection. The same cannot be said for spoilt little Julius Malema.

Although disgusted by the decision, I am not surprised that his comrades in control of state resources and state organs saw fit to accord Malema VIP status. While there are many ordinary, law-abiding citizens who live under constant harassment and threat from thugs, criminals and gangsters, and seriously deserve protection, the decision to provide Malema with state-sponsored protection is purely partisan and a blatant abuse of state resources.

I am extremely annoyed with these recent developments. The notorious little revolutionary from Polokwane has been granted status by his comrades, who have been entrusted by the citizens of this country with the management of state resources and institutions, as if he is equivalent to any minister or deputy minister. It is absolutely ludicrous that he is being elevated to the position of some de facto demigod.

There is absolutely no justification for Malema to be provided with any protection whatsoever, and if his Polokwane group thinks that his life is in danger, it would be much wiser for Luthuli House to pay for it themselves, not force it on South African taxpayers. In fact, now we understand why there was so much fighting in Bloemfontein about who was to become the President of the African National Congress Youth League. Apparently Malema earns enough money from Luthuli House to shame many ordinary South Afri­cans, who have been working hard for years. In fact, he can afford his own personal 24-hour VIP protection on his current monthly salary.

All South African citizens deserve protection from thugs, gangsters and criminals, not Julius Malema alone. He remains an ordinary citizen and if he wants to enjoy the protection accorded to the ruling elite, he must formally ask President Jacob Zuma to appoint him to his cabinet. A family of one of our comrades in Mabopane is constantly being harassed by thugs and criminals. Yet no protection has been provided for them. There have not even been innocent police patrols in the area, although the police have been made aware of the situation on many occasions.

We are told that Malema is so powerful that no one in the current ANC has enough courage to oppose him. This explains why even the so-called security assessment and threat report compiled by security agencies whose credibility has been dented, was in favour of Malema. And there is no way that the poor Minister Nathi Mthethwa would have said no to Malema’s request. It is really sad that no one in the current Polokwane group has the guts to oppose what appears to be the obvious abuse of state resources.


• Lesego Sechaba Mogotsi is an Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) member in Ward 40, Tshwane, Gauteng.

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