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Was Julius Malema ever a genuine threat?

05 March 2012, 07:10
Tipped by many of his followers to become a possible future President of South Africa,was Mr Malema ever a genuine threat to the ANC Government and white people in South Africa? Well lets see.

Since Malema had already been suspended for five years by the ANC for sowing divisions and bringing the party into disrepute,he then went on to make an appeal against the sentence and subsequently lost. And instead of getting the sentence reduce as he had hoped it will, the ANC disciplinary committee decided to increase it by his expulsion from the party in the end. So his plan horribly backfired in his face did it not?

The verdict surrounding Malema's expulsion was that he was labelled as a repeat offender who had been reprimanded twice in less than two years and each time he'd shown no remorse for his actions whatsoever. The ANC also claims that Malema refuses to accept any discipline coming from the ANC and is not even prepared to respect the disciplinary machinery that his party, the Naches in place. For that he had to be dealt with pronto. No longer a member of the ANC and no longer the President of its Youth League organization, means Malema does not have a constituency of his own in order to challenge for the presidency of South Africa.

Time magazine rated Julius Malema as "one of the least influential people ever". For someone who embodies and articulates the confusions and contradictions of most black Africans, he has become too loud for his own good and needed to be shut down completely. Malema had been accused of only being interested in enriching himself, using the poor and unemployed as cover for his underhanded, troubling and disruptive agenda in South Africa.

At rallies Malema was sometimes seen making a gesture of cupping his hand and extending his fingers so as to mimic a shower head, which was a satirical dig at Mr Zuma for having said that he, Zuma, took a shower after having sex with an HIV-positive woman. Calls were even made for Malema to be barred from entering his office at ANC Headquarters in Luthuli House, Johannesburg, and for him to step down ANCYL president A.S.A.P.

Julius Malema arguably has been the most divisive public figure in post-Apartheid South Africa so far. A self proclaimed champion of the poor, a lone radical voice for the nationalisation of the country's mines and the seizure of white-owned land, his Mugabe-style rhetoric and diplomatic gaffes never seems to want to end. His expulsion from the ANC should nudge him ever closer to the abyss and ultimately his grave with a big truck of concrete waiting to be poured onto it. Bearing in mind he did say:"I will die for what I believe in”, showing his utter defiance.

Malema was given 14 days to appeal his expulsion, but I reckon he will try and drag it out until the ANC Conference takes place in December 2012, where at least he could cunningly ask some of the top brass party members to at least hear him out. Funny how Malema's expulsion only revolves around his tarnishing of the ANC's reputation, the creation of divisions within their ranks and his failing to follow party rules. It had nothing to do with his repeatedly singing the divisive racial taunts of "shoot the boer" song, his call for the overthrow of the democratic government in Botswana, the calling Mbeki a better leader than Zuma or for throwing out a BBC journalist out of a press conference and calling him a "Bloody agent!".

You would think he'd also get expelled for saying these:

1. On South Africa's presidents...

"We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma," in June 2008 during Mr Zuma's hard-fought campaign to wrest control of the ANC from then President Thabo Mbeki.

"We are leaving this dead snake, but we must bury it, it is dead now," in September 2008 shortly before Mr Mbeki was ousted as president.

"Racism is the legacy of De Klerk. Unemployment is the legacy of De Klerk. Shortage of houses is the legacy of De Klerk. De Klerk must never be compared with Mandela," in January 2011 urging people not to credit South Africa's last white ruler, FW de Klerk, for releasing Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

2. on opposition political parties...

"She, the racist little girl, must remember that Zuma is her boss," in May 2009 after Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Helen Zille, a white woman, was elected premier of Western Cape province.

"I only debate with serious political youth formations. Not a group of the racist Helen Zille's garden boys," in February 2009 refusing to have a debate with DA youth leader Khume Ramulifho.

"She's a nobody; she's a tea girl of the madam. I'm not debating with the service of the madam," in May 2011 rejecting a challenge to have a debate with Lindiwe Mazibuko, a black woman who is now the DA's parliamentary leader.

3.On foreign policy...

 "We want to ask a simple question - are you not tired of seeing blood every year? You blood-thirsty imperialists... They can't think. They don't know politics," denouncing Nato's military campaign in Libya in July 2011.

"Botswana is in full co-operation with imperialists," in July 2011, calling for a change of government in Gaborone because of its close ties with the US - the stance which saw him suspended from the party.

4.On economics...

"At the moment, when the imperialist forces are accepting the failures of capitalism, we should ask whether the time has not arrived for the government to make sure that the state owns the mines and other means of production," in July 2009, calling for nationalisation of South Africa's huge mining industry to end white domination of the economy.

"Mandela and his generation said: 'Freedom in our lifetime', and we want to declare today: 'Economic freedom in our lifetime'," in February 2010, arguing that nationalisation had been a policy of the ANC during the struggle for democratic rule.

5.On sex and rape...

"When a woman didn't enjoy it [sex], she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money," in January 2009 after Mr Zuma was acquitted in 2008 of raping a family friend.

6.On education...

"Let the minister use that fake accent to address our problems and not behave like a spoilt minister," in February 2009 calling on the Mbeki-appointed Education Minister Naledi Pandor to resolve a wage dispute at a university.

"Your children must be allowed to go to school with coolie [a racially derogatory term for Indians] children," in October 2011 calling for better education for black people.

7.On his glorified self...

"I think parliament is for old people, don't you agree? It's not my favourite place," in January 2009, rejecting his nomination to serve in parliament.

"If I am expelled from the ANC, no problem. Life goes on. I've played my role and my name will be counted in history. There are people who are far older than me who have never played any role and their names are not relevant to the history of South Africa," in October 2011, while facing charges of bringing the ANC in disrepute.

Malema had come to believe in his own hype. It’s sad how the party that founded him in the first place and then created such an evil monster, now took the decision to expel the same "demon". Precipitous by the ANC-you'd wonder?

Is Julius Malema South Africa's public enemy number one? For a man who articulated the frustrations of South Africa's poorest black people in a country that is littered with new airports, shopping malls,worldcup stadia at one end and raw, open sewers and corrugated, filthy shack townships on the other side of the coin ,Malema truly was someone of the times we live in. The real South Africa, not the make believe one.

Malema's agenda was simple-Nationalisation of the country's mines and the seizure of white-owned land and property. That off course drove Foreign Direct Investment away from South Africa and farther north amongst other things. And that's the danger to the ANC Government in particular they had to deal will quickly. No overseas investment meant no money in their pockets which they couldn't afford to give up.

Communities in South Africa have had legitimate grounds for protest against the ANC for years now. Malema knew that and exploited every situation to push forward his underhanded agenda. The ANC's hard-headed refusal to accept that they are not infallible meant that they hog almost every corner of the political spectrum in South Africa, often standing for nothing else but the preservation of their own power.

Will another individual from their Youth League ranks ever take up the mantle that Malema left behind and become the unstoppable political force to challenge Zuma and his coterie of ANC bigwigs?

Someone perhaps less mad,absurd,hypocritical,uncouth and loudmouth as Malema was? There are lorry loads of angry folks out there without jobs,black and white people across the board,no matter,that have no job to go to and who's social life have had major disruptions because of this when all they can see around them is a corrupt, show me yours and I'll show you mine bling- bling political culture that barely notices the contempt in which they are held in.

The ANC calling the local communities politically unsophisticated,disgruntled with no outlet for their frustrations,and whose protest are to them a mere political pathology and nothing more,just shows you how arrogant the former liberation movement that now is in government, has become.


1.BBC News.

2.The Daily Telegraph Newspaper.

3.AFP news agency.

4.Reuters Africa.

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