Julius Malema quoted

Johannesburg - A selection of quotes by Julius Malema, who has been expelled from the ANC.  

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"We are guilty of thinking." (February 10 2012 at an ANCYL lekgotla.)

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"The succession battle should be discussed without fear or favour. It should not be a taboo topic." (February 10 2012, ANCYL lekgotla.)

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"We did not commit anything wrong against the movement. The only thing we did was to speak about how the land must be restored to its original owners." (February 10 2012, ANCYL lekgotla.)

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"If there was any form of consistency, those who were attending meetings of the ANC under the influence of alcohol and some of those who were arrested for drinking and driving should have been subjected to disciplinary processes." (February 10 2012, ANCYL lekgotla, referring to the arrest for drunken driving of ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.)

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"I am not here to speak... President [Jacob] Zuma will speak on behalf of all of us. He was elected, whether we like him or not." (January 6 2012, ahead of the ANC centenary gathering in Mangaung.)

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"I will not leave politics. I will never leave politics... I found a new hobby in cattle farming." (December 1 2011.)

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"The ANC Youth League will also establish a Botswana command team, which will work towards uniting all oppositional forces in Botswana to oppose the puppet regime of Botswana, led by the Botswana Democratic Party." (August 1 2011, as read out at a meeting in Boksburg.)

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"The BDP is a footstool of imperialism, a security threat to Africa and always under constant puppetry [sic] of the United States." (August 1 2011, Malema reading from an ANCYL statement in Boksburg.)

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"Botswana is in full co-operation with imperialists... and the government is undermining the African agenda... We are not going to sit with neighbours that conduct themselves like that." (July 31 2011.)

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"Mbeki is the best leader the ANC has ever produced. There are those who hated him with a passion but forgot that Mbeki, during his leadership, had produced a two-thirds majority during elections." (June 6 2011.)

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"Those who hate [Thabo] Mbeki are jealous of his achievements. He was the most educated and clever." (June 6 2011.)

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"Don't burn the flag of the ANC. That is who we are... we cannot burn ourselves, especially the black, green and gold. You are here because you love the ANC. We must exercise restraint." (August 30 2011, after a flag was burned near Luthuli House, where his disciplinary hearing was being held.)

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"Peace and unity should prevail until the conclusion. We are disciplined members of the organisation [ANC] and respect the leadership." (August 29 2011, before Luthuli House riot.)

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"You can arrest me, but you can't arrest my ideas." (July 31 2011.)

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"If you are not careful, you will be led by the masses." (June 19 2011 during an address on the urgent need for economic change.)

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"We must not be technical about our leaders. We need to be honest about them. Once you suppress that, the leaders will find that they have left the people behind, exactly what happened in Polokwane." (June 19 2011.)

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"We are carrying your mandate and we will protect the policy on the nationalisation of mines. We will rather be expelled protecting it." (June 19 2011, to league members.)

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"An elder who is irritated by kids is a problem for me." (June 14 2011.)

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"We don't want anything from Zuma. We don't expect any reward. He is the president of the African National Congress and the country. He is uncontested. There is no attack [on the presidency] whatsoever from the ANCYL." (June 14 2011.)

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"There is one president of the ANC and that is President Zuma. He is uncontested... if you [do not] want to suffer political humiliation, you must not even think about contesting President Zuma between now and the 2012 conference of the ANC." (June 9 2011.)

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"When he concludes his term of office he will enjoy the respect as a former president... Whether he finishes his term in 2012 or after two terms, it's immaterial." (June 9 2011.)

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"The youth has brought excitement into the politics of South Africa." (June 14 2011.)

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"We have seen close friends of us, turning against us, we have seen enemies of this collective becoming close friends as we were soldiering on, because we knew in politics there are no permanent friends and there are no permanent enemies." (June 9 2011.)

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"We have had to grow very fast." (June 9 2011.)

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