Cosatu: ‘Sushi club’ an insult to ANC

2011-02-01 12:43

Johannesburg - Reducing women to sex symbols for the pleasure of men is an insult to everything the ANC stands for, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Tuesday.

"Stripping women and reducing them to sex symbols for the pleasure of men does nothing but entrench stereotypes and reinforce patriarchal behaviour," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

The statement followed reports on the pre-opening of a nightclub in Cape Town, ZAR, owned by businessman Kenny Kunene, who hosted a similar party in Johannesburg last year, where sushi was served off the scantily-clad bodies of women.

"It is an insult to everything the ANC stands for and Cosatu fully endorses the ANC's appeal to all those involved in such acts to immediately disengage from them."

The Times reported that the Cape Town bash featured bikini-clad girls with sushi arranged on their bodies, lying on the bonnets of luxury cars.

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was quoted as saying at the party: "Helen Zille will not close ZAR at 02:00, like she does [to] other night clubs in Cape Town. The ANC owns ZAR and we will party until the morning."

Dignity of women

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe distanced the ruling party from the comments.

"The ANC is not into nightclubs or partying, but is a revolutionary movement," he said in a statement.

"We furthermore reiterate our condemnation to the act of serving sushi on a woman's body, as this act is anti-ANC and anti-revolutionary.

"The act is defamatory, insensitive and undermining of [a] woman's integrity. We therefore appeal to all those involved in this act to immediately disengage from it."

Craven on Tuesday welcomed the ANC's stance, admitting it had been concerned by earlier reports that its ally was associated with "immorality and the degradation of women".

He said the ANC's national general council, held at the end of 2010, said steps had to be taken to deal with the "negative tendencies" threatening to "erode the character, culture and core values of the ANC as a loyal servant of our people and an agent for progressive change in South Africa".

"That change includes liberating women from the triple oppression they face in their homes, in society and in their workplace. Our country will not be free until women's dignity is protected by all genuine revolutionaries, who recognise the inter-linkages between national, gender and class oppression."

The league responded to Mantashe's statement by saying Malema's comments were meant to show the ANC had made "great strides" in promoting black ownership.

"Contrary to what is reported, the ANCYL president said that the freedom and right for black people to own a club in a predominantly white territory is a freedom and right that came because of the ANC," the league's spokesman Floyd Shivambu said in a statement.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2011-02-01 12:49

    What we need is leaders of the people of this country. Not wannabe imperialist, colonial, euroscentric idiots like malema that got caught up in the bling of white imperialism!! This is morally degrading Euroscentric white Sh%T he filles his life with. Look after the youth be a Leader you dumb Twat!!

      robertgunning - 2011-02-01 13:08

      He isn't a true leader, he's thrives on populism. He has no ability to lead forward, just backward.

  • daaivark - 2011-02-01 12:50

    Floyd.... Even your crazy spin is just so clearly bull. There is little room for interpretation in the tubby man's statement. COSATU is quite right to condemn this behaviour in the strongest terms.

      Jo - 2011-02-01 16:20

      Agreed - but it would be nice if they castigated him for blatantly encouraging people to break the law. Whether I agree with the drinking laws or not, making a public statement that I (a) intend to break them and (b) apparently no-one is allowed to prosecute me should be unnacceptable for all parties in SA.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-02-01 12:50

    Malema sounds like somebody lobotomized him when he was three.

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:22

      he had nothing to lobotomize in the first place.

  • DW - 2011-02-01 12:51

    Yawn! These women choose to be sex objects willingly so I dont see what the fuss is about. If the ANC or Cosatu has a problem with this, why are strip clubs etc legal?

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:09

      Um DW, try touching a stripper in a strip club and then when you out of hospital come tell us how it went ok?

      ShabirS - 2011-02-02 09:54

      Agree with you DW and anyway Serving Sushi on a woman's body is old Japanese tradition called Nyotaimori which is still practised in Japan. I don't see anything wrong with that as long as the ladies are paid for it

  • Maboeroe - 2011-02-01 12:52

    I think Juju is a clown or a comedian. The more he opens his mouth the funnier it gets. Eventually he will hang himself........... I used to get worked by by this fool, but now I only shake my head.

  • Wena! - 2011-02-01 12:53

    The issue here is our friend Julius believing that the law (municipay/national/religious/whatever) does not apply to him and his buddies. This has noting to do with race, politics or who owns what. The naked lady issue may be a bit fishy, but really has nothing to do with the problem.

      ArtGee - 2011-02-01 14:02

      Foolius is DEFINTLY NOT into WOMAN.... he prefers MEN! He did eat sushi off a body, but that body was off a Male Model. He did not go near the Female Model!

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:24

      @ARTGEE...EEEUUUUWWWW, i have an image in my head now....

  • Stylin - 2011-02-01 12:53

    Never a dull moment with JUJU. But we love his hate for Helen.

      taf.jizz - 2011-02-01 13:28

      Me thinks it ticks him off that one of the naked ladies was not Helen Zille herself???

      Picasso - 2011-02-01 13:54

      OK taf.jizz, that is just gross!! The mere fact that you think of Helen Zille nakkid...

  • Francois - 2011-02-01 12:54

    What about the women - why do they do it? How many of them enjoy it? How many of them get taxi money from Inyesi Malema?

      berni.francois - 2011-02-01 13:55

      Thanks - I thought I was the only one wondering if these women were forced at gunpoint to lie there while people ate sushi off their bodies. It was their choice surely. If they choose to be sex objects let them be. There are many "hookers" out there that don't do it just for the money.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 14:13

      Really berni? How many would that be?

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:27

      besides there has been a call for years for the ANC to legalise the industry so that it can be regulated, a policywhich would not only earn the country money (taxes) but would eliminate the stigma attached...but no we would rather just set JUB JUB onto it...Morons!!!

  • Bandit - 2011-02-01 12:55

    A slave is a slave is a slave and will always be a slave ... Kenny's is still trying to live up to his previous masters. He may be rich and yet he is so desparate for attention. WHO is he trying to please?? SLAVE mentality Kenny. Think about it.

  • Sythe - 2011-02-01 12:57

    Zuma will have to have a word with JU JU again to put him in his place. "We the ANC distance ourself from such utterances made by the ANCYL" blah, blah same old shite.

      Shabnam Singh - 2011-02-01 13:11

      What's he gonna say Sythe? 'Good work Juju. As long as it comes from you, they will never believe it was on the script we gave you.'....

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:29

      they are never going to bite the hand that is going to be the one that feeds them come 2017 and onwards...

  • detect - 2011-02-01 12:59

    If you saw the front page of The Times yesterday, anyone who believes in any form of equality would be disturbed by the photograph of a model in scanty underwear, with sushi down her body and having champagne poured into her mouth, with a crowd of people gawking. Now to your average male, that might sound quite appealing but you would change your mind quite quickly if you saw the photograph of it. It was demeaning and disgustingly bacchanal. And in a country where people can't afford to buy basic necessities, it's really rather sickening.

  • Logs01 - 2011-02-01 13:00

    The ANC Cadre's are "living it up", while their foolish supporters perish, living on "breadcrums" and promisses. But they will vote them in again?? No, pill on the market to fix stupidity !!!

      Khazamula - 2011-02-01 13:22

      Dude, who should I vote for? thought as much...

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:33

      How can you think as much when he hasn't had time to answer? Shees, some people, Siwulandini!

      Logs01 - 2011-02-01 13:57

      Easy, if you think all Parties are S&^T, you vote for the "best" of the lot on "offer" at the time and NOT for the "S$^Ttest" one of the lot. The ANC is disappearing so fast down the drain, that even their supporters with 1 braincell should realize it. For a SIMPLE example so a child can understand it: Its a LOT like shopping: You shop at a certain store because of good price, quality and service that suites your needs and one day that all goes for a ball of crap because of "new" management, owners or greed, openly not offering you the "deals" that you were used to and made you a happy shopper, THEN you start "shopping" elsewhere, where you find the "best option" to service your needs at the time. To keep on "shopping" at the one store after you realize that you are being ripped off, is just plain stupid. GOT IT???? See, you got Free Will, some brains, choices in life. Make the best of what is available at the time. Its called progress

      Khazamula - 2011-02-01 15:00

      You have not said anything. You can use that theory on day care children.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 15:54

      Actually Khazamula, it is you who has said nothing... ANCYL wannabe

      Bobbi T - 2011-02-01 18:36

      Hey Logs01 their foolish supporters are living on chicken portions right now! Soon they will be complaining about service delivery but for now they vote with a chicken drumstick

  • Klem - 2011-02-01 13:00

    Damn ! What a waste of sushi !! wasabi !!

  • Melly30 - 2011-02-01 13:01

    Bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa - Idiots!!!

  • john - 2011-02-01 13:01

    I wonder if the women hung around till the next morning and asked for taxi fare home? If so, they obviously had a great time.

  • - 2011-02-01 13:02

    Julius the clown opens his fat trap again. Shut it you fool.

  • Xavier - 2011-02-01 13:02

    Every country has it's clowns, you see them in the circus, JU JU is ours.

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-02-01 13:04

    JULIUS ... good ole JULIUS! Our own locally produced clown ... the mother of all CLOWNS!! Viva Julius ... viva my brother!

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  • Goose - 2011-02-01 13:06

    So now COSATU is making statements on behalf of the ANC???? (Reducing women to sex symbols for the pleasure of men is an insult to everything the ANC stands for, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Tuesday) HAHAHAHAHA

  • Podgette - 2011-02-01 13:06

    The expression "NIKS GEWOONT" springs to mind! These idiots have no class and are making a total hash of imitating class!

      BRONZE - 2011-02-01 13:28

      Tell me about it. They are so embarrassing.

  • Denise - 2011-02-01 13:07

    Oh Julius, when will you think before you speak? This country needs to move forward with one united step and you keep one dividing the masses and making a mockery of all that has been achieved. Please use your brain before you open your mouth.

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:30

      he has yet to discover it.

  • blondetopaz - 2011-02-01 13:08

    blah blah blah. just lip service from the ruling party! pretend slap on the wrist for Julius.

  • Goose - 2011-02-01 13:08

    So now COSATU is making statements on behalf of the ANC???? (Reducing women to sex symbols for the pleasure of men is an insult to everything the ANC stands for, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Tuesday) HAHAHAHAHA

  • gillian.hanna2 - 2011-02-01 13:09

    living in Africa is very entertaining to say the least!!!

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:31

      Yup :)

  • clint1980b - 2011-02-01 13:10

    I would just like to say... Malema wishes he was white else why would he do these things?

      Breeze - 2011-02-01 14:09

      ...and whites do "these things"? Gross generalisation my friend...we whites can't afford it even if we wanted to...which we don't.

      matla - 2011-02-01 15:14

      @breeze you are also generalising and you cant be speaking for all white people, you dwoosh

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 15:55

      Er matla, I tend to agree with Breeze moron, us white people can't afford this...

      ShabirS - 2011-02-02 10:06

      @Blankpoint, Liar. In average white race is still the richest in SA, followed by Indians (hardworkers) then coloureds and lastly blacks

  • Shabnam Singh - 2011-02-01 13:10

    Won't be long now before the revolution of Egypt spills over. It's about people being fedup with the likes of JM who think he is above the law and our spineless government who can't reprimand their puppet. CT's bylaws are their bylaws. Who does he think he is? This piece of lard makes my blood boil with his arrogance.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-01 13:43

      Julius aka Juju aka Stool aka Pinochio aka Lardass is an imbecile. The intelligent folk of SA know that but we need to show our distaste in the ANC for allowing this fool to firstly join the youth league then electing him President nogal...Election time is here..hint,hint..

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-01 15:31

      sorry but the masses of SA are too stupid to think the way that the Egyptians are thinking.

  • crocoros - 2011-02-01 13:11

    Carry on Juliass, foreign investment has dropped tremendously in SA due to various and many reasons. I believe one of those reasons is that once upon a time SA stood as an outstanding country in its values and morals. It has deteriorated to such an extent that now we are seen as nothing less than thieves and criminals. Soon no one will invest in SA because of your idiotic rantings and you will have to save the day with the billions you are accumulating while the going is good. Look at Hosni Mubarak he could only fool the Egyptians for so long and now they see him for what he is. So my idiot friend carry on the ANC can not rule forever. People are going to get tired.

      Percy - 2011-02-01 13:21

      well well................ kunzima kulomhlaba

      matla - 2011-02-01 15:17

      @ crocoros you are talkin bull , when was SA an outstanding country - during apartheid - shut your mouth

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-01 13:12

    COSATU has an obligation to it's members. Aligning yourself to the ANC is against what COSATU stands for. The ANC is a joke at the moment cos the Brains have left the building. Viva Vavi Viva !!! The ANCYL is a cancer on the ANC...No where in the world will this happen.

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-02-01 13:24

      So true this is not the leaders of the people of 1994. This is a bunch of money hungry thieving imperialst dogs savagingly destroying all Our GREAT Ex president Mandela spent all his life fighting for.

  • The_Truth - 2011-02-01 13:15

    Time to put a price on his head. Even his closest allies will betray him for money. Maybe that will shut him up, and he will learn then to keep a low profile

  • renier.kriel - 2011-02-01 13:16

    haha loving the youth league's response...pulling the race card!

  • Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-01 13:18

    The ANC being led by COSATO and to stupid to realise that.

  • BigD - 2011-02-01 13:18

    @themantshepo. How can you make the comment "is the anc run by this stupid teeny bopper". What a stupid thing to say. malema is an overweight middle aged under achiever. You could not disipline the anc if you tried. They lead all the voters that voted for them by the nose, the blind been led by the blind.

  • Khazamula - 2011-02-01 13:18

    Juju did not mean what he said. He was simply drunk, as always. Anyway, closing clubs at 2am does not necessarily help with anything. Its just a publicity stand. People inside clubs are not a threat to anyone, those outside are. Those woman have never been forced they choose for sushis to be eaten on their bodies. Juju is just a drunkard lunatic.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:25

      How do you know they choose to have sushi eaten off their bodies. Maybe they had no choice due to the situation they found themselves in and had no choice but to do that to make some money. To assume for a women is precisely what COSATU are talking about. I think some black men still have a long way to go in realising that they do not think for a women..

  • DeonL - 2011-02-01 13:19

    The ANC does not like parties? You could have fooled me.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-02-01 13:19

    Bla Blah Blah! Now stop the Tripartite alliance that you have and put the ANC cadres in their place! Oh sorry you can't! If you do then you lose out to. Why is this man in the position that he is in. Because of the ANC and taxpayers money.

  • Vedder - 2011-02-01 13:24

    Malema,Floyd the wheels will turn and they turning fast!!

  • nasheenar - 2011-02-01 13:24

    What happened to freedon of choice? If you want sushi served off your body surely its by choice. Everyone's a critic with such high morals.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:29

      How do you know it was by choice, maybe due to a situation beyond her control she had no choice but to do that? Just asking...

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-02-01 13:33

      Sure if those woman had kenny and Malema money they would not Choose that! They are econimicly deprived by these Morales BAASTEDS they have no choice. Think about it it is degrading. Why do prostituts sleep with people like you because u good in bed NO it is for the money honey!!!

      Spade - 2011-02-01 14:00

      Its more to do with the people who choose to eat sushi of "scantily clad women". Who in their right minds eat sushi?!

  • Travis - 2011-02-01 13:24

    Nobody gives a damn what you say Julius, as Sythe said, I think it's better that you keep your sewer closed, cause when its open kak just flows out.

  • Stuka - 2011-02-01 13:24

    The girls should just watch out for the wasabi...

  • BRONZE - 2011-02-01 13:26

    This Kenny fella is trying his darndest to live like some hip hop artist he sees on Channel O! Dude, you can't copy everything you see on tv. Did you see the clothes he was wearing at that party? Damn! Somebody tell him that real Black men don't dress like that, eeeuwwwww! And Juju looks like Oros in a suit. As for the stuff that teletubby says........well, is it really suprising? We all know he has foot in mouth disease. And as for the women and sushi it's the women's choice, they weren't forced. But why wasn't I invited?

  • mdu - 2011-02-01 13:29

    The struggle was not intended to bennefit individualls,but everyone who leaves in country,and base on those grounds everyone can open the night club and i mean its a freedom of choice and it is very much disturbing to hear the president of the youth league says`Zille wont close Zar like other night clubs`as if Zar is better compare to other night clubs and this is what devide us after all we have done to unite this country.Therefore my point of concern regarding the statement of youth league is that if we are not friends to polititians we wont have support if we want to do what have been laid by the constitution of this country. Julius we lost of fellow brothers who went lusaka not for money or fame or the salary for that matter,but for a true revolution to protect the intrest of all and if you desrespect that legacy the whole of us we are watching and we are deffenatly not stupid

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-01 13:39

      You should have gone to school instead. Your spelling is up to SHIT.

      Ockert - 2011-02-01 13:45

      Is the ANC still in "Struggle" mode --- bunch of polookas !

  • thumper - 2011-02-01 13:33

    We all know Malema is a twat but for goodness sake its just harmless fun at a club. Why not open a ladies club with scantily clad men serving sushi off their bodies too? That way everyone gets some!

  • Jo - 2011-02-01 13:42

    Does anyone want to say anything about breaking the law? The drinking laws in CT might be under review, but while they're there surely it's not the business of govt. aligned movements to boast about breaking the law? Odd that no-one addresses that.

  • marco - 2011-02-01 13:42

    Well there you go "The ANC owns ZAR and we will party until the morning" who the **** does the ANC think they are? "Stripping women and reducing them to sex symbols for the pleasure of men does nothing but entrench stereotypes and reinforce patriarchal behaviour...It is an insult to everything the ANC stands for," for ****sakes your president Jacob Zuma ****s left,right and centre just a short while ago having three wives and a child out of wedlock and how is that not "Stripping women and reducing them to sex symbols" hey tell me?If you wanna stir up K@K get your own house in order first before trying sweep someone else's house clean.Dancing naked woman have been in Zulu and Xhosa cultures for years and now all off sudden the ANC complains about it "an insult to everything the ANC stands for".Your women dance about in scantily clad goat skin attire at your exorbitant weddings and other functions and yet you bitch about the same modern equivalent at a nightclub?You seem to forget this K@K that happened:"Scantily clad Zulu women,some waving cardboard machine-guns,danced in celebration yesterday when South Africa's high court threw out corruption charges against Jacob Zuma,clearing the way for him to become the next president...Zulus dance for joy as Zuma corruption case is thrown out."The ANC thinks it's their Godgiven right to decide what's best for South Africa and I say **** that enough is enough **** you.

      Wena! - 2011-02-01 13:55

      Wow, Marco! Feel strongly about this, do you?

  • Ockert - 2011-02-01 13:43

    What Revelotion GWEDE ?, don't the ANC govern the country ?, maybe not if you see the state of affairs,,,, who are the rulers ?? (Kings ?)

      Ockert - 2011-02-01 13:44

      Revolution - sorry

  • OB1 - 2011-02-01 13:45

    there you go...kenny owns a nightclub, so blacks are now empowered...well done, too cleva, ne! ;)

  • Bosduif - 2011-02-01 13:46

    Nice example for our youth this old Julius. Sad thing is.... 80% of them love him.

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-01 13:48

    "Malema is nuttier then squirrel poo..." Love it!

      Khazamula - 2011-02-01 15:09

      by the way, one of the woman in question is white. Can't wait to go to ZAR Cape Town...Entertainment, entertainment.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-01 15:57

      Don't worry Khazamula, I've had my fair share of black women. Have fun!

  • Tazzy - 2011-02-01 13:54

    Kunzima Dillemma.... hope your liver lasts another election!