Govt trying to silence me, Malema claims

2012-09-26 19:51

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema insisted on Wednesday that money-laundering charges against him were part of a plot to silence him.

"I am aware that senior government officials... have agitated law enforcement authorities to expedite my arrest and detain me as a means of trying to silence and disrupt the political activities I am involved in," he said in a statement.

"Attempts to silence our political activities and involvement will never succeed because we carry a revolutionary obligation to speak on behalf of the oppressed and downtrodden masses."

Malema said he would visit mineworkers in the North West on Thursday to pledge support for their wage protests.

"The struggle for economic freedom is in motion and no amount of suppression and intimidation will silence us," he said.

"Attempts to banish us and isolate us from the ANC have never succeeded and... [will] never succeed."

Malema was granted bail of R10 000 by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He was officially charged with money-laundering, for allegedly "receiving proceeds from unlawful activities".

The affidavit he made in support of his application for bail was not read out in court. The case was postponed to 30 November.

Malema said it was "conclusively irresponsible" for the State to issue a warrant of arrest and to take him to court, when it could not produce a docket to justify its charges.

"The rushing of the charging seems to be inspired by other considerations than justice," he said.

"It is very strange that some political leaders, who are compromised and insisted that my arrest be expedited, are the ones who should respond to more than 700 charges of corruption, fraud and money-laundering."

Earlier, Malema told supporters outside the court that they needed to make sure President Jacob Zuma was not re-elected at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung at the end of the year.

"We must make sure Jacob Zuma does not become [remain] president of the ANC... Remove him as a president," he said.

"Zuma has 700 charges against him. I only have one."

In his statement, Malema said the "rule of law" could not be undermined by people with political power.

"All South Africans, including Jacob Zuma, should be equal before the law," he said.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-26 19:58

    Man, if they could silence you even I may vote for them.

      nick.vuletic - 2012-09-26 20:03

      @squee - Hahahaha!

      Alien42063 - 2012-09-26 21:50

      Hahaha I was about to say the exact same thing. "Govt trying to silence me" If only they could...

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-26 23:56

      Ag malemmer shut the F up before someone shuts you up..You are looking for trouble wherever you go.

      morris.khunou - 2012-09-27 08:42

      @syyanda .Malema is supported by hooligans the kind that can beat their mothers,Those who appear decent are either benefiting from corruption or have their other political agendas. If we can have an international moron competitions SA will scoop gold medals more than china did at the olympics.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-26 20:03

    Oh, please. Just shut the FU for peace in South Africa

      pierre.walt - 2012-09-26 21:11

      Again Kim. Love your profile.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-27 01:19

      Trying to shut malema up is like trying to flush a toilet silently, impossible. First a rush of noise as the sewerage flushes away(ok, ok, I know, Malema produces it), then the insistent squirt of the cistern filling, rounded of by the irritating drip, drip drip as the last drops go in.

      kirsten.a.foster.100 - 2012-09-27 09:53

      time bomb ticking

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-26 20:03

    Be careful Julius it's one charge for now... I'm really keen to see the Master of the High Courts report into the flow of money into and out of the trust fund.... Now that's going to be interesting!

      tmalema - 2012-09-26 21:10

      Wait for the blanket to unfold, do not judge.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-26 21:11

      LOL...Juju as Zuma's "cheer leader" learned alot of tricks in presenting himself as the victim to get the support from the masses. ANC vs ex-ANC round 2.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-09-26 20:08

    If he is innocent he might have a point. If, however, he is guilty he will go the way of all criminals and should not blame government.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-26 20:13

      Nahhh, he is guilty as sin - blaming the government is absurd, everyone knows they don't have the capacity to come up with such a cunning plan!

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-09-27 07:38

      Well Sharon....."they" might not have the "capacity" according to you but i would like to know if "they" are your government or do you live abroad? I see that you have him guilty before his day in court almost reminiscent of the "good" old days.....

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-26 20:08

    Oh and Julius did you not take the credit for getting Zuma off those charges when you arranged mass protests and said you would die for him? Did you not accuse the government of the time of the same thing you're accusing them of now? This blame game gets BORING! Be a man, if you did the crime do the time!

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-26 20:16

    For Gods sake the pitiful excuse of a man ROBBED the poor he is supporting by encouraging strikes - how about giving the money back you robbing swine!!!! Nothing political just plain outright corruption.

  • tonyhooper69 - 2012-09-26 20:23


  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-26 20:25

    At least someone is trying to silence him. About time, but as it is the ANC, who have a 100% failure rate, I doubt that they will even succeed in this.

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-09-26 20:26

    How does one join (friends of julius Malema) do they have a website or HQ's I want to be part of this great cause.......

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-26 20:40

      themba.ntuli, Sorry, bad luck, dude - you can read and write, you will not be allowed to join... PS - the reason there is no website (nobody to write it and besides, what is a 'website' in Pedi) and no HQ (it sounds too much like 'IQ' and they agreed that they definitely do not need that).

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-26 20:27

    The are obviously trying hard enough

  • jaffea.joe - 2012-09-26 20:29

    Juju, they will never silent you because you stand for the truth.. They can't prove this money laundering, that is why there was such a low bail. The truth shall prevail even in the times of doubt. We don't doubt u

      raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-26 21:35

      How can Juju live this rich life if he claimed he got a R 20 000 a month salary ? please give everybody the recipe , with all the buying he does , we could really help the economy if we buy R 250 000 watches . I respect the values he stands for but he is arrogant , let us see how he proves millions of rands from tenders moving around was legal . ( If it was legal why not use personal accounts and not other accounts ? )

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-09-26 21:48

      The JZ/JM era. Our 'idiot era'

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-27 06:11

      Actually, his bail was pretty high: murderers get let out on 1k. IMO, the issue of bail was stupid - where's he going to run to? He is such a public figure, he could have been released on his own recognisance, or "free bail" as some idiots like to call it. Somehow, I can't imagine the Michelin Man hiding out in a cave in the Eastern Cape or Pakistan...

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-27 09:39

      Its boggles the mind when you see comments like these on a public forum. What is even more astounding, is that these guys are being serious. Wow.

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-26 20:31

    There is nothing that can silence you, aah wait maybe a bucket of KFC you fat ----

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-09-26 20:35

    His last statement says it all! Julius is probably the least corrupt of all of them.

  • glenn.p.popham - 2012-09-26 20:41

    That would be a great idea, take governments advise and shut up. Whenever you open it, you stick your foot in it anyway. Tired of your little cries, you are crooked as hell and deserve everything coming your way

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-26 20:42

    Hahahahahahah! What would you know? I just saw on Etv News an old white lady, she goes by the name of Cde Lethabo. A big supporter of Malema, she says he'll be president one day. She was one of the supporters outside court today! Now, I'm getting confused!

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-26 20:53

      @Jamba, only that I've never heard the DA call on a war on blacks! But, why am I even trying to explain myself to you.... Either you the see humour in it or you don't.

      raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-26 21:37

      Old white lady .....Juju's magogo ?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-09-26 22:39

      There is a huge misconception that whites hate Malema.. Think again, know some folks who agree with him and reckon with proper guidance and maturity, he can become a great leader.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-26 23:06

      You are not getting confused, you born like that!!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 23:10

      @Bheki ~ Don't get too confused. She's quite obviously a retard, lower-class, uneducated and desperately seeking attention.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-27 07:07

      @BulletProof the moron, ever so random!

  • justice.muzila - 2012-09-26 20:51

    Hahaha....... Leaders are born. If u can,t beat Juju join him b4 u develop heart attack.

      sehloho.xaba - 2012-09-26 21:11

      you mean to be a fool like him?

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-09-26 21:40

      Julius malema and JZ deserve each other. Worst 2 things to happen to our country. Will go down in history as 'the time when tne country was led by idiots'

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-26 21:00

    Funny that most criminals always find a reason why they are in trouble with the law. Some are being silenced, some were hungry, some were misinformed, some did not know, some were... However they all had three things in common - GREED!!! and the habit to lie and deceive others in an attempt to protect their image.

  • kumbulani - 2012-09-26 21:01

    Zuma messed up when he said he took a shower. Worst thing, people vote him as president. How people did ths was so funny and nw u kol him shower-head. He lost respect lng bak.Quite interesting, Malema sacrificed to die 4 shower-head during his rape trial. Nw in return Shower-head is prepared to die n make sure juju is lockd away.

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-09-26 21:10

    The struggle 4 political freedom, was met with sell outs and strong percecussion 4rm de regime under the verwoerds and bothas, nelson mandela was locked up in jail with the other fathers of the nation and some of our pastors even preached against political activism. Nw we have some of our own blacks attacking Julias and we u ask them why they say he is disrespectful they dont realy knw y. I understand white ppl here on news 24 cos majority of them dont want to be equal with blacks and some just dont want 2 be under a black gvt, and that is y they never encourage ppl to join cope or other parties. They call us stupid cos we are behind the country's future president. I prayed 2 God that Julias will always be protected by angels frm heaven frm some who wish 2 gun him down. The young will achieve the goal of a rainbow nation when whites begin 2 share economic power with us. I dont resent whites by demanding my land 4rm them

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-26 21:39

      Dude, Juju-boy said he is a used condom. Where have you ever seen a used condom becoming a president? Stop praying and wasting your time neh :)

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-26 21:43

      malema openly advocates the killing of the white man but you think its wrong for some to wish him dead. Most people will accept any government as long as the government govern the right way. malema said that he has one offence against him while others have many. Crime is crime whether it is one offence or many offences. How can you support a person for President while he is accused of committing a crime (money laundering is a crime normally committed by organised crime syndicates), owes the tax man millions, incites violence and strikes, etc? With a President like that there will be no South Africa left to govern!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 23:11

      Oh piss off!

      ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 08:37


  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-26 21:23

    One thing they have not done is silence him, in fact he is the most conspicuous person in Africa. Without Julius Malema nobody would read news24. Instead of dealing with a criminal they have really given him a platform to relaunch his political career. So he got only one charge and a quarter of the bail of the others. Smells of preferential treatment!!!

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-09-27 03:13

      Irene u are full of urself n ignorance, u hate Julias but u urself dont knw why, 2 u it is bcos he opposes a zulu president n ur tribal tendancies is anti rainbow nation

  • marius.truter - 2012-09-26 21:24

    "The Anc has become a Pig that eats it's children" in Malema's words. LMAO Don't bite the hand that feeds you Dog!!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-26 21:27

    One thing they have not done is silence him, in fact he is the most conspicuous person in Africa. Without Julius Malema nobody would read news24. Instead of dealing with a criminal they have really given him a platform to relaunch his political career. So he got only one charge and a quarter of the bail of the others. Smells of preferential treatment!!!

  • rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 21:28

    i would say they aren't trying hard enough! Now see if you can figure this one out! ...........STFU!...... You corrupted agent! You call yourself the champion of the poor! And i call you 'Robin from the hood' you were taking from the poor and giving to the rich(urself)! And now i hope you pay the price and a very dear one at that

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-26 21:28

    We mustnt forget some of whites enrich themselves through corruption. how did they get land. why do we have uneducated white mangers and supervisors in companies?

      raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-26 22:00

      As you say " Some of whites " ...yes there were corrupt people in the previous government but we have a lot of tenderpreneurs breaking laws and getting fat while doing it today and they deny it is wrong ( Have you ever seen a whitey driving a Q7 ? LOL ). Look at the whites years ago and today , there are a lot of whites going on pension , they reached positions through long service .

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 23:12

      @Charles ~ Evil? You are the devil incarnate pal. Nothing but satan's spawn.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-26 23:34

      How you can be competent to analyze and judge if you can't even spell "manager"

      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-27 06:36

      proof, english is not my language. Irene, dont try to be white while you not. wessels, we work very hard to get what we want.

      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-27 06:59

      kevin, l have never said all white were bad. raymond, you need to know that the past white gvment was worse and they were covering everything and they were suporting one percent of the population. Even today some are still part of corruption movement.

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-09-27 08:22

      nobody is immune to corruption but the problem is one: under our government corruption is very rife.

      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-27 08:39

      Paul, you are right.

      ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 08:44


      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-27 09:00

      i am saying it you can delete it again when we think about the past we get mad. when our grannies give us stories the way you have abuse them we get mad. When Malema get mad about you we are not suprised.

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-26 21:29

    We mustnt forget some of whites enrich themselves through corruption. how did they get land. why do we have uneducated white mangers and supervisors in companies?

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-09-26 21:51

      That is very true, i started working in a company as a team leader. My teacher was a black man. A man who knew more that i did about life even before i was born. He taught me more than just the trade, he taught me RESPECT. Today that man is friend who i will defend to the end of the world. Yet there are still people, black and white who climb over you if we have something they can take. Trust me when i say this. there are millions of white South Africans who would rather share a shack with a fellow worker than fight and kill a brother. I don't own land, my parents don't own land. I work for my food, my shelter and respect. Next time you pass me or someone like me in the street, greet me an ask me my story.

      charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-26 22:43

      LOUIS;we need honest ppl like you.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-26 22:52

      Oooh eh eh! The race thing again! Two wrongs does not make a right! There may have been a few induviduals who aquired land or riches through corrupt of dishonest ways, but that does not apply to all 'whites' just like it does not apply to all' blacks' today! affirmative action also help to put 'some' uneducated peoples as managers and supervisors in companies! get back to my first point....two wrongs does not make a right! I would like to see all SA citizens irrespective of race, colour, creed or religion ...enrich themselves through a sustainable industrialized economy! ( one day we will get there!)

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-09-27 03:01

      Is true Pinaar is making serious sense here

  • louis.pienaar1 - 2012-09-26 21:36

    "He Should start with the man in the mirror" - Micheal Jackson.

      ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 08:52


  • dan8472 - 2012-09-26 21:47

    He is right about a few things though (as much as it grates me to say it) - "Zuma has 700 charges against him. I only have one." Let him split the ANC vote, it makes it easier for the DA to take over...

  • smangathulani.simelani - 2012-09-26 21:51

    At least Jacob Zuma is talking some sense at the UN about security in AFRICA than that moron adressing a bunch of angry people who doesn't even know what it means to be expelled. At least Zuma has two different countries recognising him, 2 different universities but there is not even a single pre_primary school that can recognise that joke and not even a school for the handicaped. Jumping, rude and silly its not gonna bring you back, you'll always buck outside. To say the least JZ has a brain.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 23:13

      Did you notice how nobody even bothered to pitch up to hear him read his speech? What a clown!

  • smangathulani.simelani - 2012-09-26 21:51

    At least Jacob Zuma is talking some sense at the UN about security in AFRICA than that moron adressing a bunch of angry people who doesn't even know what it means to be expelled. At least Zuma has two different countries recognising him, 2 different universities but there is not even a single pre_primary school that can recognise that joke and not even a school for the handicaped. Jumping, rude and silly its not gonna bring you back, you'll always buck outside. To say the least JZ has a brain.

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-09-26 21:58

      South Africa should have done much more by now than what we have. we need a person who can represent us, we don't need to feel ashamed about being south Africans. we Must be proud. we are a proud people. we need to turn our anger of each other into a more productive solution for the whole of Africa, we need proper representation.

      boulvy.selala - 2012-09-27 00:03

      We don't need puppets which always stick to the script..We want disciplined individuals with capabilities to run a country...Who is writing all these speaches for Zuma anyway??

      tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-09-27 00:08

      A moron is a person who wrote this comment....

      phello.khiba - 2012-09-27 16:24

      we dnt care abt uk n its security,de problem is in s.a,you can call him by name,he is like mmitsa ka wha?

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-26 22:05

    How come Juju gets only one charge and R 10 000 bail ? Eish no man give him some more charges , do not discriminate !! Give him 20 years in jail then let him out after 3 months on medical parole , he is terminally ill with verbal diarrhoea , we all know he has had it for years !!

  • zulu.utanga - 2012-09-26 22:14

    South Africa was like a zoo run by a powerful gatekeeper ( de klerk). The gate keeper had servants working under him.( Mandela) One day some servants got fed with the gatekeeper and decided to oppose him. The gatekeeper used his chains to beat off the servants disloyal to him. The gatekeeper greatest fear was not the servants opposing him but the wild animals locked in the cages. The servants in their final throw of dice decided to sabotage the cages and broke open the locks. Seconds later wild animals have been set loose killing everything. The servants were finally over joyed. The wild animals have come to their rescue. Now they too can become gate keepers. Hooray The gatekeeper was gone at last. Until they realised the truth. The truth which only the gatekeeper understood. These wild animals were truly wild. And they instantly turned on everyone including those hapless servants. In the end the wild animals have assumed total control over the zoo. The story of south africa summed up in 100 words or less

      sally.lewitt - 2012-09-26 22:22

      Zoo-ma the Gate-keeper..? Lol!

  • ntsunyane.frederick - 2012-09-26 22:19

    hey boy!let the courts prove you innocent.Don't be like Zuma,your former partner.

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-09-26 22:22

    HE was never detained! He received the royal treatment! If he is guilty then he should face the rule of law he is lecturing us about. It doesnt matter how many charges are laid, if even one sticks that is good enough. I wonder if Malema forgets that he sang the same song about Zuma's 700 + charges and that it was politically motivated. Guess his previous mentor did not just teach him about corruption but included a lesson in deflecting the charges.

  • tracylee.roddick - 2012-09-26 22:47

    Well CRIKEY, I wish someone would silence this moron...You know what they say about EMPTY vessels...They make far too much noise.

  • Halidi Orama - 2012-09-26 22:58

    Malema is tryng 2 shield himslf 4rm death,evn f he dies 2dy wth Flue,he will say Zuma has killed him.

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-26 22:58

    Malema vs Boeremag in the sell. Who is the winner.

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-26 23:18

    Who is DA fooling? No matter what Juju or any other ANC members says we not losing anything to this pretending DA. The fewer coconuts and coloureds cannot make DA rule any time soon. Only through a coalition. But with who coz Cope can't take sh*t! Hardcore blacks vote for ANC today , tommorow and forever! \r\nAnd just for those whities who were being trained to hate blacks and do all sorts of things, in fact I'm lecturing vigilance to my brothers never to allow the country to go back to those old hands again!

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-27 11:06

      Masupa.tsela, you still living in the past, thats why the africans cannot make a success of anything. They keep walking backwards, too scared to walk forward and make a future for themselves. Better to blame because that makes your guilt easier to bear. Look at the black people who have done something with their lives and their families, they are living in the modern world, working together to live a happy life. They have strown off the chains and are free to roam anywhere it suits them. So, tell me why are you scared to unlock your chains or do you prefer to live in guilt because you would rather someone come and unlock them for you and give you your hearts desire. Stop blaming the past for your downfall, life is not easy, in some or other way we are all given a burden to bear, god rewards us on how we cope with our burdens. Wake up, walk out and smell the roses. If you want to hang on to the past, then go right back to your primitive era and we are seeing that more and more every day. You are not transgressing. When you have a very bad experience in life, you work your way around it, most times it makes you a better person. Get over your hate, do some good and it will bring out the love in you.

  • LoveSandi - 2012-09-26 23:25

    \only one charge\ he says, he should pay for \eating\ the tax payerz money

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-09-27 00:11

    They can try harder and harder to silence you Juju but they will never succeed. Its true that Zuma has lots of corrupt cases more than you, he's full of corruption. Phambili Juju phambili

  • joyce.maphike - 2012-09-27 04:52

    May God of mercy bring peace to our Government in Jesus Name!

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  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-27 05:47

    Trouble is Govenment will not get anything right...

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-27 06:07

    Whether or not these charges are made up, has been muddied by the fact that we are still waiting for Zuma and his arms deal gang to have their day in court. So the perception gained is that, whoever is in power, has the immunity idol (a la survivor) - so much for Rule Of Law.

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-27 07:16

    Malema must really take us for fools, where did he get these millions if he wasn't involved in corrupt money laundering activities. Of course he must answer and whether these allegations are politically motivated or not, fact remains he needs to answer.

      ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 09:07

      Were did Mandla mandela got his money,Sakie Macozoma,Cril Ramaposa the list is endless why single out JUJU?

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-27 07:23

    Fat Boy Malema is NOT going away. Zuma will go before this short, rude, uneducated fat slob. .......but don't discount his huge support.

  • leehle.mthalane - 2012-09-27 07:36

    I'm surprised that he's still alive. He's right about Zuma though. There's a lot that we don't know & it will only come out when he's no longer 'Mr President'. Zuma is involved in a lot of corruption!

  • Krishna - 2012-09-27 07:40

    Regardless as to the president of South Africa's 700 charges, are you Mr Julius Malema saying that you are innocent? whether its a single charge or 700 charges, you are guilty. And as such, you must pay for the crime,with some time! Rememeber all you blinded supporters ( its not your fault, he raises relevant issues hence the blind support ) every single cent STOLEN ( no matter how you sugar coat it, it is still stealing ) was meant for health,education and housing of our NATION, for those less fortunate. The presidents time to face the alledged charges will come ( once ousted I assume charges will be reinstated? ). Your time is now, take it like a man and face the consequences of being a "revolutionary" engulfed by the green monster.

      ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 09:13

      We must take stock everycorrupt person must face the music every single person from 1948

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2012-09-27 08:10

    I strongly condemn the remarks Julius made of the President about his academic positions etc..Although Freedom of Speech and Expression is enshrined in the Constitution: ridiculous verbal attacks, the spear paintings and Zapiro's famous shower head carton are offside and deemed political rhetoric meant to incite trouble! the consequences will yield grave results...

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-09-27 08:16

    let the courts decide julius! all those who are looting should have their day in court regardless of their stature!one down more to go.i wonder why it took so long?even those in parliament their day is coming!

  • ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-27 08:18

    three years ago it was agreed by all stake holders that all civil servants will get R1650.00 as a house allowance,what happened?Cosatu negotiators have betrayed us. lets go back and rethink is it still relevant to affiliate to Cosatu.Viva AMCU VIVA