Juju clothing range to be made in China

2011-12-28 12:10

Johannesburg - A clothing range inspired by suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, is expected to launch in Johannesburg in February next year, according to a report on Wednesday.

It will be made in China.

Pretoria fashion designer Obakeng Ramabodu of OB Fitted's Juju clothing range said they had initially planned to launch in Mangaung during the ANC's centenary celebrations, the Sowetan reported.

However, Ramabodu decided to unveil the range in Johannesburg in February instead because he did not want to disrespect the ANC.

"On Facebook, I have more than 850 orders of berets and T-shirts," he said speaking from China.

"In two weeks I am coming with more than 6 000 T-shirts, caps and berets featuring the Juju logo."

'Celebrating my hero'

He said the project was self-sponsored because no one wanted to support him.

"It is about celebrating my hero. I do not know why, when a white person does the 46664 apparel he is not criticised, but when a young black designer from Mabopane does a Juju range people throw a fit."

Ramabodu said he could not find a local company to make high-quality bling.

"South Africa does not have the machinery to produce high-quality clothes like China, where you get the whole package..."

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said Ramabodu was exploiting Malema's name to make a quick buck, the newspaper reported.

Malema said he did not need his blessing.

"He doesn't need my blessings. Like Blackcoffee when he released the song 'I love you Juju', he didn't get my blessing because Juju is not my name," Malema told the Sowetan.

  • Thendo - 2011-12-28 12:16

    Good bussiness sense. Even the Springbok jerseys are made in china.

      Jack - 2011-12-28 12:42

      "could not find a local company to make high-quality bling" I normally wear a T-Shirt when i'm doing the gardening or working in the garage repairing some wooden chairs, i really wouldn’t call a T-Shirt "Bling". Bling comes from Italy not China. How cheap can you get.

      Spyker - 2011-12-28 12:43

      How will the range of clothes be displayed - on a ape-hanger..?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-28 12:49

      Can I copyright Juju toiletpaper - a sure hit? Juju dartboards? Juju targets? Any other ideas?

      Humble - 2011-12-28 13:30

      always the justification!

      spookhuis - 2011-12-28 13:30

      Economic revolution. The African way, perhaps?

      Hans - 2011-12-28 13:33

      Malema is a make that just hippo.

      Anthony - 2011-12-28 15:00

      I want to make toilet paper with faces on and call it asslema paper if you will buy then give thumb up thanks

      Juan - 2011-12-28 17:38

      Juju Adult dipers

      Sharon - 2011-12-28 20:07

      Its a WONDERFUL idea! Creating jobs for the youth like he promised. Oh, my bad, did he mean the youth in China?? I hope this works better than the female condom fiasco - a word of advice, order XXXL!

      Sean - 2011-12-28 23:45

      What happend with going local , creating jobs ? Why doesn`t juju d@@s endorse the clothing and let locals make it ? Once again proves all these liberal South Africans , including Obakeng Ramabodu are a bunch of ............... !!! No wonder Africa is a f>>> up !

      Tony - 2011-12-29 06:42

      Yeah great business sense - Clothing and textile workers have had the greatest job losses since the ANC came to power - But who cares hey

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:34

      How about a Juju set pill? Imagine the add: Are you constipated? Get a Juju! Juju for the real sh*t experience!

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-29 09:09

      is the juju logo a picture of a donkey with the wording "assh0le of the month"?

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-29 18:07

      'Made in China' so the clothes will be too small, badly made and come apart after being put out to dry...much like him.

      John - 2011-12-29 21:54

      Boycott and Sanction Juju and China.

      John - 2011-12-29 21:55

      Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Boicott China, boicott! Viva the People of China, viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Welcome chinese ships, full of scrap goods and rats, with New Year's Eve fireworks and rockets!

      John - 2011-12-29 21:56

      We have to support the Chinese People against the Oppression, Exploitation, and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Also we have to support Tibet and Xinjiang against the Occupation, Tirany, Oppression, Exploitation and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese settles, policemen, troops must leave. Tibet for Tibet! Xinjiang for Xinjiang! We have to be militant against the Chinese Communist Party, Ban it, Sanction it, Boycott it. And the government too. Welcome chinese ships, full of scrap goods and rats, with New Year's Eve fireworks and rockets!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-12-28 12:22

    I'd buy it, to use it as floor cloths, or perhaps to wipe my dog's butt. Sies man!

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2011-12-28 12:44

      I'd buy boxers with his face at the back, to sit and fart on the whole day

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 16:57

      I also want a Le K*K Sportif pair of boxers

  • matthew.healing - 2011-12-28 12:29

    Tjatjarag Clothing: for that special kind of guy that wants to look like a do*s all year long.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-28 12:30

    LMAO..high quality..and comparing Nelson Mandela's struggle to a fat bald stinking rich THAT is an insult to Mr Mandela!! a tool

  • Andre - 2011-12-28 12:32

    "South Africa does not have the machinery to produce high-quality clothes like China, where you get the whole package..."????? We always used to. We had world standard quality. But that is all ruined. Now everything is "Made in Chine", by child labour, with inferior material. Most of the time poisonous chemicals.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-28 12:33

    So much for "PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN" but then again juju is a big fake too!

  • Kate - 2011-12-28 12:40

    That's right support the Chinese while your youth are unemployed. Typical Maaifoedies. Would expect nothing less!!!

      Sean - 2011-12-28 23:47

      And then they ``kamstig`` support the poor South African , nothing but a bunch d.... ( boxes in afrikaans )

  • Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2011-12-28 12:40

    Hahaha playing the race card. If your hero is a racist with pending criminal charges, you deserve the slack you get

  • Andy - 2011-12-28 12:42

    If Mr Price can do it, why not our precious little capitalist.

      Deeteem - 2011-12-28 12:50

      Woolies does it too !!!

      Hans - 2011-12-28 13:32

      But Mr. Price does not go around telling everyone how they will create jobs for the poor. This guy is doing just that by taking his business outside South Africa.

      Maramakwe - 2012-01-07 15:48

      After reading this comments i turned my Dell(USA firm) laptop upside down and oops, i found a sticker "made in China"...i rest my case...

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2011-12-28 12:44

    Do the shirts have tails?

      Kate - 2011-12-28 14:11

      Long fingers too

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 15:14

      each t-shirt comes with a batman mask.

      Kate - 2011-12-28 15:24

      Washing label. Do not wash or dry clean. DROWN!!

  • hc12345 - 2011-12-28 12:55

    Did you see the sox he was wearing on Carte Blanche...

  • Warwick - 2011-12-28 13:00

    Thjis proves we are becoming Chinas bitches, while COSATU and the cANCer youth league cry about unemployment, they quite happily send their business to China. Why not start a factory and provide training and skills so you can uplift, empower and enrich the locals you claim to care so much about. Lying scum.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-28 13:02

    Not that I ever would have bought anything with the Fatboy's name on it, but I call for a mass boycott of this silly clothing range. Your money will only go to line the pocket - capitalist style to be spent on Johhny Walker - of a man who sees Fatboy as his hero. No thanks, sies.

  • Sandra - 2011-12-28 13:09

    Just shows how CHEAP the man is ..... why doesn't he move to China as well.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-29 09:20

      Yes move to China and speak as much rubbish as he wants cos no one there will understand him.

  • Arvin - 2011-12-28 13:11

    Give us some news not crap about crap.

  • justin.pretorius - 2011-12-28 13:11

    "South Africa does not have the machinery to produce high-quality clothes like China, where you get the whole package..." Mmmm.....these are the same people who wanted to force companies in SA to buy locally!! HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK WE ARE AFRO-NAZIS?

      Juan - 2011-12-28 17:44

      China is well know for producing crap very cheaply. Fat boy wants to maximise his profits and rip off his stupid supporters by selling them disposable clothing at a premium price. Kinda like fit the general malema image, crap, crap and more crap

      Jannie - 2011-12-29 10:02

      well said

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 13:13

    So far for empowering locals and creating jobs ANCYL....

      Humble - 2011-12-28 13:33

      just goes to show he gives a rats ass about supporting his brothers in the "struggal". He's a racist pig masquerading under the freedom fighter headline!

  • Comrade - 2011-12-28 13:20

    L M F A O !!!!!!! MADE IN CHINA! .... Whahahahahahaha

  • john.ncala - 2011-12-28 13:21

    but why it's made china ,it could have created jobs here ?

      Humble - 2011-12-28 13:33

      he couldnt care less about South Africa! It is & always has been about his own back pocket

  • Larry - 2011-12-28 13:30

    Why not? Juju himself could have been made in China.

  • Humble - 2011-12-28 13:30

    Nice - isnt he all about the "South African economy"? Support local & all that crap? & LOL!!! "Fitted's Juju clothing range" Fitted?? hahahaha!

      mholthuysen - 2011-12-28 14:15

      Yes the march to Pretoria comes to mind - shows once again what a two faced self important little twat this idiot is - agreed - all about the own back pocket. We have enough clothing factories in Ladysmith and Qwa Qwa who could have made the same...

  • braamc - 2011-12-28 13:32

    Hahaha, I want a pair of Juliass pants with his face printed on the back, makes farting even more enjoyable

  • spookhuis - 2011-12-28 13:34

    And you wonder why white people in Africa shake our heads and laugh.....

  • Irene - 2011-12-28 13:35

    What will COSATU say about this? I thought he wanted to help his delinquent brothers march to economic freedom. The fatboy speaks with forked tongue (like the rest of them) or he would have let the local market make his offensive clothing.

  • RSole - 2011-12-28 13:35

    He realy needs to set he sights higher when choosing a "Hero"

      Grant - 2011-12-28 18:50

      No, his sights are set just right. Just gotta pull that trigger now... :)

  • Bornlucky Manaswe - 2011-12-28 13:49

    I don't understand if people here are hating on malema, this designer or china. Will people be happy if say the whole thing was to be manufactured in Italy with someone lovable as an inspiration for the clothes? Most of us here don't debate what should be debated but some small issues. The big issue here I don't like is that instead of those clothes being made in our country, is happening in the foreign land while we have a problem of unemployment and this is where this guy is not getting my support and this goes to every entrepreneur that runs to a foreign land for something that can be done locally. Is krap to give an excuse that we don't have machinery needed, that's an insult for a country like us.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-28 14:00

      Yes I agree Bornlucky. But compare your post to some of the stuff written here and then you start wondering who has class. Your comment portrays an intelligent reaction to a very real issue without lowering yourself and becoming a racial hooligan.

      Shirley - 2011-12-28 14:09

      and your point?

      ubhejane - 2011-12-28 14:40

      @Shirley. Who are you speaking to Shirley? What point do you want to get, mine, Bornlucky's or are you just being confrontational?

      Beetroot - 2011-12-28 14:52

      @ubhejane - Hallo seestah!

  • Guy - 2011-12-28 13:53

    This article reads like it belongs on

      Grant - 2011-12-28 18:57

  • Hermann - 2011-12-28 14:33

    Please, please, Juju is only doing what he sees as right - he is creating employment in China. The only thing he wants here is support, not improvement in job creation.

  • Mehluli - 2011-12-28 14:48

    Am missing the point,economic freedom in our life time.How are we going to achieve it if we outsource everything including manufacturing.Not a good idea given the fact that we have 30% unemployment rate in the country.

  • Nick - 2011-12-28 14:59

    Now I wonder what sizes they will come in ..... Small tent ..... medium tent .... large tent etc .... :)

      Grant - 2011-12-28 18:58

      Styles too... Round and Oval

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-27 08:28

      You forgot Circus Tent

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-28 15:28

    "South Africa does not have the machinery to produce high-quality clothes like China, where you get the whole package..." Why not? We have textile workers who are unemployed. Why isn't there investment in the SA Clothing Industry? We need to be buying "Proudly South African" and giving jobs to South Africans.

      Grant - 2011-12-28 18:59

      Just so you know - "proudly South Africa" does nor necessarily mean "made in South Africa".

  • Thabo - 2011-12-28 15:48

    So long as the ANCYL has got no problem with designer,is ok,we will buy them,but it must be something to respect our YL presidet.

      Anthony - 2011-12-28 16:01

      will you buy my toilet paper i will put his face on it for you for free yes FREE and if you buy two i will.........

      Cedric Cide-monie Kgatla - 2011-12-28 18:07

      This is just to disrespect anc....

      Cedric Cide-monie Kgatla - 2011-12-28 18:08

      This is just to disrespect anc....

  • Dirk - 2011-12-28 16:07

    If he had it made in SA, he would have created work opportunities... Typical...

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-28 16:28

    On Obakeng Ramabodu's Facebook page I found this poster: Yet he overlooks South Africans for jobs and uses Chinese instead.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-28 16:46

      I have sent him the following message on his facebook page: "You have the following poster in your photo album yet you choose to rather invest in Chinese workers to manufacture your design clothing rather than South Africans who are out of work! I am Proudly South African and I buy Proudly South African!"

      nspaynter - 2011-12-28 16:51

      What does Mr. Malema say about this brand of "economic freedom"?

      nspaynter - 2011-12-28 16:57

      Another message I sent to Mr. Ramabodu "Can I throw out a challenge to you? You are a designer. IN this particular case it makes economic sense to source from China. Why don't you also look for ways of using the profits you are going to make in creating clothing and other job opportunities here in SA?"

      Tony - 2011-12-29 06:46

      GOOD !! And I agree 100% with you!! I cant believe how we - as South Africans complain about poverty but create employment in China? How screwed up is this nation??

  • Nkululeko Coobra Gwadiso - 2011-12-28 17:04

    Ram whatever can't compare 46664 to juju logo irrespective of who came with 46664 under any circumstances our hate of white pple must not cloud our judgement

      Nkululeko Coobra Gwadiso - 2011-12-28 17:08

      Ramabodu u jst an opportunist lyk ur hero....

      hein.huyser - 2011-12-29 07:34

      Sorry, too late for that

  • Alva - 2011-12-28 17:25

    Made in China and not creating employment for locals? Hope in flops! Who would want to wear such a crap brand anyway!

  • Cedric Cide-monie Kgatla - 2011-12-28 18:12

    This is the reason nationalisation of mine was rubish talk....! This ppl only think 4 themselves not for yourth...they alway look 4 corners to make quik cash...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-28 18:22

    Go for it! And good luck on your venture, if Woolworths and all the rest of these retailers can source their products in China then so can you. I think that some people are just jealous that they did not think of the idea. I am sure that it will be a great success, even though I don't think that I will buy any clothes to wear myself, maybe someday I might buy some shares, if I can afford to. You seem to be doing fantastic already with all this free publicity, and remember any publicity can be good publicity. Viva JUJU Clothing, proudly South African........maybe it will become as famous as the CHE' T-Shirts.

      Tony - 2011-12-29 06:49

      Sure Glen - good luck to this guy - Lets screw up the economy and create unemployed who then become thieves - yeah sure - and then taxes go up for you and I - Glen - surely you cannot be so economically illiterate boet?

      Jerhone - 2011-12-29 09:14

      he's just brain cell starved, no one is happy that the big stores are also buying chineese goods we should bocott all goods that remove jobs from our shores, especially inferior chineese goods

      glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-29 10:53

      Answer to the comments. Yeah sure, the fact remains that when the big retailers do it we say nothing, that is because many well to do have shares in these companies and find that cutting out the work force in South Africa, makes for quicker profit. Yes, Tony, many are unhappy especially now that the clothing industry is completely down the tubes and we now realize that we are paying more for the cheap imported scrappy rags from China than for high quality clothes we were manufacturing ourselves a few years back. The reality is that the damage is already done and it is not going to change in the short term; the problem most of the readers here are finding, is that one of our black-boeties have figured out how to do the same thing and now people want to comment in a derogative way, and as much as we are all unhappy about the loss of our local production ability, how can we not wish the guy luck. At least he is getting himself out of the general apathetic rhetoric of instant self entitlement and doing something for himself by himself. Something that many of our white-boeties still need to learn. So it might not be perfect for us all, but maybe for the guy doing it, it is better. And as South African's lets stop dragging down others who attempt to make a go of it and let us just wish them luck, maybe this guy will eventually make enough money from his imports to enable him to open his own factory here one day, seeing that the banks are not lending.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-28 19:01

    At Drakenstein Correctional Centre they have a clothing factory where prisoners are trained in making clothing. What is the point in giving them skills that they will not be able to use when they are released.

  • Thando - 2011-12-28 20:04

    Shows you how much these pigs really care - its all about making money to them. They don't care about the people.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-28 20:35

    It's stories like this that make me wonder if there is a future for South Africa. We have so much potential. We are running after dreams of nationalization and land re-distribution and there is no interest in investing in South Africans. Is our country really doomed? We whites can move out and make our fortunes elsewhere, not so with black South Africans. Zimbabweans and other Africans have fled to SA. Once SA falls, there is nowhere else to go.

      zipho.sidumo - 2011-12-29 09:59

      I am a black South African and I can make money in any country that has a market for unique clothing. I had the same opportunities and education as my white peers. We are not doomed, we just need to find a way to completely understand eachother because we are different so therefore have different needs. We need to stop using Western ways to resolve African issues. We need to evolve African ways to be as successfull as the West. Let African take pride in themselves and learn to apply themselves so we can all live easier lives. People commit crime because they are poor and hungry, imagine if the wealth was redistributed to wise, wholesome, intelligent Africans such as myself. We could make South Africa great for everone. The ghetto or township is a product of apartheid, those people are rough and hard because they had to be to survive.

  • Alexis2719 - 2011-12-28 20:40

    Nationalize the Juda jersey!!

  • Barry - 2011-12-29 02:02

    why, when a white person does the 46664 apparel he is not criticised, but when a young black designer from Mabopane does a Juju range people throw a fit." --- Maybe it is because of the cause behind it...just maybe...

      Tony - 2011-12-29 08:31

      Ah lets see- Mandela espoused love, unity and equality for all Ju Ju promotes division, hatred and natinalization So what was your point?

  • yolande.vanzyl - 2011-12-29 06:00

    What hero is he and to whom . Nobody wanted to help i wonder why its not excactly cutting edge fashion berets and t shirts . But i suppose some unemployed youth will find a way to buy these high end garments at inflated prizes after all it was made in china

  • zoederrin - 2011-12-29 06:16

    The only reason that they are making the clothing in China is so that no one here can burn down the factory. Who is going to wear JuJu clothing ? He is an insult to the human race and doesn't give 10 S*%TS about job creation in SA, just lining his own pockets. How are we supposed to be "Proudly South African" when people like him have influence on our youth ?

  • godesha - 2011-12-29 06:28

    I won't even buy his t-shirt to wash my car with.

  • hein.huyser - 2011-12-29 07:38

    Beret's and T-shirts are so copy-cat. Can't the Juju-clan not come up with something original of their own.

      David - 2011-12-29 08:39

      Like a shower head beanie?

  • Irvin - 2011-12-29 08:05

    ..why take away business to china only to be expensive for the consumers. make them local to create employment and cheaper to buy

  • maniza.ahoua - 2011-12-29 08:08

    i wouldn't be caught wearing malema clothing, the guy must not compare 46664 of mandela with this idoit, who is malema

  • jan.roodt1 - 2011-12-29 08:20

    Of course they are going to create jobs in South Africa, who do you think is going to sell this? Street vendors of course!!! Don't think anybody else will touch it.