Juju label a roaring success after arrest

2012-09-28 12:29

Cape Town - A money laundering charge against expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has invigorated a clothing line inspired by him, the Cape Argus reported on Friday.

Obakeng Ramabodu, creator of the Juju clothing line, told the newspaper he had feared Malema's isolation from the ANC would have seen his popularity dwindle but instead, had done a roaring trade when he gathered in Polokwane on Wednesday to listen to Malema's speech.

He sold 300 shirts and 90 caps in two days.

"I thought it [the label] was going to collapse, but he's back and so is the brand."

Malema was granted R10 000 bail in the Polokwane Regional Court on Wednesday, where he appeared with his business partner and co-accused Selbie Manthatha.

The shirts retail for about R300.

According to the report, Ramabodu was planning to print more shirts. He said the design would change over time to mirror Malema's success.

  • Zoolie - 2012-09-28 12:35

    His success ???? We live in a disillusioned country !!!!

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-28 12:53

      300 bucks for a ten rand t-shirt..being sold to people that cannot afford it! How do I get some profit share here?

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-28 13:03

      this immediately tells us one thing. His supporters are not only the downtrodden, he may claim to speak for them but has certainly captured the hearts of also those who are earners. Is Julius controversial, definately! Do I like his politics, some of them, do i think he has solutions for our country, no. Am I buying a shirt, hell yeah!

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-28 13:13

      whaaahahaha @Steen, thanks I needed a laugh today. Like the saying goes "there is no cure for stupidity" sorry mate, better luck next time.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 13:19

      Most popular item? Juju straight jackets. Each ANCYL needs one!

      john32 - 2012-09-28 19:43

      Malema has share in the T-shirt business also being investigated for tax evasion and money laundering- eish

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-09-28 12:39

    I wonder how his supporters can afford R300 considering that most probably loaf around awaiting the coming of "economic freedom".

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-09-28 13:09

      @Kala who told you we can’t afford?

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-28 13:19 cannot keep borrowing money from Mommy. She will die an early death from your stupidity and uselessness.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-28 13:54

      @Steen - Have you purchased any of these shirts? Look at the label - MADE IN CHINA Why... because it's cheaper there and Ramabodu can make more profit.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-09-28 14:13

      Its better that a fellow black man like Ramabodu is making profit. @Christopher I contribute close to R14000 a month on tax every month that should tell you a little bit about my finances. The last time I ask money from my parents was 2003.

      marc.klynhans - 2012-09-28 14:42

      Steen: Another BEE beneficiary.

      Berliozty123 - 2012-09-28 17:47

      @tshif are ATM bombings and cash heists tax deductible ?

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-28 17:59

      @Berliozty123- Good one -hehehehehe!

  • luke.khylen - 2012-09-28 12:43

    This idiot is not going to be around for long, he is not only destructive to the country but to himself. I don't think he will be able to handle the pace.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-28 12:44

    No big surprise. We all no the criminals in this country are held in high esteem. The upright citizens are classed as the conspirators!

      mienkie.kruger - 2012-09-29 19:54

      The bible teach us that criminals will roam the streets and the innocent will be locked up - don't most of us live behind burglar proofing and trellie doors? We have to live in a prison so that the ANC can have their holly-wood life style. People steal because they are hungry from the public; ANC steals to enrich themselves. I agree with Helen Zilla; get rid of the rubbish and start over again and rescue what we can! It is not about race; it is about integrity!

  • elsje.botha - 2012-09-28 12:50

    The Juju clothing line?! Now I have heard it all... How do they afford R300 for a shirt? Maybe Juju us fighting for the not-so-poor...

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-09-28 14:21

      He sold 300 shirts at R300. that is 90k. What a bunch of idiots! I cannot believe it! Firstly they complain about not having money, then they spend all their money on buying rubbish shirts representing the man that is screwing the country up even worse! Make sense much?

  • Bluecrest - 2012-09-28 12:51

    Maybe he should go open a Pep-Stores opposition.

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-28 14:23

      With R300 you can buy about 30 shirts at Pep

      john32 - 2012-09-28 19:46

      and with R300 you can buy alot of KFC...and you can use the shirts to wipe your hands afterwards

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-28 13:01

    I think Obakeng Ramabodu did well, after posting botox-boy's bail he still must have made over R80K gross profit?

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-28 13:03

    I wonder how much someone will pay me for a T-shirt with Julius Hanging from the roof??

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-28 13:08

    Oh my word has this country gone totally mad?

  • burningdogz - 2012-09-28 13:17

    390 sales in total a roaring success? This poor journalist has very little hope for the retail section . . .

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-28 13:20

    Hang it behind the toilet door. It is a good cure for constipation!!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-28 16:54

      Makes good @sswipe too

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-28 13:32

    Hate it or love it this man is getting too powerful and Forbes weren’t wrong in placing in the Top 10 most influential man in Africa. Funny enough the media that complain about him seem as if they can’t get enough of Malema. I’m sure he is the most covered politicians by news24, we didn’t know Malema but thanks to the media for making him big.

      heini.botes - 2012-09-28 14:14

      Whahaha, Top 10 influential men in Africa. Geez, there's some really stiff competition here isn't there dimwit! Just look what Africa look like! It's like bragging being the smartest kid in a room full of retards!

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-28 14:54

      Definately ou are not in Asia, so it says a lot about your intellect! Considering the fact that your name was not on that Top 10 list, who is the retard now?

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-28 13:51

    I believe this whole report is a lot of hogwash. Obakeng Ramabodu claims to have sold 300 shirts at R300 and everybody on this forum believes him! Think about a few things : How can Malema's supporters afford R300 for a lousy T-shirt? They are supposed to be so poor. Ramabodu claims he will be selling more shirts. I can only conclude that the present ones will have fallen apart when the trial resumes in november. Did Rama charge VAT and will he be paying tax on his profits? No I didn't think so. I just wish that people would question what they read instead of blindly accepting everything as fact.

  • heini.botes - 2012-09-28 14:10

    "He said the design would change over time to mirror Malema's success".....whahahahaha LMFPA!

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  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-28 15:23

    Making him look like a bigger moron each day lol

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-28 15:24

    Ugly pig lol thats wat that thing is.

  • kenneth.hlatshwayo - 2012-09-28 16:13

    No one was held at gunpoint to buy the shirt. I want one as well. Tired of buying capitalist labels.

      logical007 - 2012-09-29 10:05

      T shirt is made in CHINA!! value of shirt R10!!! RIP off! now with Malema mug on shirt value R0! Dont waste hard money and then beg at next street corner from whities

  • Berliozty123 - 2012-09-28 17:44

    Cash heist and ATM bombings don't count as income

  • senzo.mathebula - 2012-09-28 18:36

    At first i didn't like Juju... Reading comments on News24 and my interaction with white ppl be at school, work, mall or a bar makes me feel like Juju is most black ppl answer to racial oppression

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-29 12:44

    Roast Julius Malema. Should be a hoot.

  • mienkie.kruger - 2012-09-29 19:52

    You should have thought about using Government funds and stealing from the poor before you started your clothing range. You are not a young man and should not be a Youth Leader; we have enough criminals in our country. With no education like so many others in Government positions; you should have set an example for the youth; not interfere with Mine issues and make yourself rich with bridges falling down. You should have concentrated on educational issues; but I suppose being brought up with a gun in your hand; you were educated to make war.

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-09-30 11:25

    thumbs up for juju, he's one polititian we always read about!

  • gareth.hart.965 - 2012-09-30 12:15

    It is laughable how many individuals openly support corrupt and incompetent politicians/'leaders' in this new dispensation of our's. It tells you something about the supporters/voters of the ANC and ANCYL...Maybe they want their supporters to remain ignorant and naive...Suppose that is the 'selfless struggle' so often mentioned...Who is 'struggling' and who is 'selfless' though? These antics are antiquated!!

  • vmrali - 2012-10-04 13:19

    It's quite intriguing to notice that south Africans are making it a habit to follow unruly and undisciplined "leaders" like Malema

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