Malema denies anti-Zuma crusade - report

2012-08-24 11:07

Johannesburg - Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema has denied that he was on a crusade against President Jacob Zuma during the memorial service for the Lonmin Marikana shooting, it was reported on Friday.

"I can't sit back while my people are being killed and pretend as if it is not happening," Malema was quoted as saying by the Mail&Guardian.

"I have an obligation to intervene and raise the plight of those who are abused by the state. There is a political vacuum and we occupied that space," he said.

"If we failed to do that, the wrong elements would have taken that space. We took it while the [ANC] leadership was indoors speaking to themselves."

Last Thursday, a total of 34 people were killed in a shoot-out near the mine when police tried to disperse striking miners.

More than 70 people were injured. Another 10 people had by then been killed in the violent protests earlier at the mine.

During the memorial service on Thursday, Malema told mourners that the government did not do anything for the 34 slain miners in Marikana.

"Under democracy our people will be protected. But government has turned against its people," Malema said.

He accused members of government of only attending the memorial service to pose for news cameras.

The ministerial delegation walked out after Malema spoke.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 11:14

    Juliarse - The gap between your ears is a vacuum occupied with thoughts of personal pocket lining. Your miner buddies don't give a damn about their dead comrades. They all left the official memorial service to come listen to your promises of "economic freedom". Epic failure.

      barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-24 11:59

      "My People are being killed"...So you are referring to the miners, who with weapons charged the police? The poeple who beleived in a muti that would make them invincible to charge the police with intent to kill? That beleive in lawlessness? Actually makes perfect sense, i retract my shock, should have expected it.

      RiD123 - 2012-08-24 12:02

      he has the drawing wonder he passed woodwork!!!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-24 12:18

      Empty vessels make the most noise.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-24 12:23

      Malema is here for target practice

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-24 12:32

      Seriously, when is this fat tub of talking lard going to trip over his own bottom lip and fall back into the hole he came from?

      UNITY - 2012-08-24 12:48

      Neither Julius nor the Government,nor the the unions,nor Lonmins,intervened to avert the deaths of the miners. Now it appears that after a commission of enquiry, we will know by February 2012 ,what happened , why it happened, who is responsible, andd how to prevent it going forward. This article states that Julius is using the matter for political gain,and so would the ANC. So who actually is for real? And will we ever find Leadership that will take this country forward,and please don't say DA. We need much more than that. Everyone today is out for political points ..and use of politics to live a lifestyle! And be in the limelight! Julius is no exception, just another hypocrite!

      samantha.ungerer.1 - 2012-08-24 12:50

      Dearest Nhamo Dzenyika- i have read your comment two times and i cant believe that you can write Malema and Hero in the same paragraph, this to me is a shame. when i think of a hero i think of Mr Nelson Mandela, I think of Mother Teresa, I think of a man saving a child, i think of police locking up a rapist, i think of a grandmother saving her grandchildren. I not at all think of Malema, he is no Hero not even close, I am sickened by the thought of you breathing the same air as me, if he had any hope at redemption it is all lost now. I know some of you think if malema is in rule he'll have the white community running for the hills but let me tell you even if that may happen in some cases i can tell you so will investers. So what it comes down to is Mr I D I O T Malema would finally be a hero when he just shuts the hell up and dies!!!!!!! Point Made

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 12:58

      Nhamo - I bet he can't draw a conclusion.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-08-24 13:01

      Malema for President

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 13:43

      Steen, you steenk.

      cecilhstephens - 2012-08-24 14:07

      I wonder what the fat dose of F*&^ALL would have to say if this Mine had been Nationalized when the carnage happened ,who would he then blame ?

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-08-24 16:50

      . . . those miner buddies could n't have gone to a service also attended by their killers. This government has turned against its own people. We get no service from all Departments. Kala, you must be having books that were left by your grandparents. Maar this administration cannot deliver or even burn few books that they have. Burning books? Potholes for some of us in rural areas are a means to fill pockets then kill each other. PS. By the nature does not allow vacuum, then there must be something bettween those ears. That is why he was followed to "his" tent for service arranged by him. Really there must be something. . .

  • andres.dewet - 2012-08-24 11:18

    Whatever! Did you hear, the Pope just denied he was Christian?

      celtis.africana - 2012-08-24 12:35

      Tell me more please.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-24 16:58

      True. He's not Christian, he's Benedict. Previously he was known as Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-24 11:19

    JuJu yabber yaba yabber .... And the world sees straight through you !

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-24 11:26

      Straight through the political vacuum between his ears!

      Vince.York - 2012-08-24 14:00

      agreed! uguh uguh ughuh UGUH to be equally as simplistic

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-24 11:21

    Whaaahahaha, sounds like Hitler denying he wanted to conquer the whole world.

  • murray.tocker.7 - 2012-08-24 11:22


      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-24 12:30

      I hear you. Can we have a cup of coffee and move onto the next article please!

  • deonk - 2012-08-24 11:34

    and in other news Julius denies he is bald and of African descent...

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-08-24 11:36

    Of course he wasn't, he was, however, simply peddaling his own political agenda for a change; get all the ignorant and poor on his side so he will have at least a handful of support when the revolution comes... Eish, EEDYOTT!

  • mathapelo.m.matlala - 2012-08-24 11:36

    Someone pleaseeeeeeeeeee i beg you, SHUT THIS THING UP. He's even worse since he was expelled from the ANC.

      ahemsurferosa - 2012-08-24 12:13

      @mparaya.mokopane: ai, mamparra ne?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-24 12:37

      Mparaya, shouldn't you be out cleaning hubcaps?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 14:05

      Hugh, would those be all the ones he 'picked up' along the highway?

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-08-24 11:37

    Juju ur jst talk no action stopin using marikana situation as a talkshow.

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-08-24 11:37

    You know, Julius makes a great point here, he is 100% right. The only problem is WHY he has made that point. It is only to further his own archaic ideas of democracy, to fill his pockets with wealth, loot and pillage until there is nothing left, and rule from his palace with an iron fist for the rest of his life. He will be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay worse than Zuma could ever hope to be (no matter how hard Zuma practices), and one can only hope that the uneducated revolutionary masses understand this. Probably not though.

  • terry.burne - 2012-08-24 11:38

    Just a political opportunist looking to exploit a tragic situation - pity these people are so uneducated they can't see it for what it is.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 12:19

      mamparra, you don't, because you're what? A FOOL.

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-08-24 12:26

      haha mparaya.mokopane 2 comments because you failed the 1st one hahahahaha fool

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 13:55

      Hein, mamparra is a fool and doesn't realize that he can delete his own comments.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-24 11:45

    "my people" my arse

  • liane.mcgowan - 2012-08-24 11:47

    PLEASE can we stop reporting on Julius and his propoganda. What hogwash! He's blaming others for being there purely for political gain?? Look in the mirror!

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-08-24 11:48

    Why still give this moron a platform to talk, he's just manipulating the poor illiterate miners with his deciet.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-24 11:55

    Malema-you as a person of colour,should hang your head in absolute shame!!!! You spew your rhetoric about caring for the "people",attending memorials etc,sitiing their full of self importance and a glint of satisfaction in your eye,knowing full well you are using these peole to fulfill your own agenda!!!!!!!!!You have tried every way possible to get the attention of people,this played right into your hands! How do you sleep at night? Your name is incorect-it should be Judas.

  • David Steyn - 2012-08-24 11:55

    Julie Baby all you know about democracy is that it is a word in the English language and your emphasis should be on the moc part of the word.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-08-24 11:55

    And the Pope's not Roman Catholic! Pfft...

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 12:09

      And the Kennedys aren't gun shy.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-24 11:58

    What a CIRCUS...and NEW24 the RING LEADER

  • TheAccountant - 2012-08-24 12:00

    Shame, all of a sudden this is his people now. Surely he was not thinking of his people when he enriched himself. Wait boet SARS will get you still!!! Hi Mparaya you should rather be called MAMPARRA!

      zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 12:20

      frog MAMAPARA haha

      TheAccountant - 2012-08-24 12:57

      I would like to meet you but I will rather have a more intelligent conversation with a 2 year old!

  • Adrian Jéan - 2012-08-24 12:02

    Why are no media sources questioning Malema about his blatant Racism!? never mind his attacks on government! what about the racial divide his is creating!?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-26 16:10

      Because in Malema's eyes black is beautiful, white is wicked.............

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-24 12:03

    String this useless bastard up. Ill supply the rope. U guys bring the popcorn. And we'll watch him dance.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-08-24 12:11

    Who is this clown? My people? His people only work in the tender department!

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-24 12:15

      Well Funny.Filjune you are one of his people,i thought you knew all along?.

      lindiwe.zulu.9480 - 2012-08-24 12:40

      do not narrow serious country challenges to tenders. anarchy, greed, violence, abuse, deniability, divisions and all other national vexing issues are the poison in our society.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-24 12:12

    So thought you should wait until the damage has been done before you intervene? Where were you when the miners started with their joyi-toying why you didn't come then? To me you're such an opportunist who care less about anyone but yourself

  • jafta.engelbrecht - 2012-08-24 12:15

    please can all news editors etc STOP refering to Julius Malema as THE EXPELLED ANCYL LEADER he is now JULIUS MALEMA only.... no more leader expelled or otherwise...

  • mlulami.dike - 2012-08-24 12:16

    Well done Juju...We'll always support you at all times my Economic Freedom Fighter.You're really a God's Angel.Big up to you!! Amandla!!!

      TheAccountant - 2012-08-24 12:21

      Economically free??? Is that not what these poor miners is fighting for? The only things free is the media coverage of Julius, corruption and fraud! Julius never fought for economical freedom he was only fighting to fill his own pockets!

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-08-26 21:28

      GODS angel...MYARSE. You are too thick to know better. Economic Freedom ...for whom.

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 12:17

    pls mr editor can you remove mparaya (MAMAPARA) here, he is a fool, please ppl stop commenting on him

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-24 12:29

      Jsut report all his comments

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-24 14:17

      Everyone has their own opinions and should voice them if they want even if they are different from yours........Freedom of speech

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-24 12:17

    Using a memorial as a soupbox... Nothing new.

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-08-24 12:18


  • Duncan Colter - 2012-08-24 12:19

    This is great. An has-been making more enemies out of powerful people! The same people he expects to re-instate him. Evil sinks beneath it's own weight!

  • oliver.nathan.73 - 2012-08-24 12:22

    First of all, Mparaya, you are making a fool of yourself, so quiet down, as nobody likes, respects or listens to lunatics. Secondly, please give me examples of what Malema has actually done for the poor,other than pay lip service?

      zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 12:27

      @oliver: Mparanyana is an ugly fool, check his picture but make sure your screen bright is at 200% or more unless you wont see him

      oliver.nathan.73 - 2012-08-24 12:34

      A good deal of what malema has to say is legitemate. this type of grinding poverty and inequality that the majority in this country is unsustainable, nay, a ticking time bomb. it just leaves me speechless how malema supporters seem to ignore his clearly ill-gotten wealth, thus malema can only pay lip service to the legitimate concerns of the poor and working class because he is a political vulture, not a revolutionary. He is south africa's very own General Pinochet

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-24 12:23

    When someone start talking about 'my people', I leave too.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-24 12:28

    @mparaya.mokopane you need to learn more about politics before you can try and engage me on such topics

      zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 12:39

      dont even start Nhlanhla, Mparanyana is an as$ h@l fool & he will be lost when you keep talking sense, be cool Nhalnhla i'm about to kick him out

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-08-24 12:38

    The only vacuum relevant here Juli ass is the one between your ears!!!

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-24 12:42

    mparaya.mokopane i wont dignify you comment with a response so carry on idiot

      zak.cebi - 2012-08-24 12:54

      i bet everyone can stop commenting and let Mparanyama to keep commenting alone (empty brain ugly fool)

  • harold.chiloane - 2012-08-24 12:44

    This young man should just stop talking nonsense. Why isn't he speaking about the police officers who were killed, and the non-striking workers who were assaulted by the strikers? His talks are not about those people but his hidden agendas. People must stop listening his rubbish, if he doesn't consider President Zuma his President, then how can he consider himself a Proudly South African? He needs to get a life...

      Kokwana Madonoro - 2012-08-24 13:31

      Harold, I agree with u. Those 2 police officers were butchered like animals, 2 security guards were burnt inside their vehicle all by the protesters yet Mr Malema is not even saying a word about their murders. Do they deserve to die?

  • belnick - 2012-08-24 13:08

    to see this idiot's face and his company on tv news,confusing his own people,leading them to commit violence ect. makes me feel f$$ck$$n angry.fatmoney! fatboy!fatarse,you two faced son of a gun......

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-24 13:11

    Does this idiot really know what he is saying when he speaks? I'm sure he said Zuma must step down.....isn't that anti-Zuma?

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-24 13:18

      Ex-ANCYL leader Julius Malema has called for Zuma and his police minister to resign\r\nThat to me is anti-Zuma. Can't his small brain remember what he said a few days ago?

  • ardenharvey - 2012-08-24 13:14

    People..I urge you to allow Julius to continue on his parade. If he was the leadership of the ANCYL; then I ask, is the ANC doomed with this quality of future leadership? I’d lean towards saying yes. Whats great to see is that people of all races, all gender and all historical or current inequalities are viewing the ANCYL/ANC with great disdain! We need leadership that will make controversial decisions for the better of the county and its people. We need a goverment that will improve every households situation and allow every business to be successful, providing a platform for heterogeneous growth.... JULIUS MALEMA and his gang of puppets do not possess the necessary skills to run this country, let alone a corner 7/11. JULIUS and the ANC continue to undo themselves and its no longer the white minority who think like this.

  • herman.venter.14 - 2012-08-24 13:30

    Dear "The Accountant" I dont believe it is a race issue but much more of a political issue. With Mr. Malema going on this way there is really hope to split the controling party and this can only be a good thing.

      TheAccountant - 2012-08-24 18:43

      I agree with you that it is a political issue.

  • arcticencounter - 2012-08-24 13:34

    "My people"? The only thing they have in common is that they uneducated.

  • arcticencounter - 2012-08-24 13:35

    I have one question. Why is this hypocritical fool still making headlines?

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-08-26 21:36

      Worry not my friend...As soon as this enquiry is over MALEMMA will be locked up for LIFE.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-24 13:46

    malema you are such a liar! Everything coming out of your mouth smells like (). You are p'd off because you money are being "taken away" from you so you have less. Hell, everyone can see what you are trying to do. Please get out of politics completely and stop embarrasing yourself. You and who ever you choose are not going to run this country any better, because guess what, it's already F()-up! Sit down and think about it! I wonder who is really posing for the cameras? And do yourself a favour, STOP BUYING FACE BECAUSE IT IS NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE FOR YOU BUT YOUR OWN AGENDA! It makes you look WEAK!!!

  • smahlaba - 2012-08-24 13:58

    Malema islima.

  • thabo.swafo - 2012-08-24 14:11

    We don't have the president in this country.Julius Malema is controling the masses and he is only leader who can be listened by the masses.Zuma is the lame dark president who has no capacity.Zuma has fallen and finished.Malema is talking the truth of that,there is a vacuum in ANC and government.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-24 14:17

    Julius in case power suddenly scrambled your brain, that was a memorial for the poor miners who were used like a soiled piece of toilet paper and thrown down the toilet. Whoever, is responsible for their deaths has blood on their hands. These dead miners did not want to die, but they were coersed into taking up arms as there were misinfored about the real reason behind the violence. This was a day for mourning and not for trying to stir up trouble, at least you could have kept your big trap closed for once and let these people mourn. These miners have gone to an early grave, sent there by somebody who misinformed and misled them, that somebody has blood on their hands. No matter what you said or felt, it was a day of mourning, and you had no right to be disrespectful and turn it into a political slandering match. You need to learn some manners.

  • danie.kritzinger.18 - 2012-08-24 14:18

    Thabo, my Comrade Economic Freedom Fighter of the new Revolution. You are such a visionary my Comrade - ZuZu for President. Forward to Sandton homes for all, Forward to Landrover for All Forward, forward to companies that receive State Tenders Forward. We are all going to live next to our Future President in Sandton one day - FORWARD! ZuZu, my Economic Freedom Fighter - you have already liberated Limpopo! The Province with the most textbooks, infrastructure and best governance in South-Africa. ZuZu for president - FORWARD!!

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-08-24 14:27

    Was feeling the same as most of you about Malema, until I realised that he is in fact doing us all a favour. His selfish, idiotic shenanigans are exposing the rot in the ANC and dividing them. Go Malema circus!

  • queenroxy666 - 2012-08-24 14:30

    Malema, Malema, What about the two policemen who were hacked to death prior to the shooting?

  • jan.ponelat - 2012-08-24 14:53

    we need a media ban on him once and for all.

  • blessing.mancitshana - 2012-08-24 14:54

    "my people..." who lied to you that you own some people? We have better people to listen to than this crap.