Malema threatens Nedbank

2009-10-01 14:32

Johannesburg - ANCYL leader Julius Malema on Thursday threatened to "mobilise society" against Nedbank following a decision to withdraw its sponsorship from Athletics SA (ASA).

"Let them withdraw. We'll engage them and we'll expose them for who they are. We'll tell them the truth of why they are withdrawing, and we'll mobilise the South African society to know what Nedbank is," Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

"That's what defines our struggle today - of people who are refusing to accept the transformation, to accept African leadership, to accept new development.

"Why are people - instead of celebrating and putting more money and more sponsorship - are now withdrawing? Are they sponsoring Leonard Chuene or are they sponsoring athletics in South Africa?" asked Malema.


He signalled a warning to the Yellow Pages sponsorship: "Yellow Pages, we are watching this space very closely," said Malema.

Nedbank pulled its sponsorship of the annual Matha Series races, the backbone of road running in the country.

"Nedbank’s dissatisfaction with the quality of delivery by ASA of some events in the City Marathon and Matha Series over the past years is well known and the negotiations to end the contract had commenced well before the start of the current controversy surrounding ASA," the bank said.

Malema said the ANC Youth League held a meeting with ASA president Leonard Chuene, who has been embroiled in controversy around the Caster Semenya gender saga.

Chuene apologised 10 days ago for lying about claiming that he had no knowledge of the gender tests, which were done before and after Semenya won a gold medal in the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Chuene apology

"We said to him, 'You know, we're not convinced why you had to say you apologise. For what? Apologising for protecting one of our own? Apologising to fight for this woman to participate in the World Championships?' We wouldn't have apologised if it was us. There's no apology," said Malema.

Attacks in the media have left Chuene "weak".

"Mr Chuene... you finished him," Malema told reporters.

"It is in our culture in the ANC, we always sympathise with the weakest and in this... Mr Chuene is the weakest."

No decision-making body in the ANC had decided that he must be removed from office, said Malema, adding that he would defend Chuene if the issue was raised at Monday's national working committee meeting.

"The ANC.... will never call for Chuene to step down or be dismissed," said Malema, adding that it respected the decision by ASA to retain their president.

He criticised Deputy Sport Minister Gert Oosthuizen for calling for Chuene's dismissal.

Concept of hermaphrodite

Malema also said the ANCYL would make it clear to the International Association of Athletics Federations that it should not "impose" its concept of "hermaphrodite" on South Africa.

Australian newspapers have reported that IAAF gender tests on Semenya suggested that she was a hermaphrodite.

"Hermaphrodite, what is that? Somebody tell me, what is hermaphrodite in Pedi? There's no such thing, hermaphrodite, in Pedi. So don't impose your hermaphrodite concepts on us.

"You are either a woman or a man. When a child is born you are announcing it's a baby girl or a baby boy. We have never heard in the village a child being projected, 'we are given a hermaphrodite'. There's never been such a thing in a village we come from.

"Why should we be told today our children are hermaphrodites? She's a girl and why should we accept concepts that are imposed on us by the imperialists? We will never agree to that concept. You are either a girl or a boy and that's it."

Malema later said he was not speaking in "scientific" terms but in "cultural" terms.

"This girl [Semenya] must be protected to continue to run as a girl."


Malema lamented the fact that none of the three medal winners from Berlin had been offered any sponsorships since their return home.

He said the ANCYL would double the amounts of money it was planning to give the athletes.

"For the first time, we bring three African children with medals in an African country, South Africa. Corporate is not proud about that and we are told we must not talk about that we must keep quiet.

"If we talk about it, we are perpetuating divisions in this country... [but] we'll never, never keep quiet.

"If it was somebody else [who had won medals in Berlin], they [sponsors] would have been lining up at the airport with already printed T-shirts and everything else in the name of their companies," said Malema.

"Who controls big corporates in South Africa? if you know that, then it will give you an answer why these people cannot get a proper sponsorship and that is what we must keep quiet to."

  • GreggS - 2009-10-01 14:43

    Malema is such a twit!

  • Jim - 2009-10-01 14:44

    baaa haaa haaa ha ha ha baaa haa ha. What a stupid waste of space. This guy has got to be the biggest idiot to grace the news papers.

  • stack - 2009-10-01 14:45

    I see no one has yet managed to shut this clown up ! what are the ANCYL going to give them - they havent got any money ???!!! WTF??

    I think this whole thing will get Nedbank more clients not less!

  • KOBUS - 2009-10-01 14:45

    LOL! He has completely lost the plot now. Nobody likes ASA and Liar Chuene. Nice to see this, it might make Malema lose a few of his "supporters".
    The athletes of South Africa themselves have spoken up to say that ASA is useless. Who are you going to believe?

  • Anon - 2009-10-01 14:45

    Every day I keep thinking he could not say anything more idiotic and every day, he proves me wrong.

  • Idiot - 2009-10-01 14:45

    Biggest racist of them all, and the stupidest one.
    To think some people actually listen to what this idiot has to say.

  • LOL - 2009-10-01 14:46

    Malema the people with brains run corporates, thats why you arent there....

  • Male Man - 2009-10-01 14:46

    Julius is a drol, why don't he just marry Caster and live happily after!?

  • NeilA - 2009-10-01 14:46

    i have never in my life come across such an idiot as is julius malema, there are no words to describe this fool, people like malema are the one and only reason that africa will always remain a backward dark continent, what amaizes me is that the masses will follow this idiot like a God, i have lost all respect for the ANC for letting this fool carry on the way he has over the last year, what a disgrace to the south african society this fool is!!!!!

  • Pellie Grobler - 2009-10-01 14:46

    Julius Malema, should finish his standard 5 before commenting on sponsorships. Idiot

  • KOBUS - 2009-10-01 14:48

    Also, Malema is a little bit ill-informed if he thinks that it is the first time that any "African children" (Using the term African in his sense here, to refer to dark-skinned people) have returned to SA with medals... He knows nothing, only how to turn anything and everything into a racial fight.

  • BobMabena - 2009-10-01 14:48

    OMG... once again this idiot makes the news for the wrong reasons. he truely is a TOOL!

  • JMc - 2009-10-01 14:48

    Keep on going "Julius the Chicken Puppet"!! You'll eventually bring down the ANC, not just in South Africa but worldwide. Why don't you sponsor ASA? Now that you are one of the "priveledged black leaders" in the country! Keep on going, my bru!

  • LP - 2009-10-01 14:48

    This man lives in his own little world. Do you honestly thing that anyone with a brain will follow him. Society wants nothing to do with people like him who make fools of not only himself but his political party. Why does Zuma allow this man to even speak let alone be the ANCYL President. Remove this man before he destroys this country.

  • amazed - 2009-10-01 14:48

    oh my lord what a complete idiot!! Someone please shut him up..."Malema later said he was not speaking in "scientific" terms but in "cultural" terms." wake up and smell the freaking coffee Malema this is the 21st century and facts are facts and the world doesn't give a hoot about your culture!!

  • Antz - 2009-10-01 14:49

    does he ever shut up

  • Julius the man - 2009-10-01 14:49

    You know whats the scary thing Julius is the next generation of ANC.Who does he think he is threating a bank you swear he is the president.

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  • anon - 2009-10-01 14:49

    Oh Gosh somebody shut this fool up...

  • Spoegs - 2009-10-01 14:49

    Julius - I've got an idea why doesn't one of your four companies sponsor our gold medal winners? As they say in the classics - Lead by example. (Don't know if there's Pedi equivalent or not)

  • Jones - 2009-10-01 14:50

    As it is now common knowledge, JM is a director of a number of companies - it would look good if was to sponsor, or possibly any of the BEE fat cats....

  • The Oracle - 2009-10-01 14:50

    What a racist! Screw u Mr. Malema. I wonder if your IQ are even double digits...

  • Sean Smith - 2009-10-01 14:50

    Malema = Mugabe??????? They both make stupid statements.

  • The Rob - 2009-10-01 14:50

    Malema is possibly the biggest putz in our political history. He is such a childish twerp and it amazes me how he has no qualms about demonstrating his abject stupidity. He must be a delight for the news media due to the crap that comes out of his mouth.

  • Thavha - 2009-10-01 14:50

    Well said mutavhatsindi. Sometimes you make a hell lot of sense. I am proud to be under the leadership of ANC youth league

  • Flabbergasted - 2009-10-01 14:50

    What on earth is this guy on about..... really! Mr Zuma, we all accepted you as president, and you have not dissapointed us, even if many was sceptical. Your voice has sounded out above the critism, and you are doing a fine job.......however, please shut this fool up....he is breaking down the already fragile image of the ANC.

  • Craig Campbell - 2009-10-01 14:51

    what a clown , who cares what you think the world just laughs at you as do I

  • zolani - 2009-10-01 14:51

    again this malema, proves evolution, however he should have stayed in the gene pool a bit longer

  • TheRock - 2009-10-01 14:51

    Typical Malema-isms. No need to read the rest of the article; I know what this ones about.

  • Dick - 2009-10-01 14:51

    Julius , I do not know what this means in Pedi but you really are a poor , pathetic , pillock .

  • Riaan - 2009-10-01 14:52

    Does anyone pay attention to this clown's ramblings anymore? I don't think so, I read it just for a laugh.

  • Anon - 2009-10-01 14:52

    Wow! No wonder he did so well at school.

  • Graeme - 2009-10-01 14:52

    Oh my word. Does this man actually believe his own rubbish? His arrogance is utterly astounding and the fact that he even has an opinion that can potentially make a difference in our society is a very dangerous thing indeed.

  • Frank - 2009-10-01 14:52

    Julius, julius, julius.... What is the word for gay / lesbian in Pedi? Where were you (and corporate SA) when Terence Parkin and the rest of the deaf olympic team came back. Terence also has no sponser although he has won 7 gold medals and broke 2 world records. Where were you? Why aren't you fighting for the deaf peoples rights as well? Shame on you you racist bigot.

  • tshepo - 2009-10-01 14:52

    go my chief. Yellow pages will never pull out they dont have the "balls". As for nedbank you are now scared in your boots i am sure, they people have spoken you are a racist bank and you will experience a mass exodus of customers. Viva Malema my president you are the man of the hour future president.racist companies in this country dont stand a chance we will crush you to the bone and smoke you.tshepo with an o

  • Basil - 2009-10-01 14:53

    Sadly Mr Malema is equating African leadership with lies and deceit, and does not seem to know the difference.

  • TL - 2009-10-01 14:53

    Shocking that no medal winner received sponsors. Once again we need to re-look what rewards our representatives receive after displaying their outmost effort for us. I would have thought that big corporates will be rallying giving substantial contracts to the likes of Caster

  • City Boy - 2009-10-01 14:53

    "There's never been such a thing in a village we come from"

    Ok Julius, so now please go back to the vilage you come from and stop embarassing SA with your racist drivel

  • Melanie Drodskie - 2009-10-01 14:53

    Clearly Malema has no issues in displaying his ignorance. It is time he stopped playing the race card, so that SA can become a true rainbow nation. How dare he call white people ugly!!! Our country will never prosper with someone like Malema running wild.........

  • chr - 2009-10-01 14:53

    this guy must be the result of an experiment of evolution that went horribly wrong

  • eddy - 2009-10-01 14:53

    Every time Malema opens his mouth, he just reminds everyone of his little IQ.

  • GR - 2009-10-01 14:54

    What a moron! Can't the ANC sort him out he is giving them such a bad name with his stupidity and racist comments.

  • Cliff - 2009-10-01 14:54

    Nedbank must really be quaking in their boots! This racist idiot Malema (sorry, forgot that by his definition you can only be racist if you are white) and his outbursts will only channel new business Nedbanks way!

  • Eish - 2009-10-01 14:55

    Oh sucks here comes Julius!

    Why can't somebody shut this twit up!?

  • Fat Face - 2009-10-01 14:55

    Give him a CHOMP to eat. Well done Nedbank, I support you!!!

  • AmaPaul - 2009-10-01 14:56

    Geez I like this guy.He is very entertaining. I just hope that Nedbank calls his bluff, so that we can see and understand what Mr. Malema is all about. I want him and his 5 fans to entertain us!!

  • Themba - 2009-10-01 14:56

    If Malema carries out his threat against Nedbank, then I will open an account with Nedbank and am sure many more like me will do.

  • Poverty - 2009-10-01 14:56

    Like Moeletsi Mbeki said in his book "Architects of Poverty". The white man will always get the blame and Malema is the driver of that train. Why do the ANC stick with this no brainer?

  • Chris - 2009-10-01 14:56

    I hope nobody outside South Africa reads this.

  • MArtin - 2009-10-01 14:59

    Malema is an idiot, that's the end of this story.