Military on high alert

2012-09-12 08:52

Johannesburg - Military bases have been placed on high alert following news that Julius Malema is expected to meet with soldiers at a base south of Johannesburg, a report said on Wednesday.

According to the The Times, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula issued a strongly worded statement which said, in part, that ill-discipline in the military was a direct threat to the country's security.

Malema's planned address has been slammed by the department as incitement.

Top security intelligence briefings, involving several government ministers, were held on Tuesday night, the report stated.

Suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement: "The address is as a result of requests sent by the armed forces to Malema to come and listen to their cries and demands."

"For a considerable amount of time now, South Africa's important component of its defence force has been marginalised and threatened with dismissal whenever they raised concerns about conditions of work."

Directives issued to base commanders

But defence ministry spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said all bases had been placed on "high alert" and directives were issued to base commanders and “certain steps are being taken”.

Mapisa-Nqakula is quoted as saying that with the SANDF being “the last line of defence of the sovereignty of the country”, the government cannot allow “anyone to play political football with this institution”.

The minister said any attempt to destabilise the military would be regarded as anti-South African and counter-revolutionary at the highest level.

She called on all members of the SANDF and the public to distance themselves from Malema’s actions.

Mapisa-Nqakula also said disciplinary action will be taken against any soldiers who participate in the meeting with Malema.

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-09-12 08:59

    how the hell can they let this idiot onto a military base? all that the anc and jz 'showerhead' zooma do is sit-back and watch! remind me of nero and rome...ffs! somebody do something about this upstart!

      ed.gutsche - 2012-09-12 09:13

      why, why, would any thinking person want to invest in this country? why should i want to continue putting money into this economy and employing people when it is clear that it is not appreciated or wanted by the average black? sorry to say, but these cretins have cast the dice for me, my money will now go into east africa where peoplke are willing to work for a living and willing to do for themselves, instead of continuously demanding! have fun with the ashes of a country juju...and maybe one day, your followers, like at aurora mines, cannot eat rusted mine equipment.

      heathway.master - 2012-09-12 09:13

      They should rather let Malema go ahead with his plans, then immediately arrest him for threatening national security, and counter revolutionary activities. He could also be charged for treason in trying to destabilise the Government of the day. I am sure a life sentence would be the judgement finally issued. End of this prick, once and for all. This of course would be the sentence in a civilised country, not a Banana Republic in the making.

      kaceejade.nell - 2012-09-12 09:47

      Sad thing ED, just like Zimbabwe when they ended up taking everything and then when there was nothing left to take let to go to ruins, they will still think they are ahead when they have hit rock bottom. And idiots will still vote for them.

      Squeegee - 2012-09-12 09:48


      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-09-12 09:55

      Fully agree - if the military opens the gate for Malema, it will be VERY clear of the kinda power this guy really has!! Let's see what happens....

      heathway.master - 2012-09-12 10:01

      If these comments are correct, how can I as a SA Citizen any longer have the slightest respect for the ANC Government or its puppet leader. Imagine putting the countries military on high alert for a moron with the thinking capacity of a dead sheep. In the old days when a country had a leader at the top, the moment Malema set one foot on any military base in the country, he would summarily get 6 bullets into that skull of his. Full metal jacket of course, to penetrate that thick head of course. His body would then be left where it fell, for his family to dispose off. The present Government becomes the laughing stock of the world more each day. Loyal ANC supporters, keep putting your tick in the right place each elections however. I must admit the truth can certainly hurt and be hard to come to terms with.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-09-12 10:17

      Really!? What possible reason is there how this oxygen thief is given permission to get onto a military base and address SANDF troops in the first place!? In what universe can a civilian just pitch up at a military base and address military personnel!? Banana anyone?

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-12 19:25

      My comments re Sedition on this article deleted by News 24...Is this because they realise they are complicit to the fact of sedition ?

  • philani.goba - 2012-09-12 08:59

    you fed this its gonna chow YOU!!!!

  • jane.warrington2 - 2012-09-12 08:59

    It's so simple. Arrest Malema for sedition and incitement or treason or whatever. He cannot be allowed to carry on destabilizing the country. Zuma is spineless - someone else in authority must foot his foot down and stop this Malema nonsense right now.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-12 09:00

    What bloody idiot is even allowing this creature onto a military base? I would have just denied him access.

      christo.stone - 2012-09-12 09:13

      I was wondering the same thing. I mean...he is a nobody. He has no official business with the SANDF at all.

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-09-12 10:14

      Letting Malema onto the base is were it all starts!! So gov has a very simple choice to make here. If they open the gate for him, then its gov fault for letitng him onto the premises.

  • camp.j - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Given the tools, this guy will bring our country to the brink of civil war. Government should have reacted weeks, if not months ago, to stop this villain. Talk about treason!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Zuma...wake up you retard! Do something about this little rat NOW!

      frederick.frier - 2012-09-12 09:24

      He hasn't got the balls, useless piece of trash.

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Come JuJu, show us how brave you are and spew your rhetoric in the face of certain imprisonment. 50 bucks says you don't have the balls and this is a non starter.

  • justice.league.9469 - 2012-09-12 09:01

    He is busy with a coup! Should be jailed for treason

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-09-12 09:41

      Just like Mandela was.

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Here is TROUBLE!!! Big trouble!

  • my10cent - 2012-09-12 09:02

    Only a question of time before this idiot screws up this country completely - we look like fools in the eyes of the rest of the world. Derby Lewis should have waited a little longer and taken this idiot out!!!

      torstein.riiber - 2012-09-12 09:09

      not "like fools" as I see it, but feeling very sad for all the good people of SA.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 10:40

      The rest of the world doesnt give a f@rt about what is happening in SA, especially the ones who had forced National government to relinquish the power. Those hypocrites are very fast to forget their own mistakes and pretend it has never happened. "Its not me!", just like their protegees.

  • fred.murgatroyd - 2012-09-12 09:03

    When Zuma unleashed his puppet on Mbeki I don't think he realised it could take on a life of its own, never mind turn on him. When the toothpaste is out of the tube you can't put it back, so it will be interesting to see what Zuma and his cronies are going to do about this little upstart who seems to be intent on taking over the country and destroying it. Maybe a little "accident" waiting in the wings, or maybe the sensible action would be to charge him with treason.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-12 19:22

      Probably have yet another expensive 'commision of inquiry' and, in the end, do nothing.... typical of our present goverment

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-09-12 09:04

    Someone please stop him. He has the potential to destroy SA.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-09-12 09:13

      too late.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-12 10:13

      we have been warning people about Malema, but we were ignored and called racists.... Now can people see why we were b*tching about him!!!!

      marcanthonytaylor - 2012-09-12 22:32

      Sean please boet, the last thing the country needs is another image of zuma's balls let along one of Malema groping them.

  • jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-12 09:04

    What annoyes me is that no case is being opened against Julius. He destabilises the mining sector which is the bread and butter in this country. He incites violence. Now off to the armed forces which should be seen as high treason. Can you imagine they strike and the police is called in. We will have a war. How come can Julius do this vs the boeremag. Different approach same concequenses

  • nils.vonahlften - 2012-09-12 09:05

    make that fat pig do some pt!

      iceman196 - 2012-09-12 09:12

      saamwerk koppie but its not hot enough

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-12 09:29

      @ Ian. Good ol times, only a few will remember

  • nkanyiso.dube - 2012-09-12 09:05

    this idiot is slowly but surely destabilising S.A,someone must put an end to this

      ed.gutsche - 2012-09-12 09:15

      he is also destroying the seeds of reconciliation that madiba, mhlaba, sisulu etc much less racial harmony is there today than 10 years ago? there is less harmony than after the boks won the world cup in 1995...

      christina.setloboko - 2012-09-12 09:17

      couldn't agree with you more, what makes me wonder is that those people at the govnmt are doing nothing about it, he stirs anger, violence, have and everything in between, why is malema addressing people when he is nobody, if it was in another country he would have been jailed by now, we cannot be intimidated by this empty headed thing, how far must he go before they put a stop to him, enough is enough, petition anyone? - just a thought, surely we as a nation cannot sit and do nothing.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-12 09:21

      It's a simple invite, those who invited him should be called to order, not him as he's only a visitor

      nads.delange - 2012-09-12 09:55

      Joe, honestly, you really truly believe that he has absolutely NO motive to be there, that he is an innocent bystander? No chance, sorry, he's guilty as all hell! He has been preaching about making the mines ungovernable, making the Western Cape ungovernable, he's obviously on a mission to create anarchy in our country. What better way to do that than get into the minds of our defense force? Well, in most countries that would not be allowed, and he would most probably be jailed for sedition and treason. Unfortunately, TIA.

      danielle.vlok - 2012-09-12 10:09

      @ Christina, I was just thinking the same thing? Is there nothing we as a nation can do to stop this guy? Obviously Government has no intention of taking the initiative by themselves?!

  • karenadawkins - 2012-09-12 09:05

    always said kicking him out of the anc is just the beginning all tyrants begin this way- GOD Save our Country before its too late

      vincent.v.sambo - 2012-09-12 09:25

      One of the political analysts by the surname “Friedman” predicted this. He warned the ANC about expelling Malema......................he told them that if they expel him he will shout from another roof in a more destructive manner

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-09-12 09:09

    He should be held for treason. He is making this country ungovernable and should be arrested. It is pathetic that he is been given so much freedom to do all this and yet he is ment to be expelled. Why is the ANC not doing anything to stop him???

      nads.delange - 2012-09-12 09:56

      Because he has dirt on all of them?

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-12 09:09


  • knightzor121 - 2012-09-12 09:09

    Surely this person is committing nothing short of treason?

  • oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-12 09:10

    Fatboy will think nothing of jump starting a civil war in this country just for his own personal greed.

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-12 09:10

    Our army is a laugh and Juju should be arrested and imprisoned for incitement. Our government is a shocking disgrace.

      carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-09-12 12:13

      Yes, an absolute shocking disgrace !!! I'm ashamed to live here from that point of view. It's a friggen failure ......

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-12 09:10

    Everyone is too pissy or too poor to have him killed.

      abrammothothi.mamabolo - 2012-09-13 09:03

      Not everybody,imperialist want him dead,malema is our president you like it or not,why the minister worried about them because she fired them and they have rights to speak to anyone they trust like malema.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-09-12 09:11

    Why is he permitted access to the workers and the troops? He has been expelled and as such does not even hold a portfolio. He is a known troublemaker and will only sow dissension. Is government so pathetic that they cannot make any rules, nor make a stand in this regard? Malema is being investigated by official bodies because of shady dealings - why has nothing come to light - why has he not been taken into custody? He should be in jail.

  • selven.pillay.900 - 2012-09-12 09:12

    I blame the SA government for allowing Juliass to do what he is doing .Why is the government scared of a nothing thats what he is a nothing.The government allowed and is still allowing him to disrupt SA more than it is already disrupted.I forsee a war between nobody else but black agaist black fighting for power and eventually the country will become like zimbabwe cause we have a bunch of incompitent bafoons running it

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-12 09:12

    Clap clap clap! Bravo SANDF for the right and courageous decision.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 09:14

    Malema is aiming to become a martyr, it is bordering on treason. We won't mind if he goes to prison for 27 years, maybe he will learn something.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-12 09:29

      He did say he wants to follow in Madiba's shoes. So lets start with the jail sentence.

  • oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 09:15

    Now juli-ass think South Africa is a jungle were rebels are welcome.cremate him.

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-09-12 09:15

    Its a Micky Mouse army. How on earth do you unionise the army of all the state organs let alone allow a Jonny to enter a military camp to address trained soldiers. Where is the Commander-in-Chief in all this. Plz take time to learn fm the best Armies in the world how discipline is mantained in the army.

      jomar.delange - 2012-09-12 10:07

      Couldn't have said it better. Our government is like a tired old granny who has given up trying to discipline, preferring to just, sit down and close her eyes and think of the past while the kids run around trashing the house.

  • abdullah.abdullah.31105 - 2012-09-12 09:16

    Julius has become a counter-revolutionary! I never thought the day would come!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-12 09:16

    At what point will this weak Government wake up and arrest Malema for being a threat to the national security of this country? He should be tried for treason and be locked up permanently. And his clones also.

      Neshvile83 - 2012-09-12 09:22

      arrest malema 4 wat u idiot,malema he's our Mandela u c'nt touch hm

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-12 09:32

      Malema is not worthy of polishing Madiba's boots. Madiba created unity, Malema creates devide wherever he goes. He even did it within his OWN party. There are none so blind as those who do not want to see...

      samantha.ungerer.1 - 2012-09-12 09:35

      Neshvile, please never ever in your life use Malema and Mandela in the same sentence, dont even try to compare him to Mandela, Mr Mandela doesnt deserve to be taken so low, the father of the rainbow nation will never ever be an example for that man, I think i just threw up in my mouth reading your comment again - 2012-09-12 09:49

      kobus, doubt they ever will .. but perhaps when civil war breaks out ..

      marcanthonytaylor - 2012-09-12 22:36

      Nesh, you E V E R insult Madiba like that again......

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-12 09:18

    zuma has got no balls to face this guy as he is scared comes december that malaema will make sure he does not become president again.

  • mphotokornel - 2012-09-12 09:20

    I am highly disgustd aswel by the fact dat there is no even a hint of wat wil happen bwt the grievances of these 'highest sovereign' protectors of SA,their demands shud nt b limitd to descipline,they do the most tough and dangerous work nd yet wat they recieve at the end of the month is so little.descipline wil nt bring food to their table.forward workers rights forward

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-12 09:36

      What have they done that are so tough and dangerous? Please, I'd love to know. You and I face more dangerous situations with the criminals out there. And please, where have you ever seen an army in the world that is worth its salt when there are no discipline? If you cannot stand the heat, step away from the fire. - 2012-09-12 09:50

      no one has rights to just get .. hard work, discipline, self respect, education etc etc .. that is what brings honour and food on the table .. some pride and dignity is what it is about.

      jomar.delange - 2012-09-12 10:10

      @mpho - No successful nation on the planet has ever been built on that attitude of entitlement.

  • gladness.mashaba.33 - 2012-09-12 09:20

    If he comes 2 ma base I wil shoot him bcs he wil be tresspasing n the problem wil b solved

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-12 09:24

      But Mashaba did you invite him? Didn't think so... So relax as he will not come to your base

      01mido - 2012-09-12 10:54

      only if you even have balls to do that facebook soldier

  • Jacques - 2012-09-12 09:21

    '...and in a monarch's voice cry 'havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war...'

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-09-12 09:21

    Sh_t always bound to hit the fan whenever politicians take their agendas to the armed forces! Someone better stop this nitwit.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-12 09:21

    Our government is losing its grip to power. The mining revolution is gaining momentum, the whites resisting change, police shooting randomly at protesters, now most important aspect of the state security DEFENSE is listening to a nobody because the somebodies are becoming fatter and fatter and doing very little for the country. The lawlessness is surely and slowly destabilizing the country. Zimbabwe is fast approaching.

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-13 21:40

      You should be our next president, not malema. Any day. What the hell are people hailing malema as a president for? he's a complete fool. Why can't we just have someone with brains in the highest position so that the right decisions can be made, rather than decisions based on greed? Baffles my mind, really.

  • john.bollie - 2012-09-12 09:22

    Malema holds goverment AND the ANC by the balls and they are to scared to do something to stop him. - 2012-09-12 09:52

      john, he is probably part of their chaotic plan .. it is all just a show .. he is right in their pockets ..

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-09-12 10:01

      He knows their agendas and their plans as he was in the circle and thats why he is not affraid of addressings these rallies.He has many secrets of zuma as they were close allies , and use to strategise jointly.So be aware of the Tsunami thats approaching afrter the tremor in Lonmin.Please dont ignore my comment you surfer will one day but a fella has written these things that are prevailling today.

  • maarten.vandevijver.3 - 2012-09-12 09:22

    Lets hope the keys to the weapons bunker and vechicles go missing. last you need is troops tearing around in Ratels........protesting and firing rounds off in the air.

  • corlieels.mynhardt - 2012-09-12 09:23

    The government is obviously more into changing streetnames than the safety of the people. If going on like this, it will be for nothing, jj is going to change it again.....if you don't stop him NOW!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-12 09:23

    "the last line of defence of the sovereignty of the country”, the government cannot allow “anyone to play political football with this institution." An Oxymoron if ever there was. The Army with a Union that goes on strike? Burning police vehicles? I cannot see them defending an attack by a wet paper-bag, never mind defending our sovereignty. As previously said, (and cleverly deleted by N24), a weak army and a strong police force (politically and other wise in government's pocket), has never done any poliburo harm. The KFC champion is having delusions of grandeur, thinking he can switch this around and make SA go the way of all but 1 African state. He is not a Nelson Mandela and Robben Island is closed down. But unfortunately, if he is allowed to carry on as he is now, a sad future for South Africa is in the crystal ball. Whether he succeeds or not. The fear is that the DA in charge will bring back apartheid? Watch what will happen during the ANC reign, when the Malema sheep needs detention without trial, starting to form banned organizations, the Police needing to get information from suspects, when the bombs are starting to go off, the "service delivery protests" go wrong...... Shuffling the deck chairs in Mangaung will not change this either.

  • vusi.hadebe.5 - 2012-09-12 09:23

    "Shoot Malema on sight" shud be the order given to all soldiers.

  • eric.rimmer - 2012-09-12 09:25

    I watched the Amanpour interview with Malema last night on CNN - shocking

  • peek.poke.3 - 2012-09-12 09:25

    When will the SANDF learn. Politics has NO PLACE IN THE ARMY !!!! The army should honor the country above anything, that is why they are there !

  • customdesign - 2012-09-12 09:27

    Woohoo nuke his @rse!

  • brytzishiri - 2012-09-12 09:27

    somehow you can blame the gvt for not dealing with Malema and silencing him forever, but isn't that a good sign of democracy, that even barbaric morons are free to air their shallow minds. If the gvt shuts him up who knows if it will end with him only or spread to all those opposed to them. So bravo to the GVT.

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-09-12 09:28

    Every South African have rights to listen and so to speak. SANDF is still runned like old regime army where you had no rights. As long as there is still a huge gap between the salaries of seniors and juniors, Malema or not there won't be peace at all.

  • customdesign - 2012-09-12 09:31

    Well done Nosiviwe, this is what the country needs to hear right now.

  • pule.lepitla - 2012-09-12 09:31

    Why do they even open the gates for him in the 1st place?? *sighs*

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-12 09:33

    YOU GO FATBOY!!! Make Africa proud! Bring South Africa to her knees! The rest of Africa is waiting on our beautiful country to join the civil wars,famine and refugee camps. Question to our 'leader' - is it really that difficult to stop this clown from addressing the SANDF?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-09-12 09:33

    South Africa is led by politicians who don't care about their responsibilities but only care about their future in politics. This makes it difficult for politicians to execute their duties with ease. I don't understand why this mafia is not charged with incitement or high treason. For as long as whom you associate with or support determines your political future, SA would remain a merry go round of corruption. The president himself seems to panic when it comes to situation of this nature, he also wants a second term. Malema has an art of capitalising on the ill-informed, SANDF seems to be his next target. If this greedy tenderpreneur is not stopped I foresee bloodshed. Since the inception of demoncratic SA, this is the test that SA leadership would never forget. Is Credo Mutwa's prophecy coming into realisation?