ANCYL marchers head to Union Buildings

2011-10-28 08:32

Pretoria - The number of ANC Youth League supporters gathered at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria steadily increased on Friday morning, as they started making their way to the Union Buildings.

The league, with the number swelling to an estimated 5 000, was preparing to hand over a memorandum to the Presidency around 10:00.

A placard carried by one supporter read: "Malema is like Jesus saviour."

Supporters arrived at the stadium in the early hours of Friday morning after an "economic freedom" march from Johannesburg on Thursday.

50km march

Youth League leader Julius Malema led from the front, walking most of the 50km trip, barring a few breaks on a truck.

He handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg's city centre on Thursday, before marching to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton.

The walk from Sandton to Tshwane, along the R101 Old Pretoria Road, took eight hours.

The morning preparation saw some members in makeshift shelters cleaning themselves and changing clothes.

Some of the marchers had fallen asleep in cars as well as on a nearby lawn, pavements and stadium chairs.

Loud music was played on a stage with various artists performing. Many chanted "Juju" (Malema's nickname) as he addressed them from the stage early on Friday.

According to SABC news, Malema thanked protesters for their good behaviour.

The stadium was littered with used take-away food containers and alcoholic drink bottles. Vendors were doing brisk business, selling fried steak, chicken, pap and cigarettes.

Police presence

Police maintained a heavy presence around the stadium on Friday morning. The Tshwane metro deployed at least 300 officers.

Daniel Manganye, Tshwane's strategic executive director for community safety, said: "We have deployed sufficient force to deal with any contingency."

There were also hundreds of officers from the police and an array of vehicles including armoured Nyalas. Three water cannons were also on hand. Officers from the Johannesburg metro police were also present.

The closure of Pretorius Street, a main road going into the city, had caused some congestion.

There was a large media contingent and one car belonging to was towed away by Tshwane metro.

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  • Reshan - 2011-10-28 08:35

    If anything the ANC has built the perfect weapon in Malema. While his march for "economic freedom" maybe a failure the campaign points to the next election could be priceless. All the proof on why the masses should continue to vote ANC can be found in comments on all these articles, during lunch breaks, in the gym... We have travelled 17 years only to find ourselves in the same place we started...

      George - 2011-10-28 08:45

      I might not agree with Nationalisation and land grabs, but i give it to Julius. He has an iron will which most of our fellow bloggers cant stomach. I would not be surprised to see him occupy the presidency in the future because unlike useless armchair bloggers the boy is doing something about his vision and beliefs. SA has over 34% unemployment, acute poverty etc and if those poor unemployed classes do not have a way they will capsize the whole SA ship. They will take down with them the wealthy etc. It is in our interest to force government to tackle unemployment, reduce corruption so that crime as a result of poverty can be eliminated. I now respect the will of Julius. I do not agree with his politics but to marshall thousands of people and march over 60 kilometres from JHB to Pretoria overnight is a feat on its own. The reason why we get ruled by misfits is purely because they do something about their visions while we sit, sip coffee and criticise without doing anything. That boy julius is busy increasing his support and come election day his masses will vote for him. What do we do, we sit and type gibberish all day seated at the comforts of our IPADs. I pity us. irrespective of his politics, the boy has an iron will and lets brace for a rough ride unless we get off our asses and do something tangible. Give that man a bells. Sometimes you must respect the bravery of your enemy.

      Bokfan - 2011-10-28 08:52

      Hitlers and Mugdaffis also have iron wills. And end up in a drain.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-28 08:56

      It's never been adequately answered as to whether or not Malema speaks of his own volition or with the backing from senior leaders of the ANC.Hardly a day goes by in South Africa that the ANC Youth League or its President Julius Malema has not been mentioned on News24. Julius Malema had been featured in a front page profile article from the Mail and Guardian to the Sunday Independent and on numerous radio interviews which includes Talk Radio 702 and Five FM. His declining loud-mouthed,uncouth,racist reputation drifted from being centered around his hosting of wild parties in northern Johannesburg that reportedly rage late into the evening and were fueled by alcohol and sex,to being involved in several court cases in front of the Equality Court,to being accused of hate speech,said that the woman who accused Zuma of rape in 2006 "had a nice time" and that those who excuse racism are criminals who deserve to be shot,then there is his mine grab nationalization never ending rambling for socalled extra revenue and that apparently the Freedom Charter says that this is allowed,was stopped once by traffic officials for speeding on the road between Polokwane and Seshego and then had the nerve to berate them and asked:"Do you know who I am?". In a nutshell Malema does what he feels like because poor people in SA are fascinated by that and his outlandish statements,which in turn sell newspapers and draw listeners.

      Daniel - 2011-10-28 09:00

      Future happiness for all South Africans, lies in preventing the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them !!

      jrheeder - 2011-10-28 09:02

      The pied piper rolls on with his rabble rats..

      Had - 2011-10-28 09:02

      I quite agree with your points George about us doing nothing except make our comments & then going back to what we were doing. I would like someone with the technical knowledge to create a web page that gives a historical list of all the corruption, maladministration & financial waste that has happened since the new Government took over. Also what has been done to resolve these acts of treason. I don't have the know how otherwise I would do it.

      jrheeder - 2011-10-28 09:08


      Had - 2011-10-28 09:34

      Thanks jrheeder - will have a look

      Vusi - 2011-10-28 09:40

      @George. A lot of what you said is true, BUT if only there was substance behind him and WHY he walked this walk to the Union Buildings. The problem here is the hidden agenda. You are right about the support he has gathered, but you need to look at the realities of WHO is joining him. I am going to be blasted for what I am about to say, but be that as it may. It is very easy to manipulate informal settlement dwellers where the culture is one of sitting in the sun and waiting for the government to hand you a free house. Those people don't want to put in the hard work the other of us are putting in. You call us armchair bloggers, but that isn't true of my fellow students with me here at the university. We are all studying like crazy to equip ourselves with a marketable education that can be put to use for this country. I am going to buy my own house in Sandhurts vs not wait for an RDP house. So you need to ask yourself WHO is marching with him, because it certainly isn't the students at the universities, because we are all busy with exams. We are studying to make South Africa a better more educated place. He is a calculated manipulator knowing exactly which buttons to press to get the support of lazy people who will rather believe things will come free than work for it. He knows our culture and all he is doing is cashing in on the weakness of the people.

      ZuguZugu - 2011-10-28 09:47

      all these youths look rich to me with nice clothes???? are these guys really poor or having a laugh here???? they all look well fed with exclusive sandton gym memberships and expensive italian sun glasses and italian shoes.... ps anyone wearing a muwamar gidaffi shirt shouyld be executed.... in south africa we support the libyan revolutanaries the the NTC... viva to the Libyan NTC council viva!!! down with gidaffi hahaha

      paul.cowie2 - 2011-10-28 09:52

      Very well said Vusi!

      Vusi - 2011-10-28 09:56

      @Zugu. The attire you referring to are all fake Chinese items bought on the streets. Another one of our big problems in this country. We have the biggest Chinese department store in Africa. So those marchers don't have work, because the ANC has allowed the Chinese to replace our manufacturing and made us their retail store. If they were working in our own factories they might be able to wear the real thing.

      Willie - 2011-10-28 09:59

      Let's put Julias aside the fact of the matter is some of this issues on the table need to be addressed. 1: Unemployement---all the stake holders goverment needs to great conditions and trim down goverment's expenditure(corruption) 2: Land issue ---not without compensation but if it is not addressed we facing a huge problem 3: nationalisation of mines--- a suitable solution is needed for SA But our greatest enemy in this country is level of CORRUPTION BY GOVERMENT OFFICIALS AND MINISTERS and by the way this are memebers of the ruling party

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-28 10:00

      South African headwinds at the moment are very difficult with unemployment consistently running at 25.3% and of that number 50% are age between 25 to 34year olds or in other words YOUTHS. Add to this are two particularly striking features of South African unemployment:Firstly Rural Unemployment Rates vs Urban Rates and secondly time spent out of work which at times are longer than one year or for some people not having work at any time in their lives. High unemployment tends to be rooted in high illiteracy.It's a known fact that 90% of the unemployed in South Africa are semi-literate.Nationalisation are 1970's & 80's politics so that won't work either in today's markets.So what can boost jobs South Africa's? It all starts with Businesses in South Africa.They want to boost its exports out of South Africa by pandering the South African Reserve Bank to keep the Rand weak against the US Dollar.Inflation targets of between 3-6% are good for investors which again is good for the Economy in creating jobs.Also having hosted the Worldcup last year,South africa had the property boom infrastructre which was good for Investors and gave local people jobs-most of them now marching here today. But that's gone so what other works can be created to give Malema followers some jobs? The answer is in the Automobile Sector or car-manufactoring.South Africa are producing and exporting a lot of cars to Europe and the rest of the World.Then there is Retail.Wallmart made a huge investments.

      Kosie - 2011-10-28 10:02

      @zuguzugu : the picture up top is the new gaddafi,hitler, mugabe i can name many more... so watch out who you vote for whenthe time comes

      George - 2011-10-28 10:05

      Vusi remember that people in the squatter camps do not have houses because of corruption , wastefull expenditure and poor planning. It is disingenious and short sighted to blame squatter dwellers for their poverty as if it is of their own making. If they cannot get a house, job they start commiting crimes, violent crimes in order to survive. My point is that why has it got to be Malema and his ilk who are able to channel their anger? Where are the good ones to stand up against government corruption and poor planning? Why cant the good ones channel the anger of the poverty stricken masses? where are they? Why can't we stand up against open looting and corruption as Malema is doing? Surely these bloggs do not even reach the poor!!!. The money that was supposed to be used for schooling has been wasted on useless arms deals hence the poor dont have skills and they sit under the trees waiting for food from heaven. We are in the same boat here with the poor. You know what, they will soon punch holes into the ship and if the good ones dont stand up against corruption, the whole ship will sink. Dont be shortshighted Vusi.

      Mattewis - 2011-10-28 10:28

      @George I cannot respect an "iron will" that has criminal intent! What you just don't seem to get, is that empowerment starts at home and not in the streets! These people are just as economically empowered as the next guy (if not more so thanks to BEE), but that is not their belief. A culture of "free stuff" has been propagandized into the head of each ANC supporter prior to the first elections by the very same organization that has now been failing them for 17 years straight! What you also fail to notice, is that poverty also does not begin or end with Malema. He has built up wealth not in line with his so-called "achievement", and also on the backs of the very people he is supposedly fighting for. What this says about his beliefs, you can only imagine. He is no different than any other member of the ANC-elite. His "march" already has at least one seriously assaulted woman in hospital. What we do, even while sipping our coffee, is keep the country's economy going by doing an honest day's- and quite often an evening's or weekend's work as well! So maybe this morning we're typing a few sentences of what you call "gibberish", but tonight and this coming weekend we're putting in an honest night/day's work because we know what responsibility is all about! I also do not want Malema to be my enemy but rather just a bit like me and not see "race", but performance and/or the lack thereof. A view Malema & his followers interpret as "racism"!

      Vusi - 2011-10-28 10:29

      @George. You have a very compelling case. I'm not against you, but I KNOW my people and unfortunately a large majority of then have seen over the last 17 years "poor" disadvantaged people come on a donkey and go in a BMW. I'm speaking of the ones that got hold of the country's bank account. George my father is living proof of a man that got no hand-outs from the government and made it to the top. NOT ONE CENT. NOT ONE TENDER. When I was little he travelled on a taxi selling maize meal because his salary as a messenger couldn't send me to the school he dreamed about for me. I'm speaking of personal experience. You are as poor as you want to be. But you really have a compelling case and I give you that.

      Chikukwa - 2011-10-28 11:18

      @ Vusi, i am really appalled by your posts were you don`t fail to remind us that you are at university.Maybe tell us the hidden agenda as u seem to have the idea.You mention informal settlement dwellers but don`t stop to reason why they live like that in the first place.Is it through their uselessness or lack of equal opportunities? Maybe you can take that as your thesis and forward your recommendations to the ANCYL than try to score 'thumps up' with news 24 bloggers

  • Jaco - 2011-10-28 08:35

    The fat boy never walked 50km, more like 10km at best!

      Willem - 2011-10-28 08:55

      Have you seen the pictures? Malema looks like a purple jellytot!

      Had - 2011-10-28 09:52

      Looks more like a yellow submarine or a beached whale to me.

  • Mike - 2011-10-28 08:37

    Johhny Walker Keep on Walking for Malema freedom to enjoy more Blue Label! The only one to benefit from this walk, and still enjoy money from his buddy Christos Eleftheriades who secured another 200milj waste disposal contract!

      Mike - 2011-10-28 08:44

      Have to add, at least and for once it was a peaceful march.

      Herman - 2011-10-28 09:10

      March ain't over yet Mike

      Alan - 2011-10-28 09:17

      @Herman Whaahaaaa - too true. It aint over till the Fatboy has sung....

      Mike - 2011-10-28 09:27

      Hahaha Herman you are correct, it's over when his cup flow over with Johnny Walker.

      Herman - 2011-10-28 09:32

      True, when fatboy sits in his leather recliner having his Johnny Walker Blue in his lead crystal tumbler with 2 blocks Valpre ice, then it is pretty much over. O yeah, almost forgot the dumb followers will still sit in hot taxi's or walking miles and miles home in great SA weather, dreaming of the wealth they will now get through their economic freedom march.........still just a dream for them

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-28 08:37

    According to SABC news,Malema thanked protestors for their good behaviour. Quick question:What's the difference between the ANCYL trekking & marching in Joburg CBD and then to Pretoria and the more than 700 American protesters who demonstrated against corporate greed,global warming and social inequality in New York City,Albuquerque,New Mexico or in Boston and Los Angeles and that got arrested on Brooklyn Bridge for swamping Wall Street & the Manhattan’s Financial District? It's simple--SOUTH AFRICANS ARE MORE CIVILIZED when protesting compared to Americans.The Chicago Sun news articles says "Some protesters were screaming obscenities at police and were taking hats from of the officers...that police were struggling with people who refuse to get up and move" The Daily News said "There was a huge funnel,a bottleneck,and they couldn’t fit.People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway.They thought the roadway was open to them.Several videos taken of the event showed confusing,chaotic scenes". Whatever you think of the ANCYL and the Malema die hard supporters I still have to read one single report about any chaotic scenes,instead we read that the marches were kinda disciplined and mature in its approach.Economic freedom or as in New York's case "demonstrating against corporate greed and social inequality" are the same grievances the world over but at least South Africans know how to behave. That makes this headline irrellevant:"Fears ahead of Malema marches"-The New Age.

      1CRAZYONE - 2011-10-28 09:45

      @MARCO please stop copying and pasting this post!!!! its boring!! Try something new!

      Wayne - 2011-10-28 09:46

      Marco, the reason for their good behaviour was driven by the fact that for the first time the orginising party was told they will be held accountable for any damages, and fat boy Juju was to scared to pay more of his money for their misbehaviour. So he made sure they behaved. I will bet that if accountability was not placed on the orginising party for the march we would have seen a much different picture.

      Abza - 2011-10-28 10:27

      Hey 1CRAZYONE maybe you should change that to 1Stupidone because you just stupid........ thanks alot for the infor marco it means alot we need ppl like in SA

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-28 11:26

      @1CRAZYONE Why don't you try smething new because all you ever do is having a go at other News24 users.You never contribute anything intelligent when posting your comments,so please grow up mate and stop acting like a fart in the wind and a moron.

  • Michelle - 2011-10-28 08:39

    Finally, almost done! Hope they are walking home as well. Stoopid Zoo leauge!

  • George - 2011-10-28 08:42

    I might not agree with Nationalisation and land grabs, but i give it to Julius. He has an iron will which most of our fellow bloggers cant stomach. I would not be surprised to see him occupy the presidency in the future because unlike useless armchair bloggers the boy is doing something about his vision and beliefs. SA has over 34% unemployment, acute poverty etc and if those poor unemployed classes do not have a way they will capsize the whole SA ship. They will take down with them the wealthy etc. It is in our interest to force government to tackle unemployment, reduce corruption so that crime as a result of poverty can be eliminated. I now respect the will of Julius. I do not agree with his politics but to marshall thousands of people and march over 60 kilometres from JHB to Pretoria overnight is a feat on its own. The reason why we get ruled by misfits is purely because they do something about their visions while we sit, sip coffee and criticise without doing anything. That boy julius is busy increasing his support and come election day his masses will vote for him. What do we do, we sit and type gibberish all day seated at the comforts of our IPADs. I pity us.

  • Thulebona - 2011-10-28 08:43

    DA/NP fans are quick to call Malema fat, but look at their whale-like newly elected parliamentary token leader... He who lives in a glass house ... I don't know what's the obsession with Malema's weight, why not discuss the real issues and stop acting like sunday school children...

      Thulebona - 2011-10-28 09:30

      Yes @Jan, truly in agreement with you... let's discuss that then not his appearance because that's a bit unfair...

      Pierre - 2011-10-28 10:04

      Thulebona I think the comments on Malema's weight is an indicator that he doesn't practice what he preaches. I refer you back to the day that he called on the religious ideals of white people, to share their hard earned possessions, as if not doing so would make them bad Christians, yet the value of his own estate could support thousands with much needed sustenance. If he wants others to give away what they have had to acquire through hard work... then he should lead by example, and even then, he could only ask. not force. So yes. Malema's weight reminds people of the wealth he enjoys and that’s not a bad thing on its own but it contradicts the lifestyle he demands from others. In short, his stomach highlights his hypocrisy.

      Benmica - 2011-10-28 10:19

      Agree 100%. If I was unemployed I would have marched as well....

      Deon - 2011-10-28 11:50

      The real issue is that unemployment under black youths has rissen to about 50%, Malema is worsening it by empty promisses that no one can / could deliver, not even Mugabe.

  • SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-28 08:43

    Am tired of reading about this march, it's boring now. No more ayobaness

  • Bongani - 2011-10-28 08:47

    We always complain that government is failing to create jobs, when one person that you claim to be stupid is doing something about it,you still complain. You can call Malema stupid, but i rather be stupid and be the president of the most powerful league, drive Range Rover sport and build a R16million house, than be clever and get paid a salary, have 45 minutes lunch and stay in a flat. May be as people we dont know the meaning of the word stupid.

      Jomo - 2011-10-28 08:55

      A very good point Bongani. In fact it is so easy for group of stupid characters or retards to call someone a stupid. I differ with some of Malema ideas but he can't be wrong always. Issues raised by the ANCYL this time are real and legitimate concers of the society especially the youth.

      Ian - 2011-10-28 09:01

      he is nothing but a common thief, all that premium alcohol he downs and everything he has, has been bought at tax payers expense, not a cent of it is from any work he has done, in fact he does not work, I would rather be clever and earn an honest living and know everything that I have has been earned from honest work than have luxuries bought from stealing from the very people who keep this county afloat, the tax payers, without us which is what he wants lets see how long his alcohol lasts, i hope his liver and kidneys explode

      Bokfan - 2011-10-28 09:02

      Bongani What would you say if the result of this march was to reduce the amount of redtape around smme s, a relaxation of the labour laws and the dropping of BEE since these are all constraints on the economy and job creation. You wouldnt like it at all I bet. Even though hundreds of thousands of jobs would result. Why? Because the Yob leagues idea of job creation is to let Juju's cousin charge R6.00 for a 6 cent medicine lable. While the bridge breaker himself snags the engineering tenders. You see, like Juju you are phony and have no interest in anyone's well being but your own. And the masses actually know that.

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-28 09:03

      Definition of stupid, someone who is: 1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse. 2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes. 3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care. 4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied. 5. Pointless; worthless 6. A person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"

      Jomo - 2011-10-28 09:36

      @Renier - So what is your point you idiot? You go jump

  • Vincent - 2011-10-28 08:55

    Come 10 years time Malema will be a South African President, his busy building his image and support throughtout the masses. Critise him you gain nothing its only jealosy syndrome that drive people who dont have vision.

      Mtizozo - 2011-10-28 09:15

      He is alredy proven himself that he can be one of the president of this country,,

      jack.kukard - 2011-10-28 09:16

      what a joke , and you own a donkey cart while he travels in range rovers.....

      Deon - 2011-10-28 09:18

      It might be a bit difficult when he is in Cope or jail, he is heading for it, Zuma won't miss him.

      Alva - 2011-10-28 09:40

      If we take Malema's suggested nationalisation route, there won't be a country left for him to be president of in 10 years time.

  • Angela - 2011-10-28 08:57

    Wonder what was for breakfast? Wonder if the lady with the stilettos is joining them.

  • Harold - 2011-10-28 09:02

    5000? of all the millions unemployed and poverty stricken they can only muster 5000. This little rabble rouser gets way too much airtime.

  • fezisa.mdibi - 2011-10-28 09:03 after 17 years malema realizes that the government is not doing its job? where was he when the SACCAWU workers were marching if he is so much into the fight for the people? He comes here now amidst everything that is going on in HIS life(Disciplinary hearing etc) and decides to bring false hope to the masses by making them walk this ridiculous distance in scorching heat when he can just go address these issues with his fellow comrades in the next office at Luthuli house? The people who are marching are going to go back to their Diepsloots and Alexanders while he retreats to his luxurious life in Sandton_the day he says he is in solidarity with the people and goes to live in the township until the issues are addressed is the day that i will, maybe listen to his rants but right now......gimme a break, a beg!!

  • ShauneJordaan - 2011-10-28 09:06

    The thing that worries me is the Gaddafi shirts, military hates, machine guns etc. This is aimed towards violence. How can anyone support a dictator that ruined an entire nation for more than 40 years. Malema is bad news. Also nationalization has never worked in any country. The government must provide housing, jobs and free education i agree with that. But taking private commerce, and land is not the smart thing to do. This will never go to the people but rather the politically privileged. Lets be smart South Africans, black, white who cares. We need peace and freedom, lets not go backwards.

  • Koketso - 2011-10-28 09:08

    I bet white people back in '76 said the same things being said here, "this is a useless protest, it will not change anything". What you guys don't realise is that most crimes in this country are committed out of desperation, so unemployment affects everyone otherwise you wouldn't have to worry about your BMW having an alarm system. You grow up privileged and now you curse at people who struggle daily with putting food on the table, that's if they do have a table. You expect these people to go to varsity? You expect these people to start businesses? With what money? Malema's history and political motives aside, this man gave people a platform to voice their concerns.

      Herman - 2011-10-28 09:24

      That is the biggest mistake the disadvantaged make, believing all that is white grew up priveledged. Some did, for sure, but many others didn't. The difference between the disadvantaged and the not so priviledged whites, is that the whites have a backbone, has a mentality of changing misfortune into growth, doesn't burn down schools, doesn't believe in false prophets (malema) and doesn't sit on their backsides demanding everything. The disadvantaged has become consumers and demanders, they say they want work, but will strike as soon as they are employed, simple reason, THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO WORK.

      Marius - 2011-10-28 09:29

      Yes, I agree, Christ and Ghandi stood up for the poor and the helpless but by peaceful means. They did not spew hate at other groups. I don't know the solution honestly. I do know that poverty is a state of mind. You can give a poor person a million rand and in less than a year he will be poor again without proper education. They can get my 80% of land, as long as they pay the mortage.

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-10-28 09:46

      Koketso - look at the state of education. You have to say it is a total mess. Thousands of underpriviliged kids with a substandard education. Run by an inept government department. Yet we are spending more per kid as a percentage of gdp than any other country - R231 billion goes to education for 13.5 million kids. That works out to R1430 per month per kid in state schools. In addition tot hat the parents still have to pay school fees. To put that into perspective - my kids are going to a private school and getting a superb education - for R1900 per month. Where is the problem? in the administration of the public schools... Who is stealing from who? I pay taxes - like 5.9 million other South Africans. But I don't get a good free education for my kids, good free health care, good roads, services, etc. I have to pay extra for that. So my taxes are being stolen from me and wasted on corruption and wastefull expenditure. I also want to have economic freedom - from paying taxes for no real value in my life.

      Kay - 2011-10-28 09:53

      Stop putting whites in a group, privileged, ok let me just tell you, i was 5 yrs old and me my mom and sister would sleep in my moms broken down car some nights cause we had no where to go, my mom,yes a WHITE, stood up, no degress behind her, no money, and worked her a$$ off cause she had her 2 kids, i worked my a$$ off to study, you telling me the poor cant go out there everyday and look for a job, come on man, lots of US WHITES did it, grow a back bone, if julius cared as much as he says why isnt he putting his money in his supporters pockets. Think before you preach, dont judge us and expect us not to judge.

      ShauneJordaan - 2011-10-28 10:11

      Kotetso I never grew up privileged. I had to pay for my own university through hard work, late night bar jobs, and scholarships. I took a bad situation and did my best- just cause i am white does not mean i am privilaged.. I agree that the poor must voice their concerns, i agree that we have a poverty problem. But why make it a black and white issue? Its a south african issue- not color. Julius is far from poor. Also Julius has his own agenda. Why nationalization? Why support dictators like Mugabe, Gidaffi? Lets live and continue Madibas vision. I think that if Malema can only stop the racial tension, right now its always about pointing fingers at the whites. Why? The ANC must provide all with free education. But lets not target racial conflict to do this- its the ANC issue, with all the tax collected we should use funds wisely- cut out corruption and funds will be plentiful for the poor

      Michele - 2011-10-28 11:00

      Koketso, they can change their circumstances by changing their vote.

  • wajmuller - 2011-10-28 09:22

    5000 people do not speak for 40 million.

  • Koos - 2011-10-28 09:22

    Reminds me of the Churchill comment after voting age was changed from 21 to 18 in UK. "If at 18 you are not a liberalist, then you've got no heart - but if at 30 you're still a liberalist, the you've got no brains.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2011-10-28 09:25

    How can you expect economic freedom if you dont work for it???????? Just like anaughty child they just WANT.

      Benmica - 2011-10-28 10:22

      Give them work and they won't march. Interesting, the SACP youth league is having meeting at the moment discussing how to create jobs.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2011-10-28 09:28

    ANCYL all the way, all you haters can go to hell, either you behave or you jump theres nothing you can do.

      Herman - 2011-10-28 09:35

      Nope, you the followers of malema are on the road to hell.

      Gary Andrew - 2011-10-28 09:42

      Why do you call us haters, when you are convicted of hate speech? I recon your opinion will be that the constitution is wrong!

      Servaas - 2011-10-28 09:42

      Herman.. to the tune of Highway to hell. "either you behave or you jump theres nothing you can do. " I would love to see you say that to my face, net een P Klap teen die oor gee, dis al wat julle clowns kort. Gan strike eerder jou dom d*ner, dis al waarvoor die yooooof league goed is.

      Mike - 2011-10-28 09:42

      You are making a very big mistake in under-estimating the white man little maaifoedie...we have had enough now and you will soon see what we can do.

      Wayne - 2011-10-28 09:44

      come on dude! come up with a sound, rational argument instead of simply mouthing off inanely!!!

      Michelle - 2011-10-28 09:45

      You are just another sad blind sheep. You think you are going to get something nice and shiney, all you going to get is a piece of bread and some juice!

      Ian - 2011-10-28 10:03

      you can also go to hell, freaking lazy chump

  • jpcronje - 2011-10-28 09:30

    En die dikgat heel voor in die koor

  • Nicolas - 2011-10-28 09:31

    It's interesting to see that JuliArse has taken off his expensive watch and clothing on this march. Is he scared of sending mixed messages or being ripped off by his own supporters?

  • nspaynter - 2011-10-28 09:35

    "A placard carried by one supporter read: "Malema is like Jesus saviour."" Imagine the reaction if it read "Malema is like Allah" Why is it that people are allowed to insult Jesus but not Allah?

  • Bradley - 2011-10-28 09:36

    In all honesty, I no longer have the time to read about this march....I am busy Growing a Business that will in turn create jobs for South Africans of all races and hopefully inspire others to start there own business ! As a matter of opinion, if you are able to walk 60 odd km you are able to get off your ass and create your own job !

  • Mike - 2011-10-28 09:37

    March of the Maaifoedies continues...

  • Jimmy - 2011-10-28 09:37

    The interesting thing is that supporters mainly young unemployed , uneducated , were bussed down from the informal settlements for this by ANCYL.

  • Karabo - 2011-10-28 09:38

    I really give it up for Malema for what he has done. Giving people a chance to voice their concerns and doing it in a civilized way. Malema may be irritating at times but I salute him for doing this. Just imagine if nothing was done, people would still be out cussed and the Government officials would be getting wealthier. Why can't people just do the right thing and stop being greedy? How can you have so much more that what you need while some people have nothing and you still want more? What is worse is that people in the government are given roles to make sure that things are run smoothly but they don't do anything about what goes on. Look at all the ward councilors, how many of them are actually doing their jobs? Mobilitate is working hand in hand with them to make service delivery better for all the residence. Join Mobilitate to make South Africa a better place to live in and we will help you voice out your opinions and issues.

  • Craig - 2011-10-28 09:38

    Well done juju, we have a population of 52million, all you could muster up is 5000. hahahaha PLONKER

  • Hennie - 2011-10-28 09:50

    As I have been saying for two days now.Who cares about the march,who is going to win the Currie Cup tomorrow?

  • Adrian - 2011-10-28 09:58

    Now his supporters are comparing him to Jesus Christ........what next? The man only goes to church when he's in trouble!

  • Ian - 2011-10-28 09:59

    So none of them have bathed, showered or washed since yesterday morning -can you just imagine!!!!!

      Ian - 2011-10-28 10:19

      Nothing unusual about that, they dont bath anyway, imagine if this was this past mon when the temp hit 36

  • Philip - 2011-10-28 10:04

    eish !!! mafuta

  • Julias - 2011-10-28 10:06

    well done for reaching pretoria my brothas but i can't relocate you here we must march back this afternoon

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  • Peter - 2011-10-28 10:16

    Julius work for your money like all honest Black, White, Asian and what ever race in SA does. You are clueless of what you whant has the price of whiskey gone up so much that you now need minning money to pay for it. All you do is want why dont you give to the poor as well from all your back hand money. Wake up

      Moriva - 2011-10-28 11:32

      OMG he works for his money??!!!!! goodness, you know nothing. MI6 is paying him, yes!! he needs one thing. Poor rats, they ALL think he WORKS for his money. Poor peasants.

  • Marthinus - 2011-10-28 10:18

    Mr Vusi, I Take my hat of Sir! We need more people like you. Why dont Malema share his millions with the poor - For him it is all about the money and with money comes power.

  • braamc - 2011-10-28 10:21

    This is almost like the big walk, we feel fit and free and happy!

  • Jacques - 2011-10-28 10:36

    I recall a story of two guys owning a Aurora mine that did not go very well.Thats a good view of where things can go if we take and nationalize.Its the old story of a dog chasing a car,the car what to do with the car??I thought the first president tried the Robinhood Tactics promised the poor everything and delivering nothing form his 30mil mansion.Who do you think is going to be first in the que when mines are nationalized.I say Robinhood.His 'grandpa' from Zimbabwe tought him well.On the other hand,why should we educate kids first about the importance of having a school(building) and not to burn it down.Cry about Bad service delivery,but their uncles in the goverment sits at home and teach their kids how they where wronged in the past with a 'Eishbine and beer in hand.Ask us for help and we will give it.Congo did, now all our farmers are moving there. I do not know how appartheid was,do not give a dam.We dont bicker on and on over the English putting our wifes and children in concentration camps....but maybe whe should. Then everybody can hate everybody about something...and we can then declare south africe is equal "in someway?!?!?!!?!"

  • Tracy - 2011-10-28 10:41

    Oh the nando's ad on the side is funny. Click on those tomatoes

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  • zamokwakhe.ntuli - 2011-10-28 10:56

    @VUSI, You are so wrong my brother. I am a professional and i run my business business employing more than 10 staff. The reason why i support this march is due to the fact that no matter how educated you are that does not guarantee you any success in this country due to its economic policies. Maybe and just maybe when you have completed your studies and you stay at home maybe and just maybe you understand why we needed this march. Dont fool yourself by thinking that all those youth who attended this march are from informal settlement - you are quite wrong. I personal dont like Malema but in life you neeed to look beyond personal liking and look at the facts. Blacks are very educated like you are doing but as i said wants you are out of tertiary, you will understand the reality for now concentrate on your studies and stop talking about things you have no experience of. Life is not Gloomy as you think after graduate it is the beginning of suffering and frustration not by choice but because of these economy policies.

  • Koketso - 2011-10-28 11:49

    I think most of us don't know what sparked this protest in the first place... A few months back, a report came out detailing the amounts CEOs earn vs what their subordinates earn. A certain CEO of a large corporation in south africa, earns R43m per annum whilst there are people in the same organisation earn R1200.00pm. Now tell me if that is fair. This has nothing to do with race, this is about a fair distribution of wealth.

  • Marek - 2011-10-28 12:22

    Can News24 really say these ANCYL articles are objective? These marches symbolize something very important and actually almost exactly mirror those of Occupy Wall Street and such. The disparities in this country are shocking and change is needed. Nationalization of the mines is not going to solve the problem but the ANCYL have an extremely valid point. These articles are completely bias not even considering the real reasons behind these marches, only how the marchers have littered and fought over juice. Pick up your game News24.

  • tmashinini - 2011-10-28 13:07

    why does everything have to be done in an uncivilised manner by malema, guess that he is trying to take the public's eyes off of him because he still has cases against him.

      Edmore - 2011-10-28 15:37

      Its not an uncivilised manner, its how politics is done, if negotiations fail, use force. There is nothing unusual about what Malema is doing, he is actually a champion of black empowerment practically. A lot of papers have been written academically on transformation but they remain hyphothesis on professors' desks. In 1990 when Mandela came from prison and i QUOTE "Nationalisation of mines and monopolies is the police of the ANC, any shift or change to that policy is inconcievable" so why is Malema to blame now? Case or no case, he has a point. Study the nationalisation of mines in Bolivia in 2007 by President Morales how he did it successfully. Its no use for all of us to put on the rugby shirt and the Bafana shirt and assume that everything is fine, its a timebomb

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