ANCYL slams City Press over Malema story

2011-07-27 14:34

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League criticised City Press newspaper on Wednesday, calling its journalists and editor "puppets" of "masters" bent on protecting ill-gotten wealth.

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said although the ANCYL had responded to the paper's report about its president Julius Malema's trust fund, there were "fundamental questions" it wanted answers to.

"We are asking these questions to educate and walk with members of the public about the ulterior motive of the capitalist, imperialists and their representative in the form of the Rupert family which will do everything in their power to maintain the status quo of massive racialised wealth inequalities in South Africa," Shivambu said.

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee said the ANCYL was trying to deflect attention from the real questions raised in the report.

"He is attempting to cover it up with bombast and rhetoric and absolute falsehood."

Editorial independence

It was insulting for Shivambu to accuse the paper's editorial team of being "puppets".

"I am not a political player, I have no political motive, I am simply a journalist and an editor of an investigative newspaper," she said.

Haffajee said her editorial independence was never interfered with.

She had also not heard from Malema or his attorneys on whether he would sue the paper over the story.

The Rupert family, which Shivambu said funded the apartheid government since the 1940s, was the major shareholder of the "Afrikaner dominated and controlled Naspers group".

"... all these publications replicate the apartheid ideology of white supremacy and portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa," Shivambu said.

Naspers, a multi-national media group, owns Media24, with Rapport, Die Beeld, City Press and Daily Sun under its umbrella.

The Hawks on Tuesday confirmed receiving a docket on Malema after civil rights group AfriForum laid a complaint against him in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004. The docket was handed to its commercial crimes unit head, who would determine whether to investigate the matter.

'Fight political battles'

The questions the league wanted answered included whether the Rupert family and Naspers shareholders approved of the way its paper was used to "fight political battles". It also wanted to know whether they approved of the phone hacking employed by British tabloid News of the World.

City Press reported that Malema was allegedly using the Ratanang Family Trust to bankroll his lavish lifestyle. The trust, named after his son, was registered at the Office of the Master of the High Court in Pretoria in 2008, weeks after Malema was first elected youth league president.

Citing two "independent, well-placed sources with knowledge of Malema's financial dealings", City Press reported the trust was being used by Malema and "his benefactors" to fund his lifestyle.

"Thousands of rands" were deposited into the account regularly, according to unnamed sources. "Frequent deposits are being made from different banks, especially in Limpopo."

One source told the paper he had deposited R200 000 into the trust's bank account after Malema facilitated a government tender for his benefit.

On Monday the league said Malema was prepared to be investigated by the SA Revenue Service and law enforcement agencies. It said the trust was used for charitable purposes and was "tax compliant".

The ANCYL believed Malema was under attack because of his push for the nationalisation of mines and land expropriation without compensation.

Shivambu also wanted to know why DA federal chairperson Wilmot James was a director of Media24, the owner of City Press.

"None of the News24 [sic] publications has ever reported anything negative about the DA, but always jumps into an opportunity to rubbish through lies, the leadership of the ANC."

- News24 is a part of Media24.

  • Felix - 2011-07-27 14:40

    Like cornered rats...

      cliffarc - 2011-07-27 14:58

      - Yep - these Ancyl outbursts smack of both stupidity and desperation.

      Dominic - 2011-07-27 16:27

      Where is Malema? If he's involved in charitable activities surely he would be proud to tell us about them. The only thing the ANCYL is demonstrating is that their members obviously have to pass a stupidity test before they're allowed to join.

      StBad - 2011-07-27 16:35

      Hopefully Malema is too busy defending himself with all this probing that he has no time left to rally his Nationalisation agenda... maybe he'll forget

      Dominic - 2011-07-27 17:16

      @stBad Listen to the rest of them; our future leaders. Their only hope is legalised theft.

      SaintBruce - 2011-07-27 20:24

      Where there is smoke, I suspect there is a fire! Floyd is blowing a LOT of smoke.. wonder how big the fire really is? If there is a suspicion of fraud or corruption, Julius better be prepared for a detailed investigation, after all he welcomed a probe into his finances and even challenged everyone to have a try!! Yobbo!

      Daniel Jones - 2011-07-28 05:01

      Rats serve a purpose, the ANCYL serve no purpose. They are irrelevant cnuts that must be destroyed. End of!

      Aish - 2011-07-28 10:13

      Is it me or is the ANC becoming more immanently racists towards anyone else besides black? Why you got a secret account Malema? Aish its because of the dark force, why you wasting out tax money Ffloyd.. Aish its because of aparthied, Why you laying charges for having a drink spilt on you.... Aish its because you white!!!

      Flinger - 2011-07-28 15:03

      I dont understand why anyone including ms. Haffajee thinks that there will be a result other than an even speedier presidency for Julias Malema. Just look at what he has as an example to follow in Zuma..corrupt to the core, "a popular liberator of the racial mass", complete and utter disregard for justice, law and order, an "animal farm" like polical agenda that he does not even try and hide, not one iota of an idea of what true credentials it really takes to be a president of any country, No intention at all to even be the president but rather the key holder to the countries coffers and worse, once he gets the role (as voted by the freedom fighting comrades of the ANC who were in nappies when Nelson Mandela walked free) he will have absolutely no intention or motivation to take to task any major or minor problem facing this country or halting its growth...anyone who can give me 1...just 1 item that Jacob succesfully completed in his current reign that put the country first that was not expected or invoked due to political pressures..ill concede and vote ANC forever after. I have been saying it for a year now, stop feuling this M*ther F*ckers popularity...there is no bad publicity, he is hitting headline papers 4 days in a cant buy your way to presidential popularity if the Rupert family want him stopped for good...refuse to publish anything about him, his strength is derrived from the countries positive AND negative sentiments.

      Ayoba - 2011-07-28 17:58

      So much truth and good questions that the ANCYL questions. Hmmm!! I hope the answers will be made public.

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-27 14:40

    HERE WE GO AGAIN *YAAAWWWNNN*, wake me up when this is over

  • PurpleDragon - 2011-07-27 14:41

    Hilarious stuff. They won't answer questions outlined by City Press but they expect City Press to answer their questions?!! Only in Africa...

      paulf - 2011-07-27 14:47

      Cause they know that he is guilty. Trying to distract attention I guess???

      Worldwise - 2011-07-27 19:44

      "... all these publications replicate the apartheid ideology of white supremacy and portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa," Shivambu said" No Floyd, it's the ANCYL that portrays blacks that way by its actions.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-07-27 19:58

      ANC and ANCYL

  • Jason - 2011-07-27 14:41

    Honestly cry foul all you want, the evidence is in the spending!

      Gallows - 2011-07-27 15:23

      Warren raises a valid point. What is the purpose of justice when corruption blocks it at every turn?

      cliffarc - 2011-07-27 15:27

      - @ Warren - smack on the button - such is the state of this country.

      Warren - 2011-07-27 20:29

      Why is News 24 constantly deleting this comment??????????????? 1) If Julius Malema is found guilty he will not spend a day in jail... Just ask Shabir Sheik. 2) If Julius Malema is found guilty he will still be voted into some ANC job... Just ask Tony Yengeni. 3) If Julius Malema is fired he will probably be our next president... Just ask Jacob Zuma. Up yours News 24, you can delete it & I will re-paste it, you jerk offs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Warren - 2011-07-27 20:52

      I should've also added: 4)If Julius Malema is found guilty he will simply get a presidential pardon... Just ask Allan Boesak.

  • gooseneck - 2011-07-27 14:42

    naa n naa na you Po3s - Floyd

  • Dudley - 2011-07-27 14:43

    O f#$#$ck the ignorance of the 35 years and older youth league

  • TC - 2011-07-27 14:44

    And what has all that got to do with the price of Fatboys Trust fund?

  • Illuminated - 2011-07-27 14:44

    JuJu your days are numbered, you corrupt piece of trash...

      simodi - 2011-07-28 09:44

      hy sal nie like your cousins the boeremag.Viva Juju Viva.

      Werner Pretorius - 2011-07-28 10:56

      Simodi... Malema is no different in ANY aspect than the Boermag you refer to... You are an ignorant racist seeing that you don't see this... They have the exact same ideals... One for Black people, the other for White people...

  • Felix - 2011-07-27 14:44

    'The ANC Youth League criticised City Press newspaper on Wednesday, calling its journalists and editor "puppets" of "masters" bent on protecting ill-gotten wealth.' Floyd you dumb hypocrite!

      v3 - 2011-07-27 16:47

      Psychologists call it "projecting"

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-07-27 19:59

      Like bukakke

      Ogre - 2011-07-27 23:09

      And the irony id that Naspers has a majority shareholding held by a black consortium, of which Oscar Dhlomo's Dynamo Investments is the largest shareholder. These statements by the ANCYL again draws attention to the lack of good education of their members. By uttering inane, uneducated and untrue statements do not automatically make them true. ANCYL,please go and educate yourselves before speaking. I promise you that it does not hurt much and cannot kill you if you read a little bit. The worst that can happen is a slight headache.

      Mogatjaka - 2011-07-28 11:21

      u dumb felix

  • DW - 2011-07-27 14:45

    Floyd Shivambu et al are puppets of a master bent on protecting his ill-gotten wealth, being Malema. Ironic that they would use this terminology. I guess there are none so blind as those who will not see.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-07-27 14:45

    ANCYL needs a qualified PR. They are not doing justices to Malema's case. Please Malema come out and give intelligent answers so that we all move on. Attack on Johan Rupert will not divert attention to our pressing issues.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-07-27 14:55

      That I must agree with you on. Floyd is useless and so are most of the ANCYL. What do we expect with Mama Malema at the helm and his tealady Floyd. Useless bunch!

      Psychotron - 2011-07-27 14:59

      Malema intelligent? How can you call him that, woodwork is one of the easiest subjects in school, even my dog can do it and Malema still failed...badly!!

      Tolerant - 2011-07-27 15:12

      They need an Economist too as they know nothing about the economy.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-07-27 15:22

      Zizo - they first need to give a decent PR some ammunition to fight back with. Right now you could have the best PR person in the world, they are still arriving at a gunfight with pre-owned toilet paper.

      TheWasp - 2011-07-27 15:25

      Samuel Mabena - Please please have a chat to the likes of Madman and Tshepo and a few other idiots that comment here frequently - they are right up their supporting the likes of Malema and Floyd and their corruption and tender fraud nice to hear from a black guy that sends through an educated see what we see :)

      wombles - 2011-07-27 15:33

      like who is all benefitting from his corruption fund or the land claim against his newly aquired plot hmmm wonder if he will go to court to stop them taking it

      Kenno - 2011-07-27 15:47

      Intelligent answers from malema! Dont hold your breath!

      fly - 2011-07-27 16:48

      @womble we the tax payers are going to buy back the land for distribution to poor at an inflated price ,FAT F@#K obvouisly got a tip from one of his CADRES to buy it now

      umhlopo - 2011-07-27 18:37

      do you seriously expect to get an intelligent answer from the sheep shagger

      Denise - 2011-07-28 09:05

      Sorry Zizo - you must be able to see yourself that the YL is panicking here? They ever raised the hacking scandel in the UK for goodness sakes! If Malema had any intelligent answers we would have heard them by now dont you think??? Instead he is being very quiet this week!

      Anonymous123 - 2011-07-30 22:27

      @Psychotron that's not fair maybe he failed woodwork because he's more in touch with his feminine side then he'd like to admit?

  • alicia - 2011-07-27 14:45

    A Comedy of Errors. This is the best laugh I have had in months. The fools are admitting to posessing exactly what they say they do not have. Julius my man, what fools you have protecting your "interests".

  • halfbee - 2011-07-27 14:46

    "MASSIVE RACIALISED WEALTH INEQUALITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA"... Indeed with his R16 million mansion and bond free Polokwane property our Julius is certainly living proof of that inequality....

      SamuelMabena - 2011-07-27 14:58

      Yes I cannot understand Malema's logic. He preaches 'white money', but he himself useless his political connections to secure tenders for his black corrupt friends, and then gets kickbacks from them into his secret trust fund. So it's ok for the corrupt ANC elite to make money, but not for 'white' South Africans who are just trying to make a living like the rest of us ??? HAHAHA, Malema is a joke and a hypocrit !!!

      Mad Hatter - 2011-07-27 15:28

      He is a dirty LIAR ! Caught out.

      keithb - 2011-07-27 15:59

      Don't forget his R 250 000 wristwatch!! No doubt a charitable donation from the trust fund!

  • Vigilant - 2011-07-27 14:47

    YUP! As per normal, just more of the same. The law of association, show me your friends and I'll show you who you are... The fact that they can't stop for one second and be objective, just try for once and use you brains folks. Then again that might be asking for too much... lol. Since when is anyone in South Africa above the law? OH! Sorry I was thinking of a different South Africa.

      christine - 2011-07-27 15:28

      basedon all the evidence vigilant--they dont have any brains--never had never will

  • Deon - 2011-07-27 14:47

    "... all these publications replicate the apartheid ideology of white supremacy and portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa," Shivambu said. Errrr..... YES !!!!!!

      Pictureof - 2011-07-27 14:50

      Adrian - 2011-07-27 14:53

      These publications don't need to portray you as corrupt or superstitious human beings , you're doing a great job of that yourselves.

      schmerz - 2011-07-27 15:12

      Yes, and let's not forget that the ANC/YL is working to keep it that way. ANC/YL = apartheid with a native face Their motive is clear but has no substance or validity, soon they will be forgotten

      christine - 2011-07-27 15:31

      well said deon --as per ur comment---black floyd [as opposed to pink floyd ] sure got that right --its the only intelligent thing i have heard him say

      Left Screwed - 2011-07-27 16:20

      Deon, you nailed it!

      alicia - 2011-07-27 16:43

      My Goodnes Deon, of course, Apartheid was there when this oaf was borne, and Hendrik van den Bergh told him to syphen and hide as much money as he can. Apartheid is to blame for all the criminal deeds of the ANC, the Mercs and BMW's and what the hell else they can afford to drive, the palaces they live in, the unacountable riches they have, the buildings they build which they do not know how to do. Apartheid created a race of idiots...that I do not dispute.

      alicia - 2011-07-27 16:46

      And |I am talking only of those who rant and rave here on these pages. Those who talk about killing and taking and having and are pobviously missing many screws ( you know the kind).

      v3 - 2011-07-27 16:51

      No-one does more to portray black people as corrupt or superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa than the ANCYL, especially Julius and Floyd.

  • winston.mullany - 2011-07-27 14:47

    So much hot air you swear the twits fart a lot....

      tryanything - 2011-07-27 19:17

      pity we cant harness it ..the gas would help with the fuel crisis

  • Matt :-) - 2011-07-27 14:47

    Wouldn't it be a dream if one day Juju held a press conference, took off a facemask and shouted "Oh Shucks it's Schuster"

      Markal - 2011-07-27 15:12

      At least that will explain why they are a joke...

      stadleroux - 2011-07-27 15:30

      ROFFEL-ROFFEL!! I can just see old Leon laughing: "Gotchaaa!"

      simodi - 2011-07-28 09:50

      never never this is real we have the government bra,u will only watch it on ur dstv mnet channel Juju is pushing for nationalisation and the balance of wealth and u think ur in control,Viva MALEMA Viva.

  • Wise1 - 2011-07-27 14:49

    Malema has so much dirt on the top ANC cronies that's why he makes his own laws and he is allowed to get away with it. He will never be disciplined or fired because he will expose all.

      Foncused - 2011-07-27 15:50

      I think you just may have a point there...

      frangelico - 2011-07-27 22:47

      Wise,there are two kinds of dirt & unfortunately,Malema,Zuma Blade etc etc,reek of both

  • Dubulamaburu - 2011-07-27 14:51

    This idiots will always tarnish our president's image....Anyway i am not suprised now coz they are also owning the beeld which is very much racist

      Psychotron - 2011-07-27 14:59

      What president?

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-27 15:01

      hau i-brain, she is not working...

      Dubulamaburu - 2011-07-27 15:30

      Your president and if u are old your children's president

      grimbie1 - 2011-07-27 16:37

      Dubs.. you know what I find racist..? The fact that I was born in the beautiful land of South Africa, I was educated by one of the best education facilities in the land, my parents left South Africa during apartheid because they really did not agree with what was going on and really I am proud to be South African, only thing is because I am a white male early thirty I have to live away from my family, who have now retired, due to the fact that because of the ideas of your government and employing only a small number of people like myself am forced to live abroad away from my home country, away from my family and then still read that your government wants to nationalize.. Can you see any form of racism there or any form of inequality?

      umhlopo - 2011-07-27 18:44

      stop breathing,a child needs oxygen somewhere in the world

      johanerasmus - 2011-07-27 22:20


      White Oak - 2011-07-28 08:53

      Firstly, your alias is pathetic - dubula maburu - I doubt very much that you have the guts to do just that. Secondly these words were spoken by your president Malema on the 2nd of March 2011:“You must never role model (sic) a rich person who can’t explain how they (sic) got rich. In the ANC we must not have corrupt people as role models. Corrupt means a simple thing you can’t explain the big amount in your bank account. In less than a year, you have got everything. Yesterday you were down and out, but today you have everything, which shows in your fancy dress code.” So stop behaving like an idiot - you are destroying yourselves. Remember the cliche about giving someone enough rope, Ja TIA!

      simodi - 2011-07-28 09:52

      well said u Dubulamaburu u make me laugh kwaaaaa!!!!!kwaalicious!!!!!

      Breech - 2011-07-29 09:03


  • Natalie - 2011-07-27 14:52

    The man doth protest too much............Makes you think doesn't it?

  • Parko - 2011-07-27 14:54

    This "Racism against rich blacks" claim is bull. Nobody ever complained about Tokyo's wealth. We are complaining against rampant Cadre-Corruption and Looting.

  • parkiekr - 2011-07-27 14:56

    "the ANCYL doth protest too much, methinks"...

  • Human Being - 2011-07-27 14:56

    Mr Floyd Shivambu hit the nail on the head. I cannot say more. Can we then have answers to the questions as asked by the ANC youth league? The secrets are finally coming out, yes.

      Felix - 2011-07-27 15:13

      You've got some wool on your face.

      Denise - 2011-07-28 09:15

      :) lolol

  • BreakdownBoy - 2011-07-27 14:56

    When Malema is removed from the political landscape, this country’s chances of success will rise 75%! The man is a hypocrite and a warmonger, but worst of all is that he speaks the lies that the ignorant masses want to hear.

  • Milana - 2011-07-27 14:58

    Ow shoooshhh about the racial thingy already marn. U know u people make us black people look stupid & forever whinning about race when there's real issues that need to be answered. Why is it that this Malema guy has got people to answer for him, not even the President of this country or even Mandela came to such extremes in seeking attention where its not needed he's acting like some sort of Mafia. He must just get realistic.

      Psychotron - 2011-07-27 15:00

      Because "ooh ooh aah aah" is not really classed as words.

  • nobokjoy - 2011-07-27 14:59

    why don't the ancyl just blow themselves to hell.if the devil don't wants them then you must know they are good for fockoll.

  • John - 2011-07-27 14:59

    The ANCYL is sounding more and more like ZANU PF! If ever you are caught out blame the Capilitst, imperialist, racist and any other -ist you can to divert attention away from the facts! If this lot of ANCYL "leaders" are the future leaders of our country then i am afraid we will be heading the same way as Zim! They are in politics to line there own pockets while preaching populist rhetoric to the poor uneducated masses.

  • Sizwe Mogale - 2011-07-27 14:59

    These dudes sound like idiots, I swear now everything that seems suspect must have something to do with imperialists... In 2011? Get a life man! If nothing bad is happening let the investigation take place then after that they can slam the newspapers all they want. I cant even begin to listen to more ANCYL drivel any more. Find huge amounts of wax buildup im my ear each time I read or hear anything from this lot

  • Drucilla Dragonfly - 2011-07-27 15:00

    Right.... South Africa has invested so much money for the new RICA laws.. its now time to implement them. Intercept Julius' cellphone if they suspect he is committing a crime - thats what the law is there for. Its in the Haws' hands now. Lets put this C-atch U- N-ext T-uesday in the tjoekie!

  • Slapper - 2011-07-27 15:00

    I suppose the Hawks, Sars, Cope, Cosatu, and possibly even JZ are also racist puppets? They need better tactics than they are using for this one.

  • Sydney - 2011-07-27 15:00

    Gees they are completely clueless!!

  • Juliaas - 2011-07-27 15:01

    Give them rope, they will catch themselves. The more they talk the more they entangle themselves.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-07-27 15:01

    ancyl talking about "protecting ill-gotten wealth" - what do they say about the kettle calling the pot "black"? now i will be called a racist!

  • Sky - 2011-07-27 15:01

    This Malema rubbish caused allot of damage. It will take time to undo that. I hope the new youth league leader will step up and reach out a hand of friendship to everyone. For the greater good. r will step up and reach out a hand of friendship to everyone. For the greater good.

  • hansgat_masepa - 2011-07-27 15:03

    when PRESIDENT julias talks, you must listen

      Sammy - 2011-07-28 08:01

      Sorry dude, we dont understand APE, and thats what he acts like EVERYDAY! :P

  • Keith - 2011-07-27 15:03

    any one with inteligence would realise that earning R50,00-00 per month cannot afford you a merc, a large Standton home, nor a plot of land, my gosh it would be wonder full if this king of salary like could do so much for us. Please will the members of the ANCYL committee ask Juju for free education to take a course in Economics and business management and then maybe they will get over a this Imperial and colonial really is a tired old rethoric which all the country of Africa keep using to explain their total lack of looking after their people and running a country.

  • jamesbond - 2011-07-27 15:03

    Just answer the Questions asked to you Juliaas.

  • Old-Jim - 2011-07-27 15:04

    As in the words of the great bard, William Shakespeare, "Methinks the lady doth protest to much"

  • Ann - 2011-07-27 15:04

    Well done City Press - ignore the Youth League - the citizens deserve to know the truth. If it was all so innocent, how come Julius hasn't come out guns blazing to defend himself instead of hiding behind the Youth League? Let's root out all corruption and doubt wherever it raises it's monstrous head!

  • johane254 - 2011-07-27 15:05

    Shivambu and Malema, not Black People, are corrupt and superstitious human beings with no potential to develop and engage in conscious social, political and economic issues confronting South Africa.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-07-27 15:05


  • Deon - 2011-07-27 15:06

    Holy crap! We know they usually pull a rabbit out of a hat to divert attention, but this time they've pulled all the rabbits out of all the hats. It seems someone hit a nerve... The problem is these childish ANCYL antics are now going so so far beyond ridiculousness that it's getting increasingly difficult to comment and/or digest this slime we're being fed day after day. These days all my possible solutions to the ANCYL problem ends with a flame thrower and a very bad attitude.

  • edalsg - 2011-07-27 15:07

    The Most useless GIT in the Land is ZUMA !!! He Justs Laughs and does NOTHING. One ounce of presidential authority and Mallie would have been FIRED (Hopefully with real bullets). Its time for a Tax Boycott in this country .

  • denlyn - 2011-07-27 15:08

    Whole lot of cods whollup. Ill gotten gains. The earlier millionaires worked for their wealth. They did not get it through back door tenders etc.

  • gmain - 2011-07-27 15:08

    eish... the poor anc...yl. it must be hard being so uneducated in the modern world.

  • SHANE HAY - 2011-07-27 15:08

    The ANC Youth League criticised City Press newspaper on Wednesday, calling its journalists and editor "puppets" of "masters" bent on protecting ill-gotten wealth. Isn't this exactly what the ANCYL is doing?? Very Funny

  • Born To Fish - 2011-07-27 15:09

    You do not know what a Imperialist is! Your leader is a Imperialist Idiot!

  • Bok Fan - 2011-07-27 15:10

    The fruit league at its best

  • Lekabisto - 2011-07-27 15:11

    Big words Floyd, wonder if you even know what half of them means?

  • Paul - 2011-07-27 15:11

    I think the Ruperts should take him on in court, see who runs out of money first