Malema's white mentee sends SMS threat

2012-04-08 19:45

Johannesburg - If it was a big moment for 17-year-old Jonathan Ovadia to be called on to the stage by his ­self-proclaimed mentor, Julius Malema, he isn’t talking about it.

Neither is Malema nor the ANC Youth League.

Ovadia, who is a Grade 11 pupil at King David Victory Park High School in Johannesburg, is described by classmates as someone who seems to be conservative in his political views and who mixes with friends with a similar outlook on life.

At least three expressed surprise that Ovadia would want to be Malema’s right-hand man, although he is known by some of his friends to be very supportive of the suspended-again youth league president whom he “defends vehemently”.

Just over a week ago, his Facebook profile still showed that he “liked” the page, “1 000 000 against Julius Malema”, but that was subsequently removed after he became an overnight sensation when Malema “outed” Ovadia as his protégé.

The only other possible indication of Ovadia’s politics on Facebook is the pro-Israel page, “United with Israel”, listed under his interests.

How Malema came to hook up with the young man he told an audience at the Witwatersrand University at the end of last month he is mentoring in “radical politics”, remains unclear.

Someone at the school said it’s likely that Ovadia chose to shadow Malema for a project every pupil in the class had to do.

Ovadia left the hall soon after he was called on stage by Malema, and he appeared a little uncertain of how to act as television cameras and photographers focused on him in the minute or two he was in the spotlight.

He refused to talk to the media then, and he still does so now – much like his mentor.

Legal action

When called on Wednesday, Ovadia said he would consider telling his story, but the following day, when pressed for an interview, he threatened legal action via SMS: “Prior to you writing any story in any way affiliated to my self, please be aware that I have sought legal advise (sic) and have been made aware that any article that may affect my reputation negatively will be the subject of a defamation claim and I will Pursue (sic) same vigilantly against both the writer and the publisher.

“Please note further that any statements taken from my so-called school mates is hearsay and further subject to a similar claim. I will release a statement when I am ready . . .”

This is somewhat more elaborate than the SMSes his mentor, Malema, sends, which usually read: “Non (sic) of your business.”


If Malema was keen to make good in the past few weeks for having been accused by some in the ANC last year of alienating minorities at the ballot box, events in recent days have overtaken the spin.

Ovadia’s introduction to the public was supposed to prove Malema’s new-found love for white people, whom, he said, should not be driven into the sea.

League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy, who was earlier in the week keen to promote the ANCYL's  image as that of an organisation that accepts all race groups, sounded somewhat overrun when she was called again on the matter - one day after Malema’s temporary suspension and gagging was announced.

“It isn’t part of our programme of action right now to speak about Jonathan,” she said.

Her colleague, Floyd Shivambu, was foul-tempered when asked how Malema and Ovadia met. Shivambu wanted to know why the information should be public.

“There is nothing to say. Please don’t call me about it again, please,” he said irritably.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-08 20:09

    Everyone knows Malema is just using this fool to make him self look good

      Squeegee - 2012-04-08 20:29

      This is a 17 yo boy who has got in over his head.

      Assegai - 2012-04-08 20:35

      Funny how his Facebook profile disappeared............with all that Harvard BS....... The Headmaster at King David probably was very embarrassed by a pupil in his school tarnishing the whole schools reputation with this scam. King David is probably one of the 3 best schools in our country and I very much doubt if the Jewish Elite want their name linked to stuff like this..... This is a scam! An ANCYL scam!

      Jack - 2012-04-08 20:53

      I thought it was an April Fool's Joke!

      planetdonovan - 2012-04-08 21:33

      this story is obviously a fabrication, since Floyd Shivambu did not swear at the journalist.

      michal.mierzwa - 2012-04-09 09:33

      Do you know what Michael Jackson and Malema have in common? They both like teen protégé

      Morne - 2012-04-09 10:21

      JM brainwashing white kids, muti must be working!

      Irene - 2012-04-09 12:56

      Fatboy has taught him well if this little tosser is starting with 'threats'. Quite frankly if I was the headmaster of such a prestigious school, I'd expel this little w@nker.

      somersetmorkel - 2012-04-09 15:24

      Young gullible idiot backing a lost cause...

      joneethling - 2012-04-09 20:37

      Oh wow, this is big news. Can't wait for the next headline.

      Ray - 2012-04-10 09:36

      Jack,so did I.

      Boeretroos - 2012-04-10 14:01

      Maybe Malema is mentoring the white chap to take over the ancyl? Dommie en Dommerer ?

  • Logan Porter - 2012-04-08 20:10

    What does (sic) in the news articles mean. Anyone know?

      Glyn - 2012-04-08 20:19

      Did you go to school in the Eastern Cape? Or what?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-08 20:20

      (sic) is used to indicate that the quote or passage has been retained in its original form including spelling errors or unconventional spelling.

      carl.v.rooyen - 2012-04-08 20:25

      @ Glyn- that't just a bit rude, we don't go ripping off your total lack of knowledge of quantum physics? If I say bohr atomic radius do you know what it means? Everyone has a different area of knowledge - asking a question ,well there is nothing wrong with that . Logan it means spoken in context and is used to point out the the writer of an article has directly quoted speech without correcting any grammatical errors - "Did you go to school in the Eastern Cape? Or What" (sic)

      Lynette - 2012-04-08 20:57

      Glyn, don't generalise about the Eastern Cape schools. There happen to be some excellent ones, private and model C schools here. They are not all bad as you suggest.

      Barefoot - 2012-04-08 21:10

      why would any sane person give a thumbs down to a legitimate question, i sense there are a lot of kids in this comment

      Frank - 2012-04-08 21:20

      It means the person was vomiting at the time.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-09 10:43

      it means you can vomit at this time

      Zyklon85 - 2012-04-09 11:23

      @glyn or @douchebag Schools in the Eastern Cape have some of the oldest running schools in the country and are some of the best. Only last month, my school, Queens College was selected as one of the best 100 schools up to grade 12 in the world. There is only 1 more from South Africa on that list. It is also one of the oldest school's in the country. So go ahead and look up Queens College in Queenstown. Back in the day we had borders from Australia, England and Canada coming to our school. Not to mention other schools like Selborne High and Dale College.. So catch a wake up

      Sam - 2012-04-09 12:36

      The Latin word 'sic' means 'thus' - ie, as others said earlier, it's something that is quoted or reported as per the original, including errors.

      Tanya - 2012-04-09 14:35

      My colleague once told me (sic) means that they (the journalist or whoever) is quoting what the person is saying/writing word for word, even when there is a spelling error or they are using the wrong tense/word/ grammer eg the word that this white teenager should have written in his SMS should be "advice" not "advise" etc. I first thought that my colleague was wrong but now whenever I see the word (sic) I make an effort to "spot the mistake" and there normally is one! Lol

      steve.dupreez - 2012-04-09 15:54

      Logan = the old saying "rather a fool for a moment than a fool for ever"?? Glyn will always be the fool!

      Gavin - 2012-04-09 16:16

      @ Zyklon85....must be a very special school. Not many have "borders" (sic) ;-) (Just joking BTW, my son also went to Queens)

      Rob - 2012-04-09 18:36

      Oh, come on, you fuddyduddies, Glyn was making a joke and a good one at that. Logan, instead of making an ass of yourself, just google it. Better than exposing your ignorance. Frank, good one!

      Felix - 2012-04-10 12:34

      Mike - 2012-04-10 15:15

      sic is when your spelling is not well

      Sagebrush - 2012-04-11 14:22

      @Zyklon 'Ingonyama'

  • Tim - 2012-04-08 20:10

    Probably just a pathetic attempt by Malema to court white support and funding.

  • Nombuso Sangqu - 2012-04-08 20:12

    wow i neva expected dis......

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-10 13:28

      come on trevor noah use this in your next show already

  • Econwald - 2012-04-08 20:13

    I like this Guy

      Dawn - 2012-04-08 20:31

      What about him,do you like Econwald...?????

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-08 20:20

    just another opportunistic whitey, like the dewars and the watsons, jockeying to make sure they get a piece of the pie when their chosen one comes to power.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-08 20:33

    Sounds like a script for Nollywood production

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-08 20:34

    No Dawn I am like you I just write comments for my own amusement and to piss people...if you going to sarcastic go large or go home

      Dawn - 2012-04-08 20:36

      At this hour my darling!!!! I'm home already

  • Ian - 2012-04-08 20:36

    watch this little commie wannabee fall down the stairs at school, its coming, just watch

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-08 20:39

    Dawn I haven't I had such a good verbal duel in a long time a bow to a master

  • Dawn - 2012-04-08 20:44 I enjoyed that too..I bow to you..keep well..

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-08 20:57

    this is so funny, this jungster ended his political career before he started it.

  • Genko - 2012-04-08 21:18

    Since this story was first published on April 1st I thought this guy was the News24 April Fools joke! A grand example of truth being stranger than fiction.

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-09 10:25


  • Dawn - 2012-04-08 21:35

    Good one @Jayson...send me your bbm pin (lol)

      Jayson - 2012-04-08 21:37


  • Scouter - 2012-04-08 21:46

    King David's High are obviously now teaching Houtwerk to matric level ....

  • kristy.woodhead - 2012-04-08 22:41

    I don't usually respond but I have just reached a point after reading this tripe. Such sensationalism. This sort of antagonising article reeks of the shameful misues of a platform meant to report back unbiasedly. The reactive words selected to describe the set of events that took place whilst trying to acquire this story that includes young ignorant individuals, does not cleverly hide the emotion of the reporter. From the gist of this article its weedy and thin, with strong words to puff it up. Shameful and irresponsible as it leads a crowd to follow those same feelings. Put something up of relevance and use or don't put anything at all! Were we not all brought up under the same Africa sky? Please enlighten what was trying to be said here in the article? To prove what exactly? That a kid is out of his depth and resorting to legal advise on how to respond to something that is terrifying and life altering for him? That an over exposed fool, pawn in a chess set - ex president ANCYL member gives us his typical standard, not to mention predictable reply and Floyd trying to take a back seat which comes across in your phone that can read irritable tones, that if you actually look at it - is really not that important at all! Please research, find something of use and then share. There is a word called 'Reaching'- and this article reeks of it.

      Rob - 2012-04-09 17:20

      @kristy - woodhead by name and woodhead by nature. It comes as a relief to hear that you don`t usually respond. I too have reached a point - where I will be pleasantly surprised and somewhat satisfied to know that I may never read another of your comments again.

      Byron - 2012-04-09 17:32

      @rob - with a name like 'bantjies', you have the nerve to mock her name? - that's a bit of a stretch ... and then taking such a rigid stance to her comment, the least you could have done was be a little more flexible on a public forum such as this

  • william 2012 - 2012-04-09 00:23


  • Grace - 2012-04-09 05:09

    He chose a white boy to 'prove' he doesn't hate whites. He made sure the white boy was Jewish to prove he's not another 'Hitler'. All a tactical move lol... Thinks we all too stupid to see through it. What a JOKE.

  • Jean - 2012-04-09 06:59

    Malema24, again, again and again, cnt thîs ANC get rid of this racist, am about to vacate South Africa, nt as a white but as a non-south african, he's got childish talk, wtf!!!!!!!!!

  • Justin McCabe - 2012-04-09 07:20

    So so so so so glad I'm not in SA any more.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-09 11:34

      Squeegee, that made me laugh.

      Themba - 2012-04-09 13:55

      And you are still craning your neck to check what is going in SA? That means you are miserable wherever you are. Come back! All is forgiven

      CoronaSherona - 2012-04-09 18:48

      Themba, you are a frikkin legend my man. That is a comment worthy of a 1000 kudos.

      Brett - 2012-04-09 19:46

      I don't blame you for leaving. Don't listen to these morons, its just sour grapes on their part.

      acsteyn - 2012-04-10 14:39

      Justin, you are missing all the fun. Where are you? Clearly there is no Malema there?

  • Mewik - 2012-04-09 08:35

    I thought this was an April fools joke??? A Jewish boy and our very own Hippo Eating Hitler on one team!! Oh how this burns my nostrils with its stench of irony. I reckon Juliass must have hired himself an ex-WWF script writer to cook up such gems for us.

  • Blane - 2012-04-09 09:29

    Barbara Cartland strikes again :-)

  • chimzyn - 2012-04-09 09:50

    and if malema aint worth it, why do they keep talking about him? And why do you care? Lol! We must admit that julius malema is undifeatable. If he was just a little twerp, they would'ev kicked him out for good, unfortunately he worth it. So admit.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-09 11:36

      Chimzyn, can you imagine us being without Malema?. I hope he stays.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-09 10:08

    If I were Master Ovadia I think I would consider it a sensible precaution never to travel in the same car as young Julius ....... African political conflict resolution being what it is.

  • Deon - 2012-04-09 10:18

    Thought it was a APRIL fool joke.

  • Siegeknives - 2012-04-09 10:35

    I can't speak for anyone else but, I could not care less about the political opinion of a 17 year old. Another instance of Malema's name in the news for no real reason. Kid, hope you jump off Malema's band wagon while you still can, because what this world needs is intelligent, hard working people, out there making a differance in peoples lives. Not another publicity stunt.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-09 10:51

    The errors of spelling and grammar in the comments are scary. Whether we like it or not, English is the language used in business all over the world, and some people have to learn it as a third language and use it much better than a lot of people here, where it is supposed to be an official language. I am sure we make a great impression!

      Scouter - 2012-04-09 11:27

      Quite correct Bruce. 'SMS speak' together with Political Correctness, are the two great curses of this age.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-09 11:27

    Floyd said please?. I can hardly believe it.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-09 11:36

    Have tghe news media got so little to report on that we are still being subjected to stories with Malema's name in the headline? Or is Malema actually paying the media to publish something about him on a daily basis? After all money talks and any publicity is better than no publicity at all. Malema's story has been done to death for the past few years and it is stale and boring. Enough already!!!!

  • Muruti - 2012-04-09 12:37

    There,s nothing wrong being a friend to julius malema.ppl bcom friends by choice

      Ditiro - 2012-04-09 13:01

      nahh don't be fooled pastor, this guy ovidia something is habouring dreams of being a mosat agent, he is just going about it the wrong way and he is still young and don't understand how things work, he will probably shoot malema

  • Muruti - 2012-04-09 12:37

    There,s nothing wrong being a friend to julius malema.ppl bcom friends by choice

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-09 12:46

    PRO-Israel & pro-Malema at the same time! Beyond confusion!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-04-09 12:47

    Mentee like mentor? Dictators who? This kid is looking for attention

      Bobo - 2012-04-09 15:16

      @ Hein : The Chocolate easter bunny is happy now...he recovered one of his fallen easter eggs.

  • Nasser - 2012-04-09 13:33

    Pro Israel and pro Malema - makes sense. Both are intransigent!

  • Matshekisa - 2012-04-09 14:33

    the boy love Malema, who cares.

  • Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-04-09 14:36

    If Ovadia was black, the story wouldnt have been told in the first place. Now its a big story, every1 wants 2 knw how n why they became frnds, bcoz he's white. Get a life u bloody racists. Ovadia has a right 2b frnds wt any1, even if he supports DA.. NXAA!!!

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-09 16:04

    Malema duped this guy and it back-fired on both of them. Jonathan did not know if he was coming or going or showed no idea why he was there in the first place.

  • mbulelo.sakati - 2012-04-09 17:41

    Wow my Juju wat They Want On You.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-09 17:57


  • Blip - 2012-04-09 18:34

    So Ovadia's only a Joburg schoolboy, and not a freshman at Harvard?

  • amukelani.piet - 2012-04-09 21:41

    juju s d man

  • Mark.Syzygy - 2012-04-10 07:43

    This kid doesn't even have a right to vote yet - how can you lambaste him so harshly for his political opinions?

  • Jaco - 2012-04-10 08:46

    What's with journalists these days, passing comment like "... he said irritably" above? I was taught comment was reserved for the editor, in the editorial. Journalists report facts, not pass comments on these facts. That does not seem to apply anymore. Kom Carlien, julle vergeet die basiese goed.

  • Marleen - 2012-04-10 09:06

    how is this news-worthy? does news24 really have to report news on every moron linked to malema as head news?

  • Sizwe - 2012-04-10 10:34

    I like this white boy Jonathan Ovadia..a typical revolutionary..It shows he is having a good heart towards humanity,.........

  • Adnaan - 2012-04-10 11:38

    How ironic Isreal policy = Landgrabs JUJU Policy = Landgrabs So much they have incommon. i think these will be a perfect match

      Boom - 2012-04-10 22:44

      Israel is not involved in land grabs. That is a vacuous and slanderous statement.

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-10 14:33

    Perhaps Malema thinks he has found a new faith and ally in Judaiasm? Alas, me-thinks he is incredibally wrong. As Dave would say, (Oops,can't say, this is not for children?)

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-10 14:36

    I bet Floyd Shivambu, was foul-tempered when asked how Malema and Ovadia met. After all Julius and Floyed are a lovely couple? Sies Julius you two a timer. And that with a nice white Jewish boy nogal?

  • Aya - 2012-04-10 15:59

    can you stop calling this kid a fool. Its his decision to be with Malema, just because you hate Malema it doesnt mean everybody hates him. u dont even know the kid but already u calling him names for the sake of Malema. Really.. u dont have to hate him that much as if he did somthing personally to you.. or it must be something above that...????

  • Neville - 2012-04-10 16:19

    @Aya Anyone who sings "kill the whites" should be treated with hatred by white people, yes. That is a reasonable thing to want to do. Would you love a white/black/indian person who sings "kill the .....(whatever race you are)?" Catch a wake up! Malema is evil and we all hate him. That is a reasonable thing to want to do to someone who wants to kill you, i promise!