Malema: Communication failure with ANC

2012-01-10 12:28

Johannesburg - A "communication breakdown" was behind the absence of the ANC Youth League's message of support in the ruling party's centenary booklet, embattled ANCYL president Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

Malema was speaking on SAfm's midmorning talk show about the ANCYL's contribution in shaping the African National Congress's agenda during South Africa's liberation struggle.

"There was a communication breakdown because we only learnt about the need to submit the message on the Friday before the 8th [of January]," said Malema.

"We thought even if we were to write something quickly... it was practically impossible [to meet the January 3 deadline for submission]," he said.

Message too late for printers

"We didn't know we were supposed to submit before January 3. Sometimes there is a communication breakdown, but there are many ways to communicate and that's why we have put the message on the ANCYL website."

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Monday that the ANCYL's message reached the printers too late to be included in the booklet.

He said the ANC had received all messages except those from the ANC Women's League and the ANCYL by the January 3 deadline.

Malema was also asked about a Saturday Star report that he called ANC leaders baboons during an address at a mini rally in Bloemfontein last week.

He said that if he had indeed said this it would not have been missed by the many other journalists who reported on his address.

"If I had said it [the baboon comments], Sophie Mokoena [a seSotho speaking journalist] wouldn't have missed that... and the other journalists who were there...

"I was made to understand the person who reported that was quite[a] junior reporter ... and didn't understand Sotho and relied on anyone standing by to interpret for her... which was very unprofessional," he said.

Retraction demanded

Malema said he was disturbed that some ANC leaders believed he had said what was published in the newspaper without taking the initiative to verify the report with him.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe was quoted by City Press on Sunday as criticising the name-calling of party leaders.

Malema said the ANCYL had written to the Saturday Star demanding a retraction and that if the newspaper did not respond, it would approach the Press Ombudsman.

The Saturday Star's news editor could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-10 12:35

    Well sounds about right...if he had to string a sentance together probably take the better half of 2 years - heaven forbid we ask him to join two pieces of wood together

      Had - 2012-01-10 13:11

      Hilarious - you might want to learn how to spell "sentence" before you take the piss out of the woodwork genius for his lack of literary skills !

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-10 14:15

      Amusingly the word "sentance" DOES have a meaning: "a string of words that does not satisfy the grammatical rules of a language" - maybe after all that is what our Juliass does anyway.....:-)

      Lynton - 2012-01-10 14:23

      LOL @ Xavier..makes his original comment all the more humorous :)

  • Willie - 2012-01-10 12:40

    Julius when you think are are bigger than the game...there is always someone bigger and better ask any politician / rugbyplayer / Soccer player / Boxer. YOU are never better than the game - Lessons learned...did you???

      Walter - 2012-01-10 13:34

      He's never going to "learn his lesson" and is an immature, arrogant, postulating idiot without too much brain. It seems to me that the ANC hierarchy are biding their time........ give him a rope and hopefully plunge into political oblivion.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-10 12:45

    Can the media get a life and stop sowing devisions where they do not exists within the ANC! We know that bad news sells but you must not do it at the expense of the only movement that is our peoples last hope! We will not be distracted by this in our quest for economic freedom in our lifetime!

      Kala - 2012-01-10 12:53

      Phumezo - In case you haven't noticed, Juju has reached economic freedom and he isn't going to hang around and wait for you to join him. I suggest you start looking for a job and create your own economic freedom.

      Piet - 2012-01-10 12:56

      Phumezo, you are voting for your leaders economic freedom which they have reached 17 years ago. They have not joined the struggle to be poor!

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:03

      @Phumezo - I feel for you my friend. This ANC is not the one you voted for to come into power in 1994. This one has only greed and power on their mind. As Kala says, if you want Economic Freedom, you will have to take control of your own life and go out their and make it happen. There are many opportunities out there, but it will mean hard work and a little bit of sacrifice. Mr Malema does not know any of this. He didn't work for his wealth, it was handed to him on a silver platter.

      Wouter - 2012-01-10 13:13

      Wake up & smell the roses!!

      Johan - 2012-01-10 13:17

      Phumezo, I need some help please. What does this "economic freedom" actually mean?

      Shirley - 2012-01-10 13:19

      So you admit Juju is bad news???????

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-01-10 13:26

      lol - Phumezo, the 'economic freedom' that has been promised will be like the champagne on Sunday - only for the leaders, and the masses must salute with their fists...

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:37

      @Frans - That is funny and sad at the same time, as it seems to be absolutely true. Who that supports the ANC has benefited financially in the last 10 years? Not the public, not the people, only the guys currently driving the black SUV's with blue lights.

      Felix - 2012-01-10 13:42

      Guys chill, Pumz here is getting good cash to write this diatribe.

      Daft - 2012-01-10 13:42

      U want economic freedom cause u tooo frikken lazy to work !!

      Mike - 2012-01-10 14:19

      Pumezo If the ANC represents your last hope for economic freedom, then prepare yourselves for utter disappointment. ANC supporters have 'elected' a government consisting of a bunch of self serving thieves and scoundrels, who are not interested in sharing their ill-gotten wealth with you, in any way, shape or form. I think it's fair to say that if the average South African thinks critically about his or her new-found democratic fortune, it isn't shaping up to anything like that which was promised. If we are to succeed, we need a new moral compass, where all our government leaders, accept responsibility for their failures, and change their course of action. Currently, our leaders show a distinct lack of regard for this all important value.

      Kagisho - 2012-01-10 14:26

      @Phumezo, there is an excuse for lack of understanding but none for ignorance... what you are merely saying is either the failure of the ANCLY, ANCWL or the late communication between the ANC and the earlier mentioned wings never existed and that the media is reporting wrong information? I just read this from the ANCYL president: "There was a communication breakdown because we only learnt about the need to submit the message on the Friday before the 8th [of January]," said Malema. "We thought even if we were to write something quickly... it was practically impossible [to meet the January 3 deadline for submission]," he said." Honestly reading from that - there is no need for an external party to sow divisions within the ANC... The ANC has started to divide itself for sometime now...

  • Lordwick - 2012-01-10 12:47

    This is the second powerfull man in Africa....suspended or not,his voice is still roaring like a lion's!!!

      Sky - 2012-01-10 12:58

      Lord - wick ! Something is terribley wrong with you.

      Citroes - 2012-01-10 13:04

      That's the funniest thing I've read in awhile. He's more like a Hyena - cowardly and opportunistic, stealing and scavenging. An eater of carrion. He doesn't roar, he mewls. And he smells bad.

      Michael - 2012-01-10 13:07

      More like a yapping poodle. All noise, no real bite...

      Scatmanza - 2012-01-10 13:26

      How is it queuing outside of UJ

      Mr C - 2012-01-10 13:39

      guys, he has a semi automatic rifle as his profile picture... you expect him to have brains too? TROLL

      Felix - 2012-01-10 13:43

      Wow, only two powerfull men in Africa? I don't think so.

      Daft - 2012-01-10 13:58

      Are u "Lordwick" or "Lordick" ???

      Kagisho - 2012-01-10 14:38

      @Lordwick - I am sorry but i think you watch too much of action movies, please refrain and first go for counselling and then get back to reality. word of advise... google is for free kindly get your facts straight (?? This is the second powerful man in Africa??)!

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 12:51

    Maybe the ANC does not want you anymore?

  • DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 12:54

    This man is so ignorant. Don't you get it Mr Malema, you embarrassed the ANC and they DON'T want you to say anything further. Don't you get the indirect message?

      Lordwick - 2012-01-10 13:06

      @Diemouth,You really don't get hey!!!Why was julias allowed to speak to the people in the gathering in Bloemfontein,on who's behalf was talking,why was he with Fikile Mbalula when doing that....if he's really suspended from ANC how can they expect him to deliver the message "while suspended"....Don't you get this?

      Andre - 2012-01-10 13:09

      They suspended him, that is a DIRECT message and he still didnt get it.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:18

      @Lordwick - I DO get it. I think you don't get politics. This is an internal struggle in the ANC for power. Melama wants it and Zuma doesn't want to give it up. It has nothing to do with his suspension or Fikile. You are obviously not seeing the tug of war going on, which is sad as you proof that people voting for the ANC do so with ignorance and falseness. Think for yourself, don't let these bunch of politicians pull you around by the nose!

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:23

      And BTW, he did not speak in Bloemfontein, he spoke in Thaba Nchu. That is more than 60 km away from Bloemfontein.

  • Piet - 2012-01-10 12:54

    Missing a 100 year deadline!

  • alison.heyns - 2012-01-10 12:56

    The fact that the ANC Youth League missed the deadline for the 'message of support' in the ruling party's centenary booklet is inexcusable as they had 100 years to prepare for it!!!!!!! The ANC and ANCYL will always be in disarray due to in-fighting, greed and corruption, which will ultimately lead to their downfall.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-01-10 13:36

      good point... they did not think the Friday before the function is a bit late to be submitting something which has to go into a printed brochure? especially if the function is on Sunday... wow - they did not get the invitiation to submit a message of support.. sounds fake, doesn't it... ok comrades, you are invited to send your messages of support...

  • alison.heyns - 2012-01-10 12:57

    The fact that the ANC Youth League missed the deadline for the 'message of support' in the ruling party's centenary booklet is inexcusable as they had 100 years to prepare for it!!!!!!! The ANC and ANCYL will always be in disarray due to in-fighting, greed and corruption, which will ultimately lead to their downfall.

  • STYLEbudd - 2012-01-10 13:00

    Why tell me why is this idiot even given a voice in SA, especially by anything or anyone from the ANC. He is an embarrassment to our youth and to our nation

  • Truth24 - 2012-01-10 13:00

    Juliaaas. this isn't primary school anymore. homework need to be in on time boy.

  • MastersVoice - 2012-01-10 13:05

    Who is Julius Malema?

  • MissGremlin - 2012-01-10 13:05

    If he is hoping to have his suspension overturned on appeal, he is going about it in the wrong way. Communication failure my arse...

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  • Lloyd - 2012-01-10 13:10

    that's not really it???

  • Lordwick - 2012-01-10 13:12

    It looks to me that the majority of news24 are only checking this site specifically for malema because as soon as malema is posted on this site,then after 10 minutes it will have more than 15 comments posted. "Giggling".

      Deon - 2012-01-10 13:17

      We need some comic relieve in SA.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:29

      @Lordwick - That includes you, Sir!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-01-10 13:53

      well he is South Africa's answer to Bart Simpson... and the only reason i did not say Homer is because that position is allready filled by someone with a striking resemblance... we demand our daily dose of comic relief by the simpsons...if it wasn't so sad it would be funny...

      Power - 2012-01-10 14:01

      Absolutely true Lordwick - he is such an excellent Stand-Up Comedian!!! Everyone laughs when he makes his hilarious comments !!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-10 13:18

    Gee whizz!...."even if we had written something quickly we would of missed deadline"-I know juju failed wood work etc but how long did they need????????????? Its not as if they didnt know about it for months in advance! That has got to be the dumbest piece of spin from this "highly intellegent" clown ive heard!

  • phumlani.mbatha - 2012-01-10 13:18

    how many times do you ever hear about the ANCWL (women's league) on the news. i only hear abou them when its women's day, voting time, their member has passed away or when they have done something wrong. i want to challenge them to start doing something news worthy,and be active in the true sense of the word. we love you ANCWL.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-10 13:30

      You write a list of the ANCWL's failures then finish with "We love you ANCWL." No wonder they are useless if you are the sort of member they rely on.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:31

      @Phumlani - I agree with you. There are so many causes that they can get their organization into the news like woman and child abuse, corrective rape, rape, sexism and more..... Maybe it is time they organize a rally for one of these causes.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-10 13:46

      @Jeffrey - I respect Phumlani for voicing the failures. If the ANC did what Phumlani did now we would have seen a complete different situation.

  • Moeti - 2012-01-10 13:21

    part of discipline

  • Leon - 2012-01-10 13:32

    the ANCYL would have made the deadline,but they could not find anyone in the organization who could READ and WRITE!

  • jack.kukard - 2012-01-10 13:39

    Is this crooked kid not suspended.....Just asking

      Deon - 2012-01-10 13:46

      His suspension is under appeal and will only be final once the appeal is concluded. Let us hope it does not take 5 years.

  • Daniel - 2012-01-10 13:43

    I am beginning to feel like that maybe the ANC senior leadership and NOT the ANCYL are who we should fear. Up to the point when Malema stopped siding with them, everything was fine. Malema changes his tune, all of a sudden, the ANCYL is snubbed, everybody jumps on the bandwagon. The Mantashe-Zuma-Blade Alliance is not as holy as some of the people may believe. The good thing about Malema is that he plays with his cards open. I am not sure if the other group is so open. Hopefully democracy won't be the casualty!!

      Mtizozo - 2012-01-10 13:57

      Danie, nio need to stress, YL is gpoing no where, leaders know that and they like the existence of the leag.

  • Mike - 2012-01-10 13:56

    If you "only heard on the Friday before the 8th" which is the 6th, I would say it was more than obvious you would not make the 3rd deadline. Even "writing something quick" had no chance!

  • Phillip - 2012-01-10 14:02

    Leave our future President alone Mr Malema alone stop throwing the stinking egggs on him

      Andrew Sheppard - 2012-01-10 17:03

      Phillip, you have two stinky eggs of your own. Mullet!!

  • Mr C - 2012-01-10 14:11

    ag Malema - your brain has communication failure with the rest of your body... like when to stop eating, or when to SHUT UP

  • Mike - 2012-01-10 14:29

    He can speak???????????????

  • Marais Van den Berg - 2012-01-10 19:02

    Yeah, right...whatever...

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