Malema changes tune on Zuma charges

2012-05-14 16:54

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema would not mind if fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma were reopened now, he said on Monday.

"Well, if there is basis for corruption charges to be reinstated and for President Zuma to have his day in court, so be it," Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We are all equal before the law. Nobody is above the law."

In 2008, Malema reacted with outrage to fraud and corruption charges relating to an arms deal being brought against Zuma, saying he would kill for Zuma.

He later clarified that he would not actually kill, but that he wanted Zuma to have his freedom back.

The charges against Zuma were withdrawn shortly before he became president of the country because of allegations of political interference in the investigation.

Fair trial

Malema said the ANCYL went to Pietermaritzburg, where much of the trial played out, because it thought Zuma would not get a fair trial.

Since then, people responsible for a possibly unfair trial and Zuma's "persecution" had been "successfully removed".

"He is now running the state. He is in charge. So there is nobody who can abuse any power and make him not to get a fair trial," said Malema.

The league's support for Zuma at that time was not because of a personality cult, but was the defence of an individual who had been treated unfairly.

"If it could happen to him, it could happen to us...," he said.

Malema was with ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

Also with him was ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, who was suspended for one year over derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

  • Henri - 2012-05-14 16:58

    ENOUGH ALREADY, stop giving this troll airtime !!!!!

      marcelminnaar - 2012-05-14 17:05

      Always in the news for the wrong reasons... Try doing something, well politically awesome. Stop the gauteng tolls for example...

      Thabang - 2012-05-14 17:31

      Quoting Malema on the call to remove Mdluli. "Now our phones are being listened to. When you greet on the phone... then you must greet Mdluli.". Lol!!!!!!!

      Christelle - 2012-05-14 17:41

      What an embarrasment our leaders are turning out to be. If the world was a circus, we would have many contenders for ringmaster!!!

      Smili - 2012-05-14 18:03

      SHHH.... Mdluli is listening...

      Morne - 2012-05-14 18:31

      I wonder if they will share a cell. They can become great chess buddies, figuring out each others next move ;)

      Squeegee - 2012-05-14 19:58

      Backstabbing swine.

      Mark - 2012-05-18 08:53

      Zuma back-stabbed him... but I must say, for once I agree with Malema... Zuma must have his day in court.... very fishy the way the charges were dropped just so that he could become presedent...

  • Twain - 2012-05-14 16:58

    "Anything to get the heat off of me...", Malema added after the recorders were turned off.

      lownabester - 2012-05-14 17:13

      @Twain, You nailed it. Anyone but me, Please.....Thats what dear Julius are saying.

      Twain - 2012-05-14 17:29

      Once it looks like the only way to survive is to sacrifice someone else we'll start seeing these idiots turning on each other in some sort of cannibalistic orgy of awful.

      Chrissie - 2012-05-14 17:55

      AMEN!! You got it!! What a bunch of idiots!!!!!!

  • Kala - 2012-05-14 16:59

    The gloves are off. In the Blue Corner weighing in at 140kg, former ANCYL President Julias Big Mouth Malema!!!! In the Red corner weighing in at 170Kg, the man of many wives Jacob Showerhead Zuma!!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-05-14 17:43

      Your ref. for this boat is Mr Sexwale.....Round 1

  • Marion - 2012-05-14 17:03

    I actually haven't even read this article but I wish to say: a) the media is writing articles about Malema's press conference and turning each sentence into a new article. b) Malema needs to go have an MRI - very quickly. He's more brain damaged than I am.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-14 17:03

    Heh heh heh Zuma, will realise that he made the biggest mistake of his political career by trying to silence this young men..! He doesn't report to anyone and he can say anything...watching from the grand stand how is this going to play out in the end lol

      Bruce - 2012-05-14 17:40

      How long is he going to be called young? When do you stop being "young" in the ANC?

      Kala - 2012-05-14 18:53

      @Bruce - I think in Malemas case they can defer to his mental age capacity which is pegged at 13

  • George - 2012-05-14 17:03

    Eish, this Malema, she's confused. cANCer of the brain, eish.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-05-14 17:04

    Eish fat boy, your Pie hole are busy huh! Carefull, Bin Laden and Gadafi Died..... not TV....

  • Refilwe - 2012-05-14 17:10

    Shaik was found quilty for his corruption and it takes 2 to tankle.President Zuma must stop opposing every process that will ensure his prosecution.He must stand trial to clear his name in relation to the alleged corruption.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-14 17:10

    What a yellow turncoat he is. One minute when it suits he would die for Zuma and now look. It says a lot for his character and leadership. Heaven help us if he reemerges from the dead. I do agree about the reimposition of charges but have never made such claims as Malema did when it suited hi. Just a scumbag!!!

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-14 17:13

    malema will be way more effective outside diplomacy of the anc

      Nigel - 2012-05-14 17:32

      yea but he is too stupid to realize, this, or he doesn't want to be effective, he just wants the tenda money & friends in power.

  • Bruce - 2012-05-14 17:15

    The proverbial chameleon, and an erratic one at that!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-14 17:16

    will kill for Zuma, I will die for Zuma" seems the above is secretspeak for "I would not mind if fraud and corruption charges against Zuma are reopened" Gives new meaning to the term lost in translation...

  • Frank - 2012-05-14 17:16

    Re open the case against Zuma and re instate Malema into the party!

      Jo - 2012-05-14 19:48

      I conflicted between a thumbs up and a thumbs down... what to do?

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-05-14 17:17

    Malema would kill to see Zuma charged with corruption. He's been crazy all along but some were in a state of denial. But today Malema confirmed my suspicions: He's truly crazy!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-14 17:18

    hey.I cant believe this.Politics.This dark cloud around Mr Jacob Zuma will never go away until he has his day in court.

      Piet - 2012-05-14 17:21

      This might be the third force. That dark cloud. But then again you still voted fot them.

  • Piet - 2012-05-14 17:19

    You have to go andjoin the DA bra Juju!

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-05-14 17:28

    Y only now juju.

      sam.shiburi - 2012-05-14 17:38

      I think juju malema he wa better than zuma

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-05-14 17:29

    I now understand why julius malema was ancyl.....give him his blankie and let him dooks

  • mmosia - 2012-05-14 17:30

    Malema ke; "O lapile?", "Ee". "O kgotse?", "Ee".

      Comrade - 2012-05-14 17:48

      You want to impress racists by insulting one of your own,you must be very stupid mmosiA

      Smili - 2012-05-14 18:54

      Condom Comrade STFU and get out!

  • Nigel - 2012-05-14 17:31

    HAHAAHAAA, HEHEOOOOOO, "he said "we are all equal before the law" hahahahahahaha, did you hear that?

  • Thabo - 2012-05-14 17:33

    Haunting condom, lol!

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  • Mark - 2012-05-14 17:35

    For once, I agree with this Fascist Populist Opportunist.

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  • Rhyno - 2012-05-14 17:42

    Interestingly, he was envited by the Press Club today. There just isn't enough news out there at the moment, so the media want's to get back to the "good old days" when Malema provided so much for them to write about. This is ridiculous. They may as well have had an interview with the AWB leader. Whoever he is...thats about where his influence stretches.

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  • Njabulo - 2012-05-14 17:52

    Reading this headline gives one the wrong impression,clearly Malema was responding to a question not that he wants the charges reinstated obviously if there's new evidence they cases should be reopened like any other case,he was taken out of context

      Lotus - 2012-05-15 11:16

      Welcome to the world of journalism my dear,if it came out of your mouth it can be quoted and used in an article as your opinion,you said it.

  • Piet - 2012-05-14 17:54

    And they said the DA does cheap politics....the ANC is tarting to behave like school childrengetting ready for a fight.

  • joeballito - 2012-05-14 17:54

    This is good....The split weakens the anc more.There is hope for D.P. in 2018 elections.....

  • Hermann - 2012-05-14 17:58

    Who cares about Malema's opinion, he is a political optimist and far from honest.

  • Claudio - 2012-05-14 18:02

    Not quite sure I get this logic. So the man ( Zuma ) might have commited crimes of fraud and corruption. As long as we are mates then it is absurd, a witchhunt, disrespectful and racist to even suggest such an enquiry should take place. Now that we have fallen out of favour, it is quite acceptable to make these same accusations and prosecute him if necessary. I am assuming that Malema would use the same logic if he were ( god forbid ) to become president. Don't you just love these clowns?

  • Solomon - 2012-05-14 18:06

    I do not know much about law but can someone explain to me when a person's actions are TANTAMOUNT to defeating the course of Justice.Is it not when his/her omissions or commissions hamstrung the attainment of the prescribed legal conclusions?

  • indianajohn - 2012-05-14 18:07

    I really, honestly think he should see a professional head doctor. Really. How else do you explain any of this.

      tsholo.talane - 2012-05-15 12:14

      You can go to any Dr. / shrink, they will tell you that theres no cure for stupidity.

  • Qhama Sontundu - 2012-05-14 18:07

    its amazing just how most white people dislike malema

      Crracker - 2012-05-14 18:18

      If Zuma can hate him others can too. What has colour to do with it?

      Coenraad - 2012-05-14 18:19

      The reasons are obvious. Dont be stupid sir. Be realistic. He is a racist. And only cares for his own interest.

      Coenraad - 2012-05-14 18:19

      The reasons are obvious. Dont be stupid sir. Be realistic. He is a racist. And only cares for his own interest.

      Coenraad - 2012-05-14 18:19

      The reasons are obvious. Dont be stupid sir. Be realistic. He is a racist. And only cares for his own interest.

      sizwe.nyembe - 2012-05-14 18:45

      Qhana Sontundu, i am 26, black and poor, and i hate Julius Malema with passion. If i had a gun with two bullets i would shoot him twice in the head.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-15 08:16

      Sizwe, that would not help, because if he falls someone will jump into his place. We have to hope that either he will see that his utterances are daft or those little men in their clean white coats will come and take him away! Ha ha.

  • Fairness - 2012-05-14 18:13

    Its amazing how most black people cant see through malema

  • Fairness - 2012-05-14 18:17

    My post is directed @ Qhama Sontundu. Don't generalize.

  • Anele - 2012-05-14 18:25

    Puppet he was,puppet he is and puppet he wll always be.DONE

  • Luvo - 2012-05-14 18:28

    This young bugger is taking the citizens of SA for completely dumb fools. This sounds more like a love relationship turned sour. When he and JZ were buddy-buddy he was prepared to mobilize the youth to die for JZ and now that the "love affair" has gone southwards he wants the guy prosecuted. Malema and his cohorts were very instrumental at having JZ's charges turned down by the courts. He knew very well that JZ was guilty as sin but proceeded to defend him. Leave us, the SA citizenry out of your dirty games, enough about the circus we've got our own lives to run

      phet.orosco - 2012-05-14 22:34

      Yah neh!

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  • Rob - 2012-05-14 18:34

    Earlier news reports indicated that 'fat boy' has said that he would become the next 'leader' of the ANC.... Dream on Fattie - do you realise the 'might'of the ANC that you are battling against?. I would not be surprised if you were in 'jail' within the next 6 months.. Pay your Taxes and your debt's before you shout off your mouth... Your 'support base' is not what you think it is... You are still a 'clownn'.....

  • tpworld.myworld - 2012-05-14 18:41

    ANC mission is lost, the only thing left is destruction among themselves and it create bad image to the country

  • Tintsoalo KayoWachris Baloyi - 2012-05-14 19:15

    hahahaha I cant help but laugh! Make way Trevor Noah. juju does not even have to try to be funny,it just so natural for him,comedy!

  • Sonja - 2012-05-14 19:16

    Whahahahahahahaha this little piggy malema gets more rediculous by the day.!!! hahahahahahahaha

  • Joe - 2012-05-14 19:18

    What a vindictive idiot..... with double standards...How could anyone trust this man as a future Head of State.... Suggest Malema finds a hole in Limpopo and climbs in.

  • Werner Lategan - 2012-05-14 19:39

    I wish the press would stop wasting time on this idiot.

  • Andricca - 2012-05-14 20:39

    So you guys in here believes your emotions reaches out to Malema as you clamor for attention or is just about something to do with relieving yourself from diabolic spirits that dwells in you

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-14 22:21

    Why is n24 giving this chop airtime?

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  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-15 08:55

    The ANC/ANCYL joke continue's. I'm so glad people like this don't claim to represent me and my kind, it would be so embarrassing.