Malema hands memo to JSE

2011-10-27 18:07

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema handed a memorandum of grievances to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Thursday.

"The people who are stealing our wealth must come on stage," Malema said from the back of a truck converted into a stage outside the JSE in Sandton.

"Down with white capital monopoly," he chanted.

The crowd chanted "Juju, Juju".

An official from the JSE received the memorandum from Malema at 17:15.

"Thank you for the opportunity. We will take your demands to the executive," he said.

This upset the crowd who started singing Dubul'ibhunu (shoot the boer), which has been declared hate speech by a court.

"Our demands are clear and they must respond as soon as possible," Malema said.

"We have come peacefully and we hope they can respect that."

Malema said the crowd of thousands would rest for about an hour before continuing their trek to Pretoria.

"From here we are going to Pretoria. Every 10km we are going to stop and rest," he said.

Thandi Maseko, 50, from Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg, said she had been waiting at the JSE since the morning after travelling there by bus.

She had lived in a shack for five years and lived in Thembelihle for 21 years.

"I hope my involvement in this march will make it possible for me to get a house. We are not supporting Malema here, we are taking part in a march to bring changes in our country."

She said she would travel to Pretoria by bus to join in the rest of the marchers.

Malema visited Thembelihle last week to drum up support for the "economic freedom" march. Some marchers vowed to walk to Pretoria, while others said they were too tired.

"I can't, I'm too tired," said a man wearing an ANC hat and an ANC fleece blanket around his neck.

The plan was to walk to Pretoria, about 50km from Johannesburg, where a night vigil was expected to be held. The group intended converging on the Union Buildings on Friday.

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-27 18:10

    It's never been adequately answered as to whether or not Malema speaks of his own 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.

  • Visa - 2011-10-27 18:11

    And hopefully apologised for being late!

  • Sam - 2011-10-27 18:13

    I hope they read it

  • Myth - 2011-10-27 18:18

    Bit of a joke, actually, as to how many were in the crowd. Here in Kenya the eTV Africa news service reported thousands, however the images showed maybe 50 dancing and 200 sitting around. The veracity of eTV is taking a big knock here also based on other erroneous facts in the past mainly concerning over-dramatisation.

  • Aaron - 2011-10-27 18:21

    The struggle for so called economic freedom is a long personal struggle that starts in grade school, continues to tertiary education or training and ends when one becomes a productive contributor to the economy using your accumulated skill and knowledge. These people have no clue, and think that economic liberation means being given stuff. It is time for our leaders to tell the truth, which is that political liberation only gives us the opportunity to enter our own economic struggle, involves hard work, and that even though the whites had exclusive opportunities in the past, they still had to seize those opportunities and work damn hard for what they have.

      Bruce - 2011-10-27 18:27

      Well put,thanks

  • Reshan - 2011-10-27 18:24

    The truth is he should be handing over a memo to the ANC Elite and Unions demanding jobs, education and the right to basic services...

  • jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-10-27 18:27

    "This upset the crowd who started singing Dubul'ibhunu (shoot the boer), which has been declared hate speech by a court." So there you have it. Loud and clear. Unambiguous. You cannot put any spin on it and try to explain it away. Wake up all you sleepers who are living in a fool's paradise, and think the genocide is not happening. Will the spineless police and government do anything about it? Don't hold your breath - they are in support of it.

  • Ian - 2011-10-27 20:37

    hey fatso do us a favour and fk off

  • Michael - 2011-10-31 11:32

    If anyone needs to NOT be on a truck and to walk the 50km it's Julius! The good life you're living has not been kind to your hips. Or stomach. Or face.

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