Malema holds possible farewell speech

2012-02-11 18:17

Pretoria - The embattled youth leader who claims to speak for a frustrated generation used what he said could be his farewell address to call for nationalising the economy, a populist stance that has worried potential foreign investors.

Both the president and the finance minister have declared this week that nationalisation is not government policy, and they and other leaders have expressed concern about the impact of Julius Malema's insistence on raising the issue.

Malema faces suspension from the governing African National Congress Party, and on Friday seemed to be trying to rally his supporters to carry on his fight.

Malema, speaking at the opening of an ANC Youth League retreat, was making his first public appearance since a party appeals body confirmed that he is guilty of serious discipline violations.

He was given a chance to argue against a possibly career-ending five-year suspension from the party, but seemed to acknowledge on Friday that his options are limited.

"Maybe this is a farewell speech," he said.

Malema's proposals to address the key issues of poverty and unemployment have earned him applause from frustrated young South Africans.

At the end of his hour-long speech on Friday, about 200 top Youth League leaders rose to serenade him with an apartheid-era song commemorating the fighting spirit of young South Africans.

Malema made an oblique reference during his speech to reports his finances are being investigated amid allegations he has peddled his influence over the government in his home province, Limpopo. He has denied accusations he is corrupt.

"We are now preparing for a life outside the ANC, and possibly in prison," Malema said, but added he believed he would ultimately prevail.

The punishment he faces could lead to the ANC calling for him to step down as head of the Youth League. But Malema said on Friday he would only step down if the league demanded it.

Malema's youth wing is known for getting voters to the polls and using its weight to choose party leaders.

The ANC, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, has won every national election, and most provincial and local votes since 1994.

  • Mike - 2012-02-11 18:35

    Surely Malema's background and current financial status is a clear indication that there is already "economic freedom" in South Africa.

      Dean - 2012-02-12 09:53

      Ok - so Here's the scenario: President promising millions of jobs on the back of a recession. Malema calling for nationalisation of the country and "economic freedom". The government is as corrupt and inefficient as ever! And then the trade unions want to do away with labour brokers! Who'd want to be president to sort all that out! As it is - our president isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed!

  • Derek - 2012-02-11 18:52

    Juju is ok, no real gripes with the oke, BUT COULD SOMEONE PLEASE SHOW HIM HOW TO CORRECTLY WEAR A MILITARY STYLE FRENCH BERET?? He puts the proud Mamas of this country to shame with his impersonations of a female laundry worker when wearing a beret.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-02-11 19:22


      Yar - 2012-02-11 22:05

      @ Janine It is a cow pat!

  • J.D. - 2012-02-11 19:04

    Well it justice is served it will be life in prison which will serve weel as he has some Johnny Walker and caviar kilo to dump.

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-02-11 19:13

    Even at this late stage of his political career Malema is at odds with the position of the ANC, the Parent Body. He has been hoisted by his own petard! He appears oblivious to the harm his ill-judged comments have on international investors and consequently job creation.

  • ISO - 2012-02-11 19:15

    JM, scaly little bugger!, he knows he is going down.... Last call of help from his supports, it seems. Well, it sure sounds like a confession " preparing ourself for life outside the ANC and possible life in prison"!?. They should through him out of policits for good! When all is done and dusted, i hope it will be the last we hear of JM again!

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-02-11 19:17

    Malema is dumber than he looks! The YL has failed the youths of SA. Where was the toy toying when the Eastern Cape learners were abandoned? The voice of the YL was not prominent. Maybe its because there were no tenders floating around. Instead of being very visible, vocal and militant in demanding a better or at least an education thats at par with international standards, the YL only seems to get militant where there's a possibility for a rise in political and financial fortunes for its leaders. To the youths of SA, if you are not properly educated, even if nationalisation comes, you will remain unemployed and poor. A green barcoded ID is not a diploma or degree nor does a piece of paper issued by Cde Blade's department with your name on it mean you actually have the skills to make it in Malema's nationalised economy. Toyi toyi for apprenticeships, opportunities to understudy skilled people, better education before you demand to run mines. THE BESTY WAY TO LEARN HOW TO RUN A COMPANY IS TO START ONE YOURSELF! Don't swagger into a boardroom and all of a sudden start "running" a company when you don't even know its beginings! Look what Khulubuse has done at Aurora. Stop fighting Malema's battles for more political power and ill gotten wealth. How many unemployed youths from Alex has he employed to build his Sandton mansion, even to clear the rubble from the demolition? THINK!!!!!

      Ndaba - 2012-02-11 23:23

      You got my respect mate!! Indeed, how many of his simple idiots has he employed to clear rubble from his crumbled mansion?

  • Leroy - 2012-02-11 19:17

    Besides threatening any form of establishment that actually works, what else did he do except incite violence, and fill his own pocket to the detriment of his own blind followers ?

  • Rick - 2012-02-11 19:35

    Another 1000 Malema's are waiting............

      Kevin - 2012-02-12 08:34

      If Hawks do a proper job then there is a lot of work for them

  • Joe - 2012-02-11 19:47

    Bravo Malema, not all is lost ,it's time to look and learn.

      Isabel - 2012-02-11 22:21

      Dream on, Joe...

  • william - 2012-02-11 19:54


  • bradleybrits - 2012-02-11 21:28

    Good bye, good riddance and please do one thing for us when you get to prison. Please drop the soap..

      Arvin - 2012-02-12 00:03


  • Themba Mbuyisa - 2012-02-11 23:31

    Life outside the ANC and possibly prison. And that in a nutshell is why i will never ever vote ANC. They're decissions are never in the interest of the country or the majority. Only in their interest or those who fund them. Julius has always been guilty of corruption in Limopo, but it was only when he threatened mines who neglect the communities they mine, that he was charged. When he's gone, look at who'll be smilling. Those are the peole the oldest liberation movement on the continent represents.

  • Sally Lewitt - 2012-02-12 00:08

    Juju is a ticking time bomb.. This will not be the last we hear of him. My fear is that all this has the makings of a civil war, just a "gut feel"

  • Michael Mabee Matjiane - 2012-02-12 03:39

    South African whites will never change they are forever negative and always complaining of what the A.n.c. is doing or not doing as if they did better in the part 400 they can all go to hell for all I care, even if all tenders were given to them they will still bloody be negative.

      Warren Nel - 2012-02-12 04:13

      You are a purebread racist

      Dave - 2012-02-12 06:15

      The poor people would at least benifit from it a lot more than they do now under the present tender system that favors people that can't deliver, color does not matter. Tax money should be spent on the people of SA and not to make the privalidged few even more wealthy, black or white , it does not make a difference when it comes to corruption.

      march54 - 2012-02-12 08:05

      Have ever had a meaningful conversation with a white person to find out what the are looking for? Your comment is racist and will do nothing to heal the wounds of the past. Get over yourself and the issue of colour.

      Stephan Kruger - 2012-02-12 08:05

      Hey fool, where did they even menstion the whites in this piece? can you read?

      Mike - 2012-02-12 09:39

      The interesting thing about whites is that they all look the same on the outside, but when you get to know them they are all different.

      James Hurly - 2012-02-12 17:04

      white people are so negative,I take it you a black man you seem no more possitive than the most negative white call us negative but yet we stay positive enough to say in a country that is on the verge of de a fool for posting such a racist comment...good luck zimbabwe I mean south africa

      Johnson - 2012-02-12 20:55

      Your IQ is lower than dust - perhaps you dont care enough to fight for right and wrong - corruption is destroying this country - and Juju is at the head of affairs in Limpopo (you now see the situation in Limpopo) wake up man !

  • Stephan Kruger - 2012-02-12 08:08

    Maybe his plan will be to nationalise prisons! lol!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-12 08:33

    What are the hawks doing with there investigation into Fatboy? Most people know that the result should equal 20-25 years and we would no longer have to be bored with the rantings of a child brain

  • Thapelo Thaps Ramphaga - 2012-02-12 09:04

    malema will remain our hero as youth

      Herman - 2012-02-12 10:28

      Dumber than sand

      march54 - 2012-02-12 11:10

      You do not get out much do you. There are lots of other young heroes out there doing good work in their communities.

      Lazialenato - 2012-02-12 16:49

      And that my friend is your opinion that DEMOCRACY allows you to voice...

  • Gedoemde - 2012-02-12 10:40

    Buy buy and buy again. Buy buy......,

  • Rosie - 2012-02-12 16:01


  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-12 18:54

    It's amazes me how his supporters call him a hero, when in actual fact he is a fat hyena snatching food out of their children's mouths. The sooner we get rid of this glutton the better.

  • Johnson - 2012-02-12 20:47

    I challenge Malema to start his own political party - lets see how many people actually support his point of view - it would be interesting

  • Sandy - 2012-02-13 07:49

    bye bye bloody agent your time is up.....................

  • Kenneth - 2012-02-14 01:32

    Let JUJU step down and i warn the ANC, the next elections will not be two thirds majority. you can use your useless intellectuality but what remains is that the majority of voters for the ANC are the black poor youth that Malema claims to be representing.Zuma is just using his weight coz he is in the position to do so, at least for now. Its not about the ANC to him, its about his multiple wives and nepotism. Fighting corruption my foot,nepotism is worse than the politics of animal farm.We have a coward of a president who cannot commit to real issues that even affect our fellow South Africans, yet he has guts to bail out the only remaining absolute monarchy in Africa that has violated gender equality and democratic rights of the people of Swaziland.We are breeding a power hungry dictator,how can u remove the voice of the voiceless??

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