Malema pleads to stay in ANC 'family'

2012-03-12 07:23

Johannesburg - Embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema pleaded on Sunday for the ruling party not to expel him and made a rare public apology to the movement's senior leadership which he has frequently criticised as too moderate in their policies.

Malema, 31, confirmed he would appeal against the African National Congress decision last month to expel him on charges of sowing divisions within its ranks, which he denies.

Striking an unusually contrite figure in an interview broadcast on SABC TV, the suspended ANC Youth League leader insisted he had done nothing wrong by calling for nationalisation of mines and the seizure of white-owned land.

'I love the ANC'

One of the ANC's most dramatic orators, his calls for a radical transformation of Africa's biggest economy had resonated with the poor. He frequently mocked President Jacob Zuma.

But in the live TV interview, he asked to be allowed to stay on in the ANC, saying membership was "my life" and that he had joined the anti-apartheid movement at the age of 9.

"Please leave me with a card because the imagination of being outside the ANC is too scary. I love the ANC, I don't have anything except the ANC," he said.

"I want to apologise to the leadership of the ANC for anything they think I've done wrong ... I did not do it deliberately," said Malema, wearing his traditional black beret and a yellow T-shirt bearing the portrait of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

He strongly rejected persistent media allegations that he had engaged in corruption by using his political position to influence the awarding of government tenders to his business cronies.

Media 'must be regulated'

"There is no court of law that has found me corrupt. I have never had power to channel tenders," Malema said, adding the media in South Africa should be regulated "because this media will destroy this democracy".

Malema said that if necessary he would take his appeal against his expulsion all the way to the ANC congress scheduled for the end of the year which will choose new leaders, adding: "I will die with my boots on."

If finally confirmed, his expulsion will help clear a path for Zuma to win a second term as ANC leader in the December party congress.

Asked what his options were if his appeal against expulsion failed, Malema said he would continue with his studies, pursue his business interests and continue cattle farming.

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-12 07:32

    Lol. "Do you know Who I Am!!!!"

      Ian - 2012-03-12 07:55

      ding ding, ding ding, attention attention, someone help, juliassss dosent know who he is, he keeps asking, do you know who i am' LOL

  • Johan - 2012-03-12 07:32

    "I want to apologise to the leadership of the ANC for anything they think I've done wrong..." ...THEY THINK I've done wrong !?! He obviously still does not get it. And probably never will.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-12 07:59

      Yep - THINK I've done wrong is not the same as KNOWING what is the difference between wrong and right. This child is now irritating me beyond measure.

      Andrew - 2012-03-12 08:26

      This man is devious not to mention the fact, at this late stage is trying to pose remorse, whereas previously showed only contempt for the ANC leadership. Lets see if he is smarter than the NEC. I will never trust a two faced person like this but then I am not the ANC leadership. Hopefully they will see through this ploy, but maybe he is being coached by a senior party member in order to save him. Who knows!

      Bennie - 2012-03-12 08:41

      Es nie ek nie !!!!!

      sachasea - 2012-03-12 14:17

      "because this media will destroy this democracy" - it's mutterings like this that scare me.

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-12 07:34

    It's a little too late Mal-Emma. The ANC has had it with you! Now crawl into a corner and die you racist pig!

      Corne - 2012-03-12 07:45

      The tribe has spoken!!!

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-12 07:34

    Malema you did not apologize "for anything THEY think i did wrong"is not an apology because you clearly do not realize the error of your ways.

  • Wendy - 2012-03-12 07:35

    Here comes the crawling, he must be running out of money!

  • Deon - 2012-03-12 07:37

    Its lonely out there mate, and its only a week or two. Enjoy it

  • Jason - 2012-03-12 07:40

    Even though I didn't agree with any of Malema's views, at least I respected him for going down fighting for those views... now he is begging, very sad and probably very late to save himself.

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:43

      Respect him? Jason, please...Surely his insipid words and influence on youngsters doesn't deserve respect? Had he made an effort to try and guide his fanbase AWAY from violence and apartheid mindset, we would have all been better off...That would have deserved respect. Instead, he chose to go down the route of entitlement, to the point that he even bit the hand that fed him.

      Jason - 2012-03-12 09:56

      Well he could have changed his views to others he didn't believe in to keep his political career going with the ANC. Yes he is too extreme, yes he a racist, but one thing is he never gave into political pressure to change his stance on his views, that is why he has support. Didn't say I agree with his views or in anyway like them but at least he had the balls to stand by his views, until the final hurdle now he wants save himself and give up those views and say sorry.Next think he'll be in church trying that route to save himself..

  • Nigel - 2012-03-12 07:41

    What's with the Hawks...Wings clipped?

      Kevin - 2012-03-12 07:57

      To many people will fall with fat boy so the Hawks are scared.

      Stuart - 2012-03-12 08:06

      no, they have turned into budgies.

      TJ - 2012-03-12 08:40

      Simply too good not to share .... Julius Malema stated yesterday : “I want the people of South Africa to treat me the same way they treated Nelson Mandela”. Evita Bezuidenhout immediately responded : “What a great idea. Let’s start with the 27 years in jail . . . . . ”

  • Max - 2012-03-12 07:46

    So if you didn't obtain all you wealth through corruption and channelling tenders to cronies, please enlighten us with your extraordinary business know-how and skills because you our little Julius is then holding the missing key that can unlock the African potential on the continent. You know, where a young person without any proper education or potential become very rich in a blink of an eye without physically producing or contributing anything in the economy. You little fat boy might after all sit with all the answers we are all so desperately looking for.

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:40

      lmao Max, indeed!!! Fatboy lives a millionaire's lifestyle on 20k a month... He needs to share the tips, so us plebs can also live said lifestyle with same income

      willybegood - 2012-03-12 08:44

      hahahhaa, yes i cant wait for that lesson in 'how to get rich' by Julius Malema.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-12 07:47

    Arrrg there you go, this the Juno's version again tunneling retards.......

  • Chris - 2012-03-12 07:49

    Papa wag vir jou Julius.

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:39

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Love it!

  • Larry - 2012-03-12 07:49

    Suddenly it sinks in. No more feeding at the ANC Trough.

  • Tumza - 2012-03-12 07:49

    The ANC should not terminate his membership as they already have suspended him from the party, even King Pharaoh will have a little mercy on his children, I believe that everything that he have mentioned in the past it was a collective agreement and if that is the case ,the whole youth league should be expelled.

      Solly - 2012-03-12 07:57

      Yes Tumi the mistake they made when he was convicted is that they failed to understand whether he acted in oficial or personal capacity. So what i see is that they were afraid to return the verdict of guilty thats politics mata but his life within the ANC is guaranteed take my word.

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:38

      Then buh bye youth league!!! They dont do much anyway

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-12 08:42

      The Hawks are circling for your buddy Malema @Tumza......."I am an honest guy who likes the truth, I hate corruption with all my heart" - YOUR words..... :-)

      sydney.matubandlela - 2012-03-12 12:41

      collective my foot, he was the leader of the ANCYL and he has to take responsibility for leading that collective the wrong way...

  • Stefan - 2012-03-12 07:49

    What a clown

  • Andre - 2012-03-12 07:52

    This mampara is unstable, uncivilized, dumb and bad for this country, but the media seems to ride his wave for as long as possible. SA is not interested in this brat and his retoric crap any longer. The less media exposure he is given the best for everyone. Can't you get it?

  • Blane - 2012-03-12 07:52

    Lets flush Malenama away once and for all

      Tumza - 2012-03-12 08:01

      are you even a christian?

      TBlogger - 2012-03-12 08:25

      Um.. what does being christian have anythin to do with anythin? *confused*

  • Ian - 2012-03-12 07:53

    but yesterday you said you dont need permission from any leader to speak, or were you as usual pissed out of your mind, and today you apologise, get lost you piece of racist rubbish

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:37


  • Steven - 2012-03-12 07:53

    WoW!!!!!! then every public gathering he adresses he slates the anc. Make up your mind you IDIOT!!!! you apologising(which by the way is a waste of time, you as history in ANC as apaartheid is) one minute then slagging next minute. Well what is it Morom!!! spit or swallolw? suck or blow? you cant say sorry and insult at the same time....its like rubbing your tummy and patting ur head at the same time juju, it cant be done...

  • Kevin - 2012-03-12 07:55

    Reject gone way wrong.Do you know how rotten one has to be to be kicked out of an organization with the morals of the anc. One option to consider should be ending it all .That would be the right thing to do.

  • SALife - 2012-03-12 07:56

    This is just a ruse to cause mor chaos. I think he has had more than enough opportunity. Take him back and you take back all the rhetoric and madness.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-12 07:56

    who is fooling who,obvious malema fooling us,and i feel sorry for those cattle you will act cruelity on them, and south african farmers he will steal your cattle

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-12 07:57

    who is fooling who,obvious malema fooling us,and i feel sorry for those cattle you will act cruelity on them, and south african farmers he will steal your cattle

  • PC - 2012-03-12 07:57

    Maybe Malema should once and for all learn that having a true democracy is by not having things your way all the time.

  • Geswine - 2012-03-12 08:00

    "I want to apologise to the leadership of the ANC for anything they think I've done wrong ... I did not do it deliberately," That wasn't an apology

  • samantha.lister.09 - 2012-03-12 08:02

    "he had joined the anti-apartheid movement at the age of 9", so in 1990 then? When de Klerk began disbanding it anyway? Congrats, Juju! You're a real hero! He knows saying bull like that will give him more of an in.

  • Maruis Kleynhans - 2012-03-12 08:02

    All the ANCYL needs are a bid top tent, a few red noses and make up to make them look funny and they will have a bussiness. The head clown and main entertainer, Juju

  • Wilma - 2012-03-12 08:05

    It's hard when your powerbase is taken from under you. And for those leeches that stuck to him for what they could get probably leaving him one by one. Reality is a bitch :>

  • Dan - 2012-03-12 08:05

    There is a lot more to be gained from staying in the ANC, like the looting of taxpayers' monies!

  • Kruger - 2012-03-12 08:09

    Like or dont like old JUJU his in SA to stay his got the youth behind him + quiet a few top ANC comrades !! They use him to voice there thoughts.(by no means i like him)but his got balls i must say, our own cartoon boy

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-12 08:09

    Consider forgiving him after Mangaung,not now.

  • Roy - 2012-03-12 08:09

    How stupid is this ass---e? He is running the government down daily,although they deserve it for their corruption etc,then he wants another chance to stay in the ANC. Is this only so that he can keep up his lifestyle because he is afraid that he might have to move back into his kraal?

      willybegood - 2012-03-12 08:50

      Sello ... go sit in the corner and contemplate your inadequacy and misguided delusional mindset. Viva rationality, viva transparency, viva!!! Stupid is as stupid does :)

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 08:55

      Sello, Your hurl session made ZERO sense... maybe STFU. Its way to early on a monday morning to read bullsh*t

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-03-12 09:01

      @Sello. So why don't you call yourself Zimbabwean or Nigerian or something because you most likely didn't start off here! The San people were the first here, and black Africans killed them. And btw, North Africans invaded Europe before Europeans colonised Africa, hence "Moorish" influence in places like Spain. I am a white African and damn proud of it, so don't you dare try telling me otherwise! You racist

      Nigel - 2012-03-12 09:15

      we don't need to be members of the ANC to comment on mamparra Malemas racist insults. Were blacks members of the AWB or NP when they criticized Eugene Terreblanch, NO, so stop being a dumb ass hypocrite & wake up!!!!!

  • IAnon - 2012-03-12 08:09

    The real test is going to be whether the ANC will actually listen to his plea or whether they will stick to their decision. What a comedy.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-12 08:10

    go to hell, you lying racsit

  • Dylan Swanepoel - 2012-03-12 08:11

    In a weird way, I feel sorry for him. In his defense he did raise some serious problems, on the other, his solutions were way too radical to work. Maybe of he came up with even one workable solution it would've been good :/

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-12 08:34

      @ Darktruth he's a raving lunatic,yes he rasies valid points but the manner in which he does it? It doesnt matter how valid your argument is if you do not articulate it in a proper manner then it holds no water.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-12 08:13

    "I have not stolen any money", how the hell does he explain the R 53 million in his bank account then, where does this come from??????

  • Toad - 2012-03-12 08:15

    Who is Julius Malema? He is nobody....

      archibald.simali1 - 2012-03-12 09:07

      why were you shaking during the time of his reign?and your answer is because he is somebody,you are afraid of him papa

  • Andre - 2012-03-12 08:15

    BUT... he believes hi IS the cANCer... and will never BEG.. I remember him stating on national TV that he will not beg CHIEF CHIEF can I come back... Strange how he now feels isolated and 'Homeless'... PLEASE do not believe him! This is a SNAKE of note!

  • Ndira - 2012-03-12 08:15

    too little too late

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-03-12 08:16

    Careful haters!!!! When you laugh at some one's downfall and it will come twice to you. Be strong Julius Malema.

      Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-12 08:17


      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-12 08:17

      ... yap yap yap, yap yap yap...

      Louiseand Roger Higham - 2012-03-12 08:32

      Exactly that is why malema is getting his twice now, u said it not me

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-12 08:33

      Sorry Ian ;-) but I just want to send the puppy back to the dog box until he learns his lesson. There are just SO many analogies for Mal Enema and dogs that I can't help myself (besides, I have two cats so you know where my loyalty lies!).

      Malungisa Mlu Ngceba - 2012-03-12 08:40

      Viva Malema Viva

      Joanita - 2012-03-12 09:10

      LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! he caused his own downfall, with greed and self importance. I hope he lives up to his word, and dies with his boots on (soon too)

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-03-12 08:16

    Yap yap yap yap. Yap whiiiiine yap yap. Bark doggie bark.

  • Marion - 2012-03-12 08:21

    "I want to apologise to the leadership of the ANC for anything they think I've done wrong ... I did not do it deliberately," said Malema, Vuvuzela, maybe if you actually admitted to what you did wrong forgiveness would be forthcoming. This non-apology may fool some people but hopefully it won't fool the entire ANC NEC when they decide whether to uphold your expulsion. As you say, it is scary to lose the backing of the ANC.

  • Mikki - 2012-03-12 08:22

    All of a sudden that all talk about going back to farming is bitting Malema in the ass realising that all the nice things in life is slowly sliding away and getting his hands dirty in farming is not such a lekker idea anymore......pls pls pls can I stay ,what a joke just go BOY.

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-12 08:35

      Yup - he thought there was such a thing as a Sushi farm tilled by nude models. Alas... reality, so back to Pulitzer prize winning politics.

  • Nonku Butelezi - 2012-03-12 08:24

    I watched that interview yesterday and I think he is on drugs or has bipolar. He was very normal and civilized, did not insult anyone, answered all questions like a normal human being etc. I guess he didn't smoke his stuff yesterday

      Zukile - 2012-03-13 11:30

      awuzizwa angisho!

  • TBlogger - 2012-03-12 08:24

    Hee hee.. You should've stuck to the cattle farming in the first place!

  • Retta - 2012-03-12 08:28

    He still thinks he did nothing wrong - that says it all. How more deliberate can one be, doing what he did? He thinks and apology will do it for him. He clearly does not understand why he is in the position he is today and has absolutely no remorse or humility. This person is extremely dangerous.

  • Vernon - 2012-03-12 08:30

    a very wise man once said "when you get to the end of a book......shut it" You've come to the end of the line so...........tsamaya!!!

  • Arno - 2012-03-12 08:30

    It's baffling to me how someone can apologize for something they have done yet they have no remorse! You might as well punch someone in the face, say you're sorry and then say you don't regret it... Idiot!

  • nicosmit - 2012-03-12 08:30

    he just wants his fat salary

  • Vernon - 2012-03-12 08:31

    A very wise man once said 'when you get to the end of a book.....shut it' You've come to the end of the line so.......TSAMAYA!!!!!

  • Lee - 2012-03-12 08:32

    I just wish the media would not even bother with him anymore. Why keep him in the limelight, rather forget about him and his passed so that others too can move on and accept he is gone.