Malema reaching point of no return - ANC

2012-03-31 18:50

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will reach a point of no return if he continues hurling insults at ANC leaders, the ruling party said on Saturday.

"Attacks directed at the ANC leadership and the president [Jacob Zuma] in particular have been going on for some time and have reached intolerable levels of disrespect," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"If this assault and insults on the ANC leadership by Malema continues, he will be unwittingly dragging himself to a precipice where a point of return is impossible in the eyes of ANC members."

On Friday, Malema derided Zuma's leadership during a centenary lecture in Johannesburg, saying Zuma had replaced democracy with dictatorship.

He said the league was being traumatised and suppressed under Zuma's leadership.

Mthembu said Malema's comments were "devoid of any truth".

"We hold a very dim view of his utterances particularly coming from a person who professes to have blood that is black, green and gold."

Instead of attacking the African National Congress on a public platform, Malema should have used existing channels within the organisation to raise his concerns, said Mthembu.

This was not the first time Malema, who was also an ANC national executive committee member, had attacked ANC leaders.

Mthembu said these attacks "have become an almost regular posture" for the embattled youth league leader.

"While this might come late in the equation, we will still like to advise comrade Julius to refrain from throwing insults at the leadership and the president."

Malema had further accused the ANC of being impatient with the youth. "We've seen intolerance. People are impatient with the youth, people do not appreciate new opinions. They suppress new opinions", he said on Friday.

Mthembu said that at no stage had the collective leadership of the ANC nor Zuma made a statement that would suggest intolerance.

Malema, who was appealing his expulsion from the ANC, questioned why the league was being punished for thinking.

Mthembu emphasised that Malema and other youth leaders were charged in their capacity as members of the ANC and not as leaders of the ANCYL. Charges had been brought about by the ANC in its entirety, and not by Zuma, he said.

"Any attempt to isolate President Zuma in this regard, is bound to fail. We all hold him in high esteem and no amount of attack on his good integrity will change or erase that," said Mthembu.

  • Thabang - 2012-03-31 19:02

    That one I think he is digging his own grave deeper and deeper by the day

      Tony - 2012-04-01 06:07

      Thabang - We need the ANC to put him INTO the grave.

      Kolobe - 2012-04-01 07:22

      malema is the real anc,the rest can pack-up

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-04-01 20:28

      I agree with Kolobe. We all need Malama's help to destroy the ANC.

  • Louisa - 2012-03-31 19:02

    Mthembu, You are also excising the very same thing that Malema is doing. Why rebuke him in the media, if you and the ANC want to be a bigger person. Both of you must stop washing your dirty laundry in the public.

      gezani - 2012-03-31 19:12

      malema is not the ANC, he can not waffle as he likes! That boy is brainlees serious

      Tony - 2012-04-01 06:09

      Mthembu ... Malema .... Zuma ... they are all the same. The old sayings go "birds of a feather flock together" and "there is honour amongst thieves".

      shongwepatrick - 2012-04-01 12:15

      We support you 100% MR Mthembu!

  • Castle - 2012-03-31 19:06

    'point of no return'.does that mean HELL!!!?

  • Bob - 2012-03-31 19:07

    So tell me Mr Jackson Mthembu, is Malema not entitled to freedom of speech?? Or does it hurt the ANC that an insider like Malema is not scared to publicly expose the ANC's corruption and ineptitude..!

      gezani - 2012-03-31 19:16

      oh u mean careless freedom of speech! Freedom has responsibilities

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-31 20:48

      Gezani, hie hie hieee well said!! As it was said : Freedom of speech is not dead, only the speakers.

      Tony - 2012-04-01 06:12

      Bob, the ANC offer the ILLUSION of freedom. Its their supporters who just havent seen it. The ANC is by no means a democratic party. They dont like the media or judiciary. They are challenging info, forcing the toll issue, will not appologise for expenditure, but their supporters are too blind to see....

      shongwepatrick - 2012-04-01 12:13

      @ Bob how old are you?

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 16:38

      @shongwepatrick. What the hell has age got to do with it. Bob made a valid point.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 16:39

      @shongwepatrick. What the hell has age got to do with it. Bob made a valid point.

  • hoyingomane - 2012-03-31 19:07

    Malema for President!

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-31 19:15

      hayinggomane for janitor!

      donald.perumal - 2012-03-31 19:19

      Malema: President of the NON Card Carrying (ex) Members.

      hoyingomane - 2012-03-31 19:31

      @spartanx93 a janitor of Luthuli house yes!!!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-31 20:56

      hoyingomane: The Village Idiot! Coming soon to a theatre near you! 'hoyingomane was a troll who supported a nepotistic, corrupt and racist group called the ANC. Will his support for this disgusting party do him any justice or will his triumph over voting for a party such as ANC get them deliver on their promises of promises?? YOU DONT EVEN HAVE TO WATCH THE MOVIE TO BELIEVE IT CAUSE YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!' Corrupting your heads on 31 March! :D Tool.

      Tony - 2012-04-01 06:13


  • Louisa - 2012-03-31 19:12

    Jackson Mthembu, your tenure in the ANC practice double standards and we are sick of it. Apologise to Mbeki first and build unity in the ANC instead of spewing rubish in the media.

      Arvin - 2012-04-01 14:46

      Agreed Louisa. Mr. Mbeki deserves an unconditional apology.

  • Keith - 2012-03-31 19:13

    The ANC made him to be big headed the way he is because it was benefiting them(ANC) back then, but now the tables have turned around the ANC is crying out loud Jacob Zuma and his ANC they have prepared their own bed now is time for them to lay on it and enjoy malema's insults.

      Louisa - 2012-03-31 19:19

      Mthembu is spitting venom since his faction is bound to lose in Mangaung. I would like to kknow what the Mbeki camp think about all this debacle. It must be interesting....Zuma must just take it like a man.Why is he barking like a wounded dog ..he did the very same thing with Mbeki, calling him a dead snake, now who is a dead snake. Lmao!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-31 19:15

    I find it extremely amusing that JUJU is "nearing the point of no return". This is actually a tragic anouncement that reflects on politics in general in South Africa ie no matter how much you screw up you are always just "nearing the point" but never actually "gets to the point". This situation gives you the endless opportunity to mess up some more and more and more...and get another and another and another appeal ad infinitum. Unfortunately the word "honour" is yet to be introduced to the local population and hence no one will ever stop f-in due to a sense of moral conviction. ek kots sommer op my truitjie

      Phillie - 2012-04-01 01:23

      Only if you are a cadre then everything is forgiven ad infinitum.

  • lavida.locca - 2012-03-31 19:17

    Mr Jackson Mthembu you speak like you are the father of ANC .... you nor Pre Zuma owns the ANC ....when DA attacks Zuma regarding charges being dropped by NPA your tail is nowhere to be found....but when poor Malema farts ....u want to fart back...ur not being fair...

  • lavida.locca - 2012-03-31 19:17

    Mr Jackson Mthembu you speak like you are the father of ANC .... you nor Pre Zuma owns the ANC ....when DA attacks Zuma regarding charges being dropped by NPA your tail is nowhere to be found....but when poor Malema farts ....u want to fart back...ur not being fair...

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-03-31 19:18

    The ANC should have been very clear in their dealings with him. He was found guilty of bringing disgrace to the party, among other things. He should have been ousted then. Instead, he has been allowed to address the youth, act out his anger and sow even more discord while he waits for various appeal processes to be decided. This is nonsense. What must potential foreign investors think of this circus? Our leaders cannot keep this loudmouth under control? Maybe this is an indication of one of 2 things: either he has information about them that makes it difficult to get him out for keeps, or they really cannot see the damage that he is doing to this country.

      Basil Lawrence - 2012-03-31 20:00

      We see divisions in IFP, and COPE . Why is ANC in denial ?

      Glyn - 2012-04-01 08:55

      This will affect the chances of South Africa getting the SKA!

  • lavida.locca - 2012-03-31 19:20

    Mr Mthembu pls grow up or go to pension ....ur comments are so immature ....

  • Muhammed - 2012-03-31 19:27

    The soap opera continues...

      Larry - 2012-04-01 08:34

      Wow Muhummed, you got some likes. Keeping away from Israel/Palestinian issues I see.

  • gezani - 2012-03-31 19:32

    malema has already reached that point. What is happening now is a last kick of dying horse which is very dangerous! I was listening to his utterances, eish that boy is very ignorant hey

      Louisa - 2012-03-31 19:38

      The ignorant person is you. You should have challenge his utterances infront of him and the audience. Now you are exuding your stupidity on the public forum, pretending to be better than Malema. Coward!!!

      Brett - 2012-03-31 20:46

      @louisa go finish the ironing.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-01 12:05

      Louisa. I was also listening to his utterances and I was in front of my television, miles from where he was. So how do you know where Gezani was? The ignorant person here is the one throwing stones,,,,,,,,,,,you.

      Mikkel - 2012-04-01 23:06

      Erm Louisa you belong in the kitchen what on earth are you doing on news24???

  • Andile Tembani - 2012-03-31 19:56

    Typical of mr mthembu,selective responce!!He must condemn those cdes in kzn who r wearing t-shirts of zuma for a 2nd term!!Viva Juju Viva!!!

      Patiwe - 2012-03-31 20:01

      Comrades don't be like cry babies, this was still the behaviour from Polokwane. PURGE THE ONES YOU PERCEIVE AS YOUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS. Taste of your own medicine.

  • mike.clery - 2012-03-31 20:05

    There's also a point where tolerance becomes weakness Mr Mthembu. The ANC's tolerance of Malema and his fellow ill-disciplined ANCYL "leaders" passed that point a while ago.

  • Crracker - 2012-03-31 20:06

    Malema has lost it. Mentally as well. But to even think that Jacob Zuma is worthy of high regard as the spokesperson mentioned in report says, well, maybe Malema is not the only one. Sorry, but facts and reality will eventually be victorious in this sea of lies and threats we find ourselves in. The only question is how much the suffering to ALL before it happens.

  • Anele - 2012-03-31 20:08

    i thought he passed already,oops i was wrong

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-03-31 20:09

    I thought fatboy passed the point of no return a long time ago - problem is that the ANCorruption have been dilly-dallying over the issue because no-one has the balls to make the final decision, or they are just stalling (with one appeal after another) until they think the time is right to just brush it all under the carpet, in the mistaken belief that the SA'n public will just accept it.

  • Jo - 2012-03-31 21:08

    The ANC itself gave birth to baby Julius! You must give it to Julius, though, he's going out with a bang, not a whimper.

      Mike - 2012-04-01 08:16

      Not really he is a whining bitch who can't take his punishment like a man, maybe he should join the women's league.

  • marumobongani - 2012-03-31 21:20

    thou shall support through good and the bad viva juju

      Mikkel - 2012-04-01 22:55

      I asume yuo aare veri dumb and has no edukation @ al. Meibi u shld edukate urslf u imbecile. Typical cANCer supporter.

      boltonbarry - 2012-04-02 07:04

      Mikkel it's "You have no education"

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-31 21:21

    The very final crunch for Malema could be if he wakes up suicidal one day and blurts out all the corrupt details of top Anc MP's...i would not put it past him..judging by his latest statements...this guy is loosing it. The average intelligent person who is looking to get back into the Anc, will be laying low and avoid stirring...but I suppose he has got away with he is pushing his luck. We could still have a dramatic end to this...

  • nhla.prv - 2012-03-31 21:26

    Are these insults or facts ?

      Scouter - 2012-03-31 22:17

      There are always two sides to a story - and somewhere in the middle, lays the truth mate.

  • kevin.s.govender - 2012-03-31 21:27

    About time the ANC made a reply but can't something be done for all those false statements made by Malema???

  • Scouter - 2012-03-31 21:54

    Road traffic accident about to happen, if ever I saw one.

  • Collen - 2012-03-31 22:26

    mthembu don't get it. We want all drunken masters, rapists, corrupt individuals and tribalists out of the ANC. In short we want you and zuma OUT. We want MALEMA back so that the voice of the poor is not suppressed and Motlanthe so that the dignity of the ANC returns. So doctor mthembu's 'point of no return' is the fact that he and zuma, if they stay on after Mangaung, the party will continue to appear with no dignity. MOTLANTHE FOR PRESIDENT. NO ONE EVER REMOVED ANCYL PRESIDENT.

      jaymz.hurly - 2012-04-01 09:57

      How stupid can you get how about we get rid of both because they both theifs...

      boltonbarry - 2012-04-02 07:11

      Collin yes I agree with you. The voice of the poor needs to be heard and needs to have someone representing them. But please pick any one but Malema. You can't have someone corrupt like Malema and the Zuma's be that voice. This country needs serious investment if the poor stand any chance of having a better life. All this to-ing and fro-ing from Malema and the rest of the ANC is doing is driving away foreign investors. There simply is not enough money in this country to sustain everyone.

  • Livhuwani - 2012-03-31 23:24

    Is dis nt a free country whr in we are entitled 4 our opinion if nt facts. Malema ur a stil correct and we 101 perc behind. De truth wil always hurt bt we won't stop uttering de truth.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-01 12:14

      Livhuwani, the English you are taught at school makes me sad.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-01 15:16

      Jacqui , dis men he etmit he 101 perc behind. Bt doan whory he kets up won dey. Doant be sad, BEE hapee.

  • Generaal - 2012-04-01 00:19

    ..either way return or not...Msholozi shuld step-down...let others rule the country too...a leader tends to be dictator to me whenever sneeze for second term...coz i biliv dats being greedy...people shall share dats what is writen in bold- freedom charter

  • mochabelamochabela - 2012-04-01 00:32

    We hold him in high esteem. Who?Zuma, plz. Wen is jackson going AA.

      Marius De Bruin - 2012-04-01 00:41

      His an idiot. Cant believe he still features is the media.

      Malizba Liz Mhlanga - 2012-04-01 00:53

      he will go to AA after de ANC is done with Julius

  • Difference - 2012-04-01 00:56

    Like why are we even still hearing about him (Malema). Shouldn't he be dead and burried already? We've had enough of his non-sense and his ANC!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-01 02:02

    So wolf boy is being given another chance? How many is that now? Ever seen those parents who keep telling their kids "you'll get a smack if you do that"? Then the kid does it and no smack and so on, etc., en so voort, until the kid figures out there's never going to be a smack and just carries on. These are the same parents that are one day howling "where did we go wrong?" whilst their children rob them blind or even murder them. By the way, I'd be very worried at any person with green, black and gold blood. Tests are needed!

  • Trotse Boer - 2012-04-01 02:21

    He says Zuma is a dictator??, if Malema had power he would make mugabe look like an angel!, As a boer and not a stereotyped one (racist slave driver) i wish no harm on anyone except this fool. he has caused so much tension in SA i hope they deal with him old school style!

  • mochabelamochabela - 2012-04-01 02:29

    I wish 4 the day when SA will have a party that we can all associate with regardless of colour. Why can't we as people stop being greedy n serve our country with love n pride. In tzaneen there are people who even bought helicopters from tenders they always win just to showoff. Our ANC govt is letting us down. As blacks we shud stop blaming whites 4 our failures, we r in power with all taxpayers' money enough 2 improve poor people's lives.

      Malizba Liz Mhlanga - 2012-04-01 05:55

      I also wish to see you exposing and rectifying corruption you saw in Tzaneen rather dan defending apartheid regime and 4 your own info white government was also corrupt but we were never told because there was no transparency they were protecting each other

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-01 06:58

      Accross the world you will find corruption... but at least they were/are not so blatant about it, the ANC took it to a new level R 30billion/year. Show some pride, if there is any left to show.

      Mike - 2012-04-01 08:28

      Yes there was corruption with service delivery now we just have corruption.

      Glyn - 2012-04-01 09:13

      Vote DA. They are the most demographically representative party in South Africa.

      mochabelamochabela - 2012-04-01 18:23

      @liz mhlanga are implying that we shud condone looting n corruption as de apartheid did. Such comments will take us no where unless ur a beneficiary of such deals. I don't think u read capitalist nigger or I write what I like by Biko. Our own black govt is raping. Can we stop blaming whites. I agree racists tendency still persists as much as blacks who r racist towards whites.

  • Zwelakhe - 2012-04-01 05:45

    When did Malema recognised that the ANC leadership is intolerable to new opinions? I dissagree with Juju completely on this one. The ANC of today and the ANC of yesterday is completely different. The fact that he canspeak this nonsense, alone, is proof that the ANC of today can created space for the youth in particular and he is abusing that space.

      nsilongo - 2012-04-01 11:01

      Do you zwelakhe know that the intelligence agency taps cabinent ministers cellphones do you know that the police commisioner is resigning because of Zuma interference in wanting Mduli to head the agency again.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-01 05:46

    Agg please. Juju made another boo boo. Just go home, curl up in the fetal position. Stick your thumb in your mouth and cry yourself to sleep. I wish Zuma would put you over his lap and give you a good spanking. Your big baby.

      Dawn - 2012-04-01 06:02

      Lol..this so well put..I can just see a "Zappiro" drawing coming out of this..

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-01 07:01

    Unfortunately this Gent has no respect for his Superiors. He has Allegedly obtained funds in an Illegal manner as his lifestyle indicates. He has some brilliant ideas howeevr is unable to get that message across to the General RSA public due to his Radical overtones. Malema make the right decision andf get new advisors and better people around you however it seems the latest rant has sealed your fate.

  • Shibuta - 2012-04-01 07:33

    This things of ANC is a corrupt party n I wonder why this Zuma is saying ANC needs educated leaders while himself was just a herd boy then n now is a so called President...ANC is all corrupt n run by corrupt leaders....

  • Mary - 2012-04-01 07:42

    Gits nè, nou raak *almal* vir hom gatvol.

  • Morapedi - 2012-04-01 07:46

    Malema again! *yawning*

  • mbuyisenim2 - 2012-04-01 07:49

    I think Malema has exceeded the point of no return to the ANC. crd Mthembu is ryt on hs statement abt Malema. Crd President iz doing ryt thing by being silent on malema immaturity speeches. forward crd president Zuma forward!!

      Collen - 2012-04-01 08:10

      You are a fool

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-01 08:10

    Carry on digging your grave Malema!

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 08:37


  • karen.inward - 2012-04-01 08:14

    Punished for thinking - Ag please! I'd like to see just one original thought by intellectual giant Malema.

  • Larry - 2012-04-01 08:31

    Zuma and 'good integrity' is like claiming a lion is vegetarian. Malema has a platform to be heard. If each and every citizen had a chance to state their opinion on Zuma, perhaps then Zuma and the ANC sycophants like this Mthembu idiot would come to the realisation that Zuma is widely hated and mistrusted.

      Khany - 2012-04-01 11:28

      u mean widely hated by u, ancyl nd d senior leaders dt r hungry 4 positions?

  • Glyn - 2012-04-01 08:44

    The anc house of cards is falling! Vote DA!

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-04-01 08:59

    statements made by pres Malema are unfortunate, this comrade seemz 2 be digging his own grave which dissappoints most of ANCYL members to see leader acting in this manner is nothing but disrespectful to the ANC as whole and to its youth wing and should be stopped as it continues to tarnish the good name of the ANC.

  • tera.gaju - 2012-04-01 09:19

    What is it you dont lyk or understand about Malema? Have you listened when he talks or you just take what the media gives you? have you seen the papers he produced regarding the issue of nationalisation? have you seen the resolutions taken by the 24th congress of ancyl? 20million South africans youth are unemployed, so called black middle class are scared to loose their jobs and see no point of supportig Juju, Juju wont be the one taking your jobs away but the young unemployed. Timebomb timebomb.

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-01 09:24

      Juju is evil and dumb. End

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-01 11:04

      The youth are unemployed because they are unemployable because the education in this country is so desperately bad. On whose shoulders does that rest? When Julius started the mine nationalization bid, investment in this country was dealt a severe blow. Do you really want mines to nationalise - think about the Aurora mine's fiasco. Over 5000 miners went hungry and some even died because management "stole the mine's assets". Are you proud of that? The ruling party seek only to enrich themselves. They are not interested in the people. Come on - catch a wake up!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-01 11:23

      And furthermore, the young unemployed will remain just that. Unemployed. They won't be taking anyone's jobs because they can't. And that is the fault of the government for giving the a lousy education and JuJu because he just rouses the youth to militancy and rebellion, when instead they need encouragement and inspiration.

      boltonbarry - 2012-04-02 07:19

      I don't like his militant stance on some matters driving away investment. I don't like the fact that he never seem to be consistent with what he says. Then he's sorry then he's not. Then he wants to see white domestic workers and sing a song about killing white people then he wants to die defending white people. He says he is poor but his bank account says something different. I wonder how much of the land that he owns he has actually given to the poor to farm on? he lies with an open face and that's what I don't like about him

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-04-01 09:24

    if changing the anc leadership means gunning 4 land reform,count me in.our current anc policies are holding our freedom can b free when you don't have land?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-01 09:43

      Interesting view, olerilwe.mosiane . This means I was not free until I reached the age of 34, when I bought my little piece of land on which my house stands. It also means I am never really free, because the moment I stop paying for my house, it gets taken away from me. South Africans are allowed to buy land of their own, so what is the problem?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-01 10:55

      A great many people do not have land and are perfectly content. A great many people have been given land and have done nothing to improve it. Perhaps if people want land to be given to them they should provide a clear plan of what they intend to do with it - develop it or let it lie and become barren, with all trees chopped down for firewood.

      boltonbarry - 2012-04-02 07:25

      But Mosiane you already have that freedom. ANY ONE in this country can buy land from anybody else. So lets say the policy changes tomorrow and all the white owned farm land is given to black people and you are one of them. Do you have the knowledge to produce crops on that land? Do you have enough finances to buy the correct tools to work the land? Are you only going to produce enough crops for your family or will you mass prodcuse?

  • Andre - 2012-04-01 09:25

    When is the ANC "adult league" going to grow large enough brass ones to take the ANCYL head on? Shame!

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-01 09:26

    Give them enough rope and they hang themselves! What a joke the ANC and Malema are!

  • feedmelemonsandcallmeparker - 2012-04-01 09:26

    Malema for president!!!!period! $

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-01 09:41

      If you want him for president, please give me 5 reasons why you believe he would make a good president and list 5 positive things he has done for the youth and or South Africa.

      Patricia - 2012-04-01 10:23

      Let him take over Zimbabwe . He and Mugabe should have been twins. Both talk a lot of crap

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:23

      You and malema are two pea's in a pod. You are stealing our oxygen.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:23

      You and malema are two pea's in a pod. You are stealing our oxygen.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:35

      News24 what's going on. We send it once it comes out twice. People will think we are arrogant buy sending it twice. Pls sort out the glitch.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:39

      News24 what's going on. We send it once it comes out twice. People will think we are arrogant buy sending it twice. Pls sort out the glitch.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:40

      News24 what's going on. We send it once it comes out twice. People will think we are arrogant buy sending it twice. Pls sort out the glitch.

      Jayson - 2012-04-01 10:43

      News24 what's going on. We send it once it comes out twice. People will think we are arrogant buy sending it twice. Pls sort out the glitch.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-01 10:50

      Yeah ... I thought so!