Malema: I will buy City Press

2012-05-27 15:44

Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema spoke out against plans to boycott City Press in an open letter published in the weekly on Sunday.

"Of all the freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights, the right we should defend with our lives is the right to hold different opinions on how we view society and how we think certain matters should be handled," he said.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe have called for a boycott of City Press after the paper refused to remove from its website a portrait of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Said Malema: "Banning newspapers simply because we disagree with them, and boycotting them on the basis of believing that our conception of truth is absolute, poses a real threat to our democracy."

Malema said that City Press had run articles vilifying him for more than six months.

The paper had still not admitted to the "many mistakes" he said they had committed.

"So the views I am expressing here are not about [saving] City Press' face or rewarding them for anything positive they have done for me," he said.

Malema signed his letter as "Commander in chief of Economic Freedom Fighters".

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-27 15:48

    Darn, I'm losing my mind. I actually agree with... Malema! Arghhh... Help!

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-27 15:50


      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 15:51

      You losing your mind, malema found his. suprisingly

      Squeegee - 2012-05-27 15:58

      Rphiri, actually Juju will say or do anything that is anti Zipper Zuma right now. Wait till they publish their next Malema expose..

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 16:08

      You right Squeegee, Zuma's spear is actually reincarnating juju's political career, hell i guess these SKA telescopes did find intelligent life forms among polticians after all.

      Jenny - 2012-05-27 16:16

      Next thing you know, he'll be standing up for minority rights and telling the ANC to stop demonising them.

      Christelle - 2012-05-27 16:38

      Oh Squeegee - don't become to distraught:-) - I think most of us agree with him. But I do not believe his intentions are quite as pure as ours. If he was still up Zuma's beeeehind, he would not have said this. He is just playing any card to stay in the news - and do remember, he is budding up with the previously advantaged now as well. This dude turns where the wind blows man!!

      Rob - 2012-05-27 16:46

      Ja, but...Lol....It's the " Commander in Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters " bit that worries me. With his " Economic record " should he really be the CICOEFF ? Could this be a future minister of finance ? This is one sick puppy !

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-27 16:49

      You are realizing the genius in President Malema

      Christelle - 2012-05-27 16:52

      @Tsotsi-Baby -----No we don't. We are just silly white (and it looks like a lot of black people too) who are not too clever and cannot fathom why he is saying what he is - actually we can, but we don't want to tell you:-)

      Sean - 2012-05-27 17:04


      Smell - 2012-05-27 17:30

      Malema actively and enthusiastically supported the suppression of information bill, which would make whistle-blowing a risky act. He is a supporter of Bob Mugabe who represents the antithesis of press freedom. Malema do not represent press freedom or economic freedom. He is just playing the political game - crudely by developed standards, but intoxifying to the uneducated masses. Provocateurs like "Tsotsi" Baby (perhaps a very pale African) should know that. Or perhaps they do, but the axe they have to grind is so big that it continues to distort reality.

      Johan - 2012-05-27 19:23

      My enemy's enemy is my friend.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-27 20:34

      News24 just turned the thumbs up and thumbs down around!!!! Went from over 600 up to down. Pro Juju editor?

      pws69 - 2012-05-28 00:29

      Squeegee, I think the moderator has the hots for you, must sit there clicking thumbs down all night long just to get your attention!

      Thozi - 2012-05-28 01:45

      @Squeegee I don't think one should be ashamed to agree with anybody when he says a correct thing once in a while, even if you disagree 99% of the time. In this instance Malema is correct. We can't ban/boycott newspapers or people if some of us disagree with them. We fought against that when the previous government banned papers such as The World or performers such as Stevie Wonder etc.

      Felix - 2012-05-28 07:51

      Judging by the thumbs down I'm guessing Tsotsi baby had a lot of spare time on Sunday.

      Al - 2012-05-28 08:26

      Even a broken clock is correct twice a day

      Kala - 2012-05-28 08:30

      Juju can't read!! He ran out of toilet paper.

      pjcbs - 2012-05-28 08:40

      Since Mr Malema can no longer afford Johnny Blue, give that man a BellsS

      Antin - 2012-05-28 09:13

      Next thing is that he'll get a white boyfriend. What....? Oh I see, he has one already.

      Antin - 2012-05-28 09:15

      Only a fool will accept Malema's latest ploy at face value. Fruit from a poisoned tree and all....

      SidewaysView - 2012-05-28 10:13

      Don't worry. Malema will flip very quickly when the newspaper becomes critical of him or anyone else he endorses for President

      pjbadenhorst - 2012-05-28 10:23

      The only reason Malema is taking this stance is because he's miffed with the Zuma gang. If he was still in the inner circle he'd be on a rooftop screaming for the nationalisation and redistribution of City Press assets.

      sticky.toffee - 2012-05-28 12:46

      Malema defending City Press??? what next - Mugabe allowing free and fair elections? ANC getting rid of corrupt officials? Eish - its the end of the world for your lives :)

      nasheenar - 2012-05-28 15:55

      Malema ought to visit SARS first, square his tax debt then focus on buying City Press.

      craig.a.salter - 2012-05-28 17:50

      who are you and what have you done with my favorite comedian

      Thabang - 2012-05-28 20:42

      I am Malema supporter but I think He missed it on this one.

      Leier - 2012-05-29 09:18

      I don't have to like him, but I have to agree with his statement.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-05-27 15:50

    *drops into a dead faint*

      Kolobe - 2012-05-27 19:01


  • rbphiri - 2012-05-27 15:50

    This is the most sensible thing he has said. And I told people that hell will freeze over if Malema said something sensible, damn I guess satan is having a bad winter.

      Christelle - 2012-05-27 16:39

      This is funny:-)

      sboniswa.mzimela - 2012-05-27 23:25

      the man is publicity-hungry...We actually don't give a damn what he says over he must understand (he won't get Newsmaker of the month)

      august.kotzenberg - 2012-05-28 06:19

      Nah, Satan followed the ANC NEC policy, and deployed some cadres, previously from Eskom, to run his Coal tender offices in hell, they awarded the tender to the same hairdresser they used when they were alive, and now hell is having power shortages due to lack of coal, just like us.

  • George - 2012-05-27 16:04

    I am laughing as we speak. This is a call for symphathy from the public. The same person who derived joy from rediculing the paper and calling it servants of imperialists. You are losing your marbles Cde woodworkboy. Shut up we will never ever take you serious in our life time.

      Christelle - 2012-05-27 16:40

      Mpaketsane, did you ever take him seriously - SERIOUSLY dude??

      Iceberg - 2012-05-29 12:00

      That's what he said Christelle, "...we will never ever take you serious IN OUR LIFE TIME."

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-27 16:05

    Malema is still a dangerous foe to all of South Africa's minority groups. Don't let his anti-Zuma opinions distract you. For now, his target is the current ANC regime elders, but don't be fooled, minority groups are his ultimate target ...

  • steph.reinstein - 2012-05-27 16:19

    Opportunistic comment by the very same guy who called for the boycott of Nandos (We demand change campaign)

  • Shaun - 2012-05-27 16:24

    Please, he is just playing politics. No sincerity there at all.

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-05-27 16:25

    Opportunist that told the whole world that he would kill for Zuma now trying to score cheap political solidarity. The country is at messy because of such devastating so called leaders. Its unfortunate that the poor people are the voting block that has been turned out to be a Social Welfare recipients. We have a serious leadership vacuum here and on the horizon I can't see anyone salvaging the situation.

      Dee - 2012-05-27 19:28

      I take hope from the fact that Malema has typically operated as 'someones condom' ...and so behind this very well articulated opinion lies some senior leader in the ANC opposing the 'Mobilse a Mob' reaction to a satitical painting.

  • VHALII - 2012-05-27 16:28

    i agree with malema here

      Iceberg - 2012-05-29 12:06

      Vhali, I also agree with the statement. I seriously doubt these thoughts came from Malema himself though, I think his mom wrote this essay for him.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 16:31

    Malema will only say something nice when he wants something in return

  • Windlass - 2012-05-27 16:33

    Are you sure you spoke to Julius?

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-27 16:33

    Malema said that? Really? He REALLY REALLY said that? Hmmm one can't but be cynical of his motives even if what hes "says" is (in this cae) makes some sense.

  • Mmannyo - 2012-05-27 16:33

    Applaud the ANC not Malema, the are able to put sense in an empty vessel and wallaah!.....

  • Francois - 2012-05-27 16:34

    you need to be able to read before you can boycott a newspaper...

      Kgomotso - 2012-05-27 16:47

      Blade holds a Doctorate in Philosophy

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-27 21:54

      @Michael - I think Kgomotso's comment was directed to Francois statement which states that one need to be able to read before trying to boycott a newspaper. Although your comments is kind of out of line, would you want enlighten of what makes one intelligent then

      Ruth - 2012-05-28 10:54

      @ Kgomotso... 1) I think Francois was referring to the mass SA population and huge illiteracy issue we have in SA, not at Blade personally. It would be nice for the masses to have better education, to read the articles, and decide for themselves too. 2) Holding a Doctorate doesn't automatically make you right. 3) As someone so educated in philosophy, Blade should realise that people can decide what they want to read for themselves. We don't live in a totalitarian state...yet. 4) I dont agree with continually publishing a picture of genitals in a newspaper my child could pick up at any time, however, I very much support Feedom of Press and Speech.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 10:56

      Kgomotso, Communist Philosophy

  • YrHonour - 2012-05-27 16:40

    Did you see what Malema did to anyone that crossed him in the youth league - GONE - If he was President and it's likely he may still be - draw a painting of him in the nude and then (start running) there will be no dignified response - he will have you hung and quartered and if you believe for one minute he would care what the rest of the world thought about that then again you'd be very wrong

      YrHonour - 2012-05-27 18:31

      he by his own admittance has a small appendage and so he'd be really pissed if someone painted that

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-27 16:42

    Melama, i don't like you, i don't trust you = but what you say here is true

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-05-27 16:46

    Agreed he makes sense - however my enemies enemy of my friend applies. He would close and burn City Press in a moment given half a chance and a bit of bad press!!

  • alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 16:53

    Agree with you Malema, even though its typical school kid mentality trying to get even with!!!

  • Tim - 2012-05-27 16:54

    Malema is just like Zuma - a spineless, unethical populist. Beware the silver tongue!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-05-27 16:56

    Utterly cynical.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-27 23:34

      Just pondering and wondering how much Blade paid for his Phd. They dont come cheap these days.. and surely he should do absutlutely nothing so it's not so unbelievably obvious that it was bought under the table.. or perhaps he suffered some serious ailment after he he was capped and robed. He sure as hell doesn't act as if he is an accademic.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 10:59

      Blade's PHD came from the Patrice Lumumba University in Russia. Anyone against the West could study there, partly literate didn't matter and they all got their degrees.

      Iceberg - 2012-05-29 12:24

      No Guys, Blade went to Mthethomusha School in Edendale, the first school in the area established under the new BANTU EDUCATION system and matriculated in 1975 at Georgetown High, Edendale under the same BANTU EDUCATION system. He completed his Psychology Honours degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1980. His Masters degree is in Industrial Psychology (1981) and more recently, awarded a PhD for a thesis in the field of personnel management from the University of Natal. Like most of the graduates in the current government he is a product of the Bantu Education system.

  • Lucy - 2012-05-27 16:57

    the whole bloody lot of them...malema zuma blade and their moron anc lot are rotten junk....

  • denis.delaport - 2012-05-27 17:09

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, The ANC must be careful this could bounce up and bite them in the butt. Malema has the ability to say it as it is! Sooner or later he will temper his tongue and use language with respect.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 17:17

    hahahahahahaa Commander in chief wow hahahahaha the last guy I saw signing his letters somewhat like that is in a Psychiatric hospital now

      Slick - 2012-05-27 21:50

      Too true Louis...COMMANDER IN CHIEF ??? aka President of a Country??? Ermmmm what a delusional BIGOT! LOLOL... HE HATES THE WEST AND COLONIALISM AND HE ADOPTS THIS TERM. What Next JuJu....perhaps General Mal- Enema Dada... after your brother General Idi Amin Dada?? hahahha!! Damn JuJu cant even command the cows where to graze on the farm where he is now a cattle herder once again. So yup....need more be said. It time for the Courts of Law to COMMAND THIS EEJIT TO VISIT THE CHIEF COMMANDER PSYCHOLOGIST AT THE NEAREST MENTAL ASYLUM! He is becoming more of a danger to himself more and more daily!!

  • chikunga - 2012-05-27 17:30

    Sissy Malema. We are not your field of study, to experiment with.

  • Pieter - 2012-05-27 17:35

    Economic Freedom Fighters.....EFF's hahahaha isnt that the the same symbol he got for woodwork!!! Just imagine their Slogan "we fail at comebacks" lmao.

  • Thando - 2012-05-27 18:07

    For once im agreeing with juju.

  • Richard - 2012-05-27 18:32

    He was misquoted. He said "I will sell City Press".

  • Helmut - 2012-05-27 18:37

    He is a clown but a bad one

  • godesha - 2012-05-27 19:11

    I wonder if he realises that when you buy something you actually have to pay for it.I

  • Mantsho - 2012-05-27 19:52

    This one is a Hypocrite, l dont buy whatever he is saying now,

  • grant.cloete.9 - 2012-05-27 19:54

    Remind me why we care what this tw@t thinks?

  • Econwald - 2012-05-27 19:54

    um glad most people agree

  • Desiree Rowe - 2012-05-27 20:02

    With what money, oh yes never starts with a b and ends in t. Please what utter rubbish.

  • vonkpos - 2012-05-27 20:27

    Ag stront! This from a man wat n joernalist soos n sleg hond uitgejaag het?

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-05-27 20:32

    This man is way to smart! he irks people then he stands with them Malema is way to dangeerous

  • Elroy - 2012-05-27 20:33

    for once i agree with malema newspapers have the right to keep the public inform on maters such as the Goodman story cos that was what the ANC was fitting for

  • sifiso.kamaphumulo - 2012-05-27 20:54

    Ja me if we talk abt the real traitor it Malema the man who contradict himself

  • Raul - 2012-05-27 20:55

    Can he read or he is now changing sides? Perhaps he should go to the sma process as Michael Jackson went and then join the AWBV

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 11:04

      I wonder if he has ever bought a paper before.

  • Muhammed - 2012-05-27 20:59

    I have noticed that News24 habitually publish multiple articles on the very same incident. Instead of publishing a high standard and comprehensive report under a single headline - this, after thorough research and investigations has been conducted - News24 opts to rather publish serials of the same story under various and cunning headlines with much redundant repetitions. Why is this the case and what is News24 attempting to evoke by this form of journalism?

      John - 2012-05-28 04:05

      Crracker, I think this editor has it in for you. You posted your comment at 02:15, I'm reading it here in Thailand at 03:55 SA time and you have already got 106 thumbs down and my one and only thumbs up. FMe so many people commenting at that time? Is it because he is so mesmerized by the spear he fell asleep on the down button? Oh and Muhammed, please do as crracker says you frigging hypocrite. I enjoy reading these pages and in particular the comments made by people of crrackers integrity. True concerned SA'cans!

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-27 21:19

    And to think there was a a time when the ANC and ANCYL were leaders: politically, intellectually, showing the way to act ethically and be representative of the morality which should show the way for the new South Africa. Let Julius first free himself from his tax liabilities, get a real job and pay for his own properties.

  • george.paouros - 2012-05-27 21:26

    As long it is not with missapropriated funds

  • Slick - 2012-05-27 21:45

    COMMANDER IN CHIEF ??? aka President of a Country??? Ermmmm what a delusional BIGOT! LOLOL... HE HATES THE WEST AND COLONIALISM AND HE ADOPTS THIS TERM. What Next JuJu....perhaps General Mal- Enema Dada... after your brother General Idi Amin Dada?? hahahha!! Damn JuJu cant even command the cows where to graze on the farm where he is now a cattle herder once again. So yup....need more be said. It time for the Courts of Law to COMMAND THIS EEJIT TO VISIT THE CHIEF COMMANDER PSYCHOLOGIST AT THE NEAREST MENTAL ASYLUM! He is becoming more of a danger to himself more and more daily!!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-05-27 23:14

    Commander in Chief of economic freedom fighters? Who's his wingman, Dr Spock?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 11:07

      Hugh, no the Bork is all over him. Soon he will be called eight of eleven.

  • david.horscroft - 2012-05-28 00:13

    I find it interesting how many people are saying "Malema is just playing politics, it's totally insincere.", whilst many people applauded Helen Zille for her reaction to her recent photoshop, which could also be seen as simply "playing the political game". The big question is: if a reaction is insincere, does it matter? I, for one, want to applaud Malema for this stance. His fickle nature is something else to debate, but at the same time I think you've got to try make sure you take political opinions without reverting to double standards.

  • Chris - 2012-05-28 00:52

    Malema has a small matter of a few million Rand due to SARS that he has to settle before "buying City Press". Good luck bro!

  • Blip - 2012-05-28 02:50

    Malema grabs headlines even without the ANC. Commander-in-Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters? CICEFF? Snappy!

  • samuel.mngwevu - 2012-05-28 04:13

    Tha's malema 4 u...,when everyone goes letf/right,he goes rigth/left.politics

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-05-28 06:43

    Pure Joke!

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-28 07:02

    Wow, can he actually read? Or is he going for the pictures?

  • Mark - 2012-05-28 07:08

    Dear commander-in-chief, thanks for the laugh so early on a Monday morning. Didn't know you could even read but your editorials should be a scream.