Malema's expulsion a tragedy, Mbalula says

2012-03-02 22:14

Johannesburg - The expulsion of Julius Malema from the ANC is a "political tragedy", Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

He told SABC radio news: "I characterise this as a political tragedy for all of us who come from the ranks of the youth league. Julius and his generation have actually suffered a blow that we did not come to realise or test."

Mbalula said he was sad for the ANC over the events, but added he believed the youth league would survive.

"Of course we had a great advantage of being politically guided with all the mistakes that we committed, but our elders and the people around us were a great team that looked after us and nurtured us," he said.

"They were very patient with us. If they were not, we would have been expelled."

Mbalula is favoured by the ANCYL to replace current ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the party's elective conference in Bloemfontein in December.

The ANC announced on Wednesday that it had expelled Malema from party, after he was found guilty of sowing divisions in its ranks, among other things.

  • Dudley - 2012-03-02 22:21

    Fikele let by gones be by gones. Lets move on. We had enough of the said individual.

      John - 2012-03-03 04:41

      Fikile Mbalula will not survive Manugang 2012 with that mouth. Let him ride his bycicle...he needs to loose some weight.

      Kolobe - 2012-03-03 06:40

      with guys like mbalula at the top juju's future is safe in the anc

      Morne - 2012-03-03 07:03

      These guys should start their own party and call it the idiots party and you can then join, Kolobe. And by the way if you didnt hear! Malema doesnt belong in the ANC anymore!

      Marion - 2012-03-03 10:35

      ISO - To my knowledge Malema still has the opportunity to lodge 3 appeals against his expulsion Once to NDCA again, one to NEC (of which he is a member) and then final appeal at that same elective conference in December. I'm not surprised that the ANC doesn't like to expel anyone. Their disciplinary process is frigging ridiculous.

      Andrew - 2012-03-03 12:24

      The only tragedy I see here is that you, as a government minister seem to support a man who has done so much harm to our country. To lure new and more investment in our country needs for people and especially government to be stable. This includes not supprting any sort of talk of nationalization and or taking land without payment. The past is gone lets look forward and build our country as a team.

      Lungani - 2012-03-03 14:18

      @Dudley....Mbalula was lucky to be tolerated for all the confusion and division he started during Mbeki's period without being expelled. If he was not expelled then; that does not warrant perpertuation of indescipline within ANC by others who wants to follow his past misguided youth league footsteps. ANC leadership at a point in time has to stop the CHAOS and destructive and divisive utterances from any individaul or even small groups towards Sout Africans. Mbalula should count himself lucky, shut-up and behave from now onwards else he must also be expelled if found to be continuing with all his underground covert activities within ANC.

      Sean - 2012-03-03 14:47

      This D@@S is one of Malema`s big allies !! RACIST D@@S !!

      Swapie - 2012-03-03 21:28

      Eduard - 2012-03-04 06:05

      He got expelled because of his behaviour Mbalula, you are a chop!!! Unfortunately most (i am generalizing here) ANC members/ supporters just don't get it. It is Malema's unacceptable behaviour that got him into trouble in the first place and he is still going....How on earth can this guy lead anybody into a more prosperous world?? He is not capable of doing that, never was, never will. Malema has nothing to offer SA, he can only stir. Please ANC and SA, let's close this book and move on!!!

  • Max - 2012-03-02 22:29

    The only tragedy here is the one that is going on between the ears of Mbalula, with his appointment as a minister the ANC really scraped the bottom of the barrel.

      Thabo - 2012-03-02 22:33

      The ANC should expel this twat as well. This is scraping the barrel as you say.

      thozi - 2012-03-03 00:42

      Is there anyone who can look at Mbalula and honestly declare that he sees a Minister in him? Personally? I see a twerp that is happy to frolic with 3rd rate call girls.

      Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:29

      Sport has to suffer because a useless buddy needs a job.

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-04 08:36

      Yup, all we get from the ANC now is politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, politics, Education? nah! Crime Prevention? nah? Hospitals? nah? Public Transport? Nah! Corruption elimination? nah? Too much hard work for them....too much talking.....and talk is cheap....MONEY buys whiskey

  • Max - 2012-03-02 22:32

    "Julius and his generation have actually suffered a blow that we did not come to realise or test"..WTF?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-03 04:51

      I think he means : Julius and his generation actually realise they suffered a blow (job) test that did not come.

      rbczovczov - 2012-03-03 20:09

      Mr Mbulula you are the one to talk. Remember we forgave you and forgot about your indiscretions with that gold digger you had an illicit affair with. It would be advisable for you to stay in the background for a couple more years before talking any nonsense.

  • Christognus - 2012-03-02 22:51

    JULIUS as comrade is sharp and brave but someone turns him to be like a misdirected missles instead of targeting DA he end up shooting Luthuli House sorry chief no one bigger than ANC NEXTTIME ask Holomisa is cold outside ANC RESPECT RESPECT

      henk63 - 2012-03-03 09:35

      What is this ANC RESPECT RESPECT? Do you really think ANYBODY in the ANC deserves respect?

      Marion - 2012-03-03 10:46

      @Christognus - I agree with you that ANC members should respect their leaders.

      Garth - 2012-03-03 12:52

      Wow, what a `bag of spanners'! `sharp', malema? `brave', malema? `chief', malema? Useless, worthless `anc' and `respect' in the same sentence,(if I may take the liberty of describing your drivel as a sentence?) is a contradiction in terms if ever there was one.

  • Chris - 2012-03-02 22:56

    How about fixing Athletics, Swimming, Cricket etc in SA before you open your fat mouth Fikile? Look at the state of sports in SA right now, Mr Sports Minister, maybe you should do some actual work for a change and concentrate less on Julius Malema.

      Mike - 2012-03-02 23:15

      Not to mention soccer

      Getafix - 2012-03-02 23:45

      "Mr Sports Minister" Haha, Just an excuse for a salary.

  • Themba - 2012-03-02 23:18

    Mr Mbalula...Did Mr Malema transgress ANC constitution? Is he a repeat offender? When you were President of the ANC Youth League, you very careful about what you said. Please be frank, this should not be about who recommended Malema...

      Vusi - 2012-03-02 23:22

      Absolutely Themba! How much brains does he have running around making statements like this.

      Nigel - 2012-03-03 14:40

      Mbalula is a total nothing, he should be fired.

  • Morne - 2012-03-02 23:51

    These high profile people in the goverment that support JM, must be taken out of politics as they strive for the same ideologies as JM, which is clearly in the wrong direction! We need people in the government that has good intensions in governing the country too serve its citizen, not these corrupt officials that dont give a crap about the people, only filling their own pockets. What type of society does these officials in the ANC what?! It clearly shows!

  • Adam - 2012-03-03 00:05

    Your words verbatum Mbalula "They were very patient with us. If they were not, we would have been expelled." He's been expelled, problem solved bru.

  • Evan - 2012-03-03 01:06

    Where do these guys come up with this nonsense?

  • Dave - 2012-03-03 03:24

    No Mbalula, it’s a tragedy that people like you are leaders in this once great nation.

  • Dirk - 2012-03-03 04:34

    True friends and of course, he needs the support of the YL. There are thousands more like Malema, and SAs must not be fooled into believing that we have seen the last of Malema or his views. There are many who are even more radical.

  • Gordon - 2012-03-03 04:42

    I am an American writing this, and in America we study South Africa(the apartheid situation) in a few schools, but what we know of it that the ANC is the home of Mandela, and in America we love Mandela, but I heard Melam and Mbalaua are complete buttholes. Oh and by the way, hows the weather down is SA? I live in the US and it is snowing heavily........... at least you don't have snow

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-03 07:12

      Gordon Thanks for taking an interest in our SA politics. We would like Americans to follow what happens in our country... actually we never have a dull moment, particually this Malema you may start to get an insight into what the average South African has to go through...when we have some uneducated individuals running our country. Stay tuned in and welcome, you'll be amazed at what you read sometimes.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-03 07:14

      Gordon, you are fortunate to have snow....we are as HOT AS HELL right now.

      Silvana - 2012-03-03 09:44

      Is this a chat room?

      Marion - 2012-03-03 12:28

      @Silvana .... no this isn't a chat room. It is a place where most people place one liners and some object if anyone actually tries to get a debate going or expresses a friendly greeting to another.

      Garth - 2012-03-03 13:03

      Gordon, the weather has got stuff-all to do with the subject. Malema is a product of anc destabilisation in schools during the apartheid era. After that he is a product of himself and the corruption that the useless, worthless anc is beset with and that does not have apartheid as it progenitor. There are many like him in the useless, worthless anc, just none so dumb as to believe themselves infallible, well maybe mbalula, but not too many more, well maybe lots more. Oh and by the way, mandela is an ex-terrorist, ex-convict, ex-president with no political sway in this country, you can have him, if you like.

      Lungani - 2012-03-03 14:35

      @Gordon....We do have snow occasionally around Eastern Cape where Mbalula traditionally/inheritenly comes from

      Kusleg - 2012-03-03 14:56

      Gordon....Your written English sucks try American english. are an idiot of the highest order- please sit down.!

      Eduard - 2012-03-05 09:20

      Gordon. SA (the majority of all cultures in SA) folks have a lot of respect for Mandela. He has done a lot for human kind. Unfortunately Malema and his comrades (including Zuma) are a bit short of a whole loaf of bread. Any president that talks too much and do too little (in Zuma's case, nothing) is weak and not the right man for the job. Apartheid was a shame and has done nothing good for SA in the future, but after 20y, SA is trying to move on, but Malema and his cronies don't like that idea. They prefer a Zimbabwe style collapse in SA. In other words, no vision.

  • Desmond - 2012-03-03 05:51

    BOO !!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:28

    If fatboy is the type of politics this (Don't know anything about sports)little chappie advocates then the anc is bouncing on zero on a scale of 1-10.

  • George - 2012-03-03 07:14

    A leader who defies the outcome of a disciplinary hearing and declares who against the process. A leader who calls a president of his organization showerhead in public. A leader who openly call legal citizens of a country criminals. A leader who says a member of his organization has a fake accent. Do you call that a leader? What is so tragic about him being expelled. I blame the ANC for taking their time. He should have been expelled a long time ago.

      Nigel - 2012-03-03 14:41

      now for the Hawks & SARS to get the money back that he stole from the poor...all R 53 million.

  • Pheeha Gabriel Lengeloi LaBodirwa - 2012-03-03 07:27

    i disagree there is nothing tragedy about being fired: he must ask him self how many presidents came before him and how did they leave; for their departure it wasn't pleasant

      Jaffea Joe - 2012-03-03 08:06

  • flysouth - 2012-03-03 08:35

    The only political tragedy here is the one suffered by Mbalula who now does not have the self-appointed 'kingmaker, Fatboy Foolius to help him with his plan to unseat Zuma and become President! These people are such fools and knaves and utterly unfit to run a public toilet, much less a nation.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-03 08:49

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • comurray - 2012-03-03 08:55

    Anybody with more than one brain cell could not give a damn if the ANCYL survived or not.

  • Piet - 2012-03-03 09:08

    No Fikele, the abuse and tirany by malema is a tragedy. By your words you support his abuse then? Shame on you

  • paul.darne - 2012-03-03 09:41

    Malema's expulsion a tenderpreneurs!

  • Johan - 2012-03-03 09:46

    Fikele himself is a tragedy. Anyone read rhe Bret Kebble story.... Fikele has many skeletons in his closet!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-03 09:50

    Julius Malema is worth around 53 million rand

      Thabo - 2012-03-03 10:33

      Not for long. It is very expensive to fight a legal battle of the magnitude ahead of him. The Hawks will soon be issuing some warrants. He won't have much left when Zuma is finished with him. Advocate R50,000 per appearance. R3000 consultation per hour. Tenders will soon be cancelled, best buddies will now run back to the pots of gold of the ANC and he will be forgotten. He was never a smart politician to begin with. You can't fail most your subjects at high school and survive the cut throat world of politics.

  • Phillip Havenga - 2012-03-03 10:41

    The only tragedy here is that this idiot is allowed to spout his stupid mutterings.

  • Den - 2012-03-03 10:43

    suppose hes also on the take, or fat knows to much so hes protecting him

  • Grimett - 2012-03-03 11:02

    Tragedy = Petrol price set to rise again.

  • Mart - 2012-03-03 11:20

    Logic seems to be lost on far too many in this country. Malema is rabid and his action of biting the hand that feeds him is proof of this. The organisation currently known as the ANC is trading on the goodwill secured by the likes of Tambo and Mandela. It is just a matter of time before the masses realise that the promises being made to them are not only hollow but unsustainable in a real world. The clashes between ANCYL and those opposed to their agenda again is proof that the ANC as a whole is becoming more fragmented as time goes by. It is no secret that many are ready to jump ship a la COPE, but this time with more of a solid foundation on which to contest for the hearts of the people.

  • Paul - 2012-03-03 11:37

    Mbalula is a former Julius! Not quite as noisy, not quite as arrogant, but quite similar. I agree that we must allow divergent opinions to be voiced or we run the risk of stagnating, becoming stooges, and following the piper over the cliff like lemmings. Mbalula was probably a little more disciplined that Julius and that was the latter's downfall. I can say with confidence that there are MP's, Ministers and Cabinet members with far more militant agendas that Julius has. These are the people we need to be very worried about. Most of us are oblivious to these predators who are the thugs in suits we need to expose and remove from public life, the politicians and their family and friends who dodge prosecution and get out of jail free. There is 1 futurist / scenario planner, call him what you want, who really understands SA. Clem Sunter is now including the failed state / banana republic / basket case as a possibility for our future. It may be a small probability right now, but we should all be very worried. We need disciplined leaders not our bunch of thugs in suits!

      Thando Ramncwana - 2012-03-03 12:17

      Well said Paul, Im an active ANC member who participates fully in branch activities. Im of th 2nd term faction soley bcoz of lukn @ th alternative whch for me wud lead to this failed state bcoz of thugs in suits....

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-03 13:44

    Good redance at least a foolish young man can now concetrate in milking his rinderpest diseased cows and churn cheese to feed his granny mom. ANC Youth League was hijacked by a rabies crazy jackal. SARS must finish the business. Mbalula introdued toxins n the youth league by believe in radicalism.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-03 14:36

    you are next!!!

  • Lungani - 2012-03-03 14:53

    Two option Solution are 1. Ban ANCYL and let anyone interested join ANC direct OR 2. Set stringent criteria to be a member of ANCYL eg age < 25 years, Non-working/earning salary, han no child. That will stop everything including tenderpreneuring etc

  • jimmythulare - 2012-03-03 17:18

    Juju didn't see this coming but its a lesson to the ANCYL that leadership should be respected & our differences is not cause for rebellion.

  • Bongeka - 2012-03-03 17:35

    Wow! Juju is fired (NO) relieved of his duties, I think that's a right way to put it.And the whole minister says it's a tragedy?Makes you wonder,huh?This is what I call dirty,cheap and opportunistic politics.Somebody had to put that kid where he belongs,(to the boys). SORRY MR MINISTER.At least you've shown where your loyalty lies.But,unfortunately ANC has spoken and made more than 80% if not more of South African population happy.Sorry (baba) maybe next time.

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-03 17:52

    Malema's expulsion a tragedy, Mbalula says. I agree with Mbalula entirely. The ANC tolerated his crap for far too long. They allowed him to become the embarrassment that he has become for the ANC and this country and me.

  • lebohang.matloha - 2012-03-03 18:11

    @Gordon.Get F**k out of here this is not American Politics.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-03 19:39

      lebohang.matloha..your gracious ways blow me rude you are...this is a perfect example of the uncouth(look up in dictionary), behaviour of the uneducated human waste that we share our air with. Please take note Gordon, now you see what happens here.Lebohang you are like Malema, filling your face to often with to much food.

  • braamc - 2012-03-03 21:25

    What f&^%cken ever with these thieving Anc filth

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-03 22:18

    I fully agree with Fikele. It was an absolute tradegy that Malema was only expelled from the ANC. The correct thing would have been to put Malema along with the whole present ANCYL in a huge cardboard box, and then gently ease it off the top of the roof of Lutuli House.Even better, Fikele should have sat on top of the box, just to keep all his good mates company, on the way down.

  • Marais Van den Berg - 2012-03-04 06:07

    The only tragedy is that a cabinet minister would say what he said. If he had wanted to butter up the ANCYL ahead of Mangaung, he could have been more subtle. I now just wonder whether these statements aren't also sowing division in the ANC...

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-03-04 08:27 is indeed a tragigal pity that Malemma was expelled ONLY....... he should have been punished severely before being exposed of properly. But..... lets see what happens next to him. The show is not over yet and it seems as if the ANC has at last developed some guts

  • Mfosi - 2012-03-04 10:19

    Is the chubby one daring the president to remove him fromhis fat litle perch?

  • tuks - 2012-03-05 09:31

    mbalula is saddened by the expulsion of malema,cause the silly-boy wanted him to become secretary-general,who will now do the dirty work for you mbaks now that malema is gone?

  • patricmthombeni - 2012-03-05 10:39

    Malema blew 3 million in one year for Gucci

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