Zuma hints at action against Malema

2012-09-13 16:04

Cape Town - Government may be planning to move against former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, President Jacob Zuma suggested on Thursday.

Responding to questions on the Marikana tragedy in the National Assembly, President Jacob Zuma told MPs there were "activities that are not acceptable" that were fomenting tension and unrest in the mining industry.

Government was looking at these.

"And I have engaged with the ministers concerned, to discuss how do we deal with this issue. And very, very soon we will be able to let the public know. Because it can no longer be accepted."

Zuma, in an apparent reference to Malema, who earlier this week called on mine workers to engage in a mass national strike, said it was not just the striking miners who were engaged in such unacceptable activity.

"It is also some people of some description who are going there to instigate miners to operate in a particular way. It can not be accepted. And therefore we are looking into that; we are going to be acting very soon," he said.

Earlier, in response to a question on what he planned to do about "the uncontrollable Polokwane political Frankenstein, Malema, created by yourself", Zuma laughed, and said he had created no such person.

"I shouldn't be blamed for somebody who has some characteristic of his own. It's not my fault. I never participated in the production of such a person," Zuma said, to jeers from opposition benches.

On Thursday, it was reported that the SA National Defence Force was seeking legal advice on what charges could be brought against Malema.

The day before, Malema addressed 40 of more than 1 000 soldiers suspended after a protest at the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 2009. The SANDF took the unusual step of placing all its bases on high alert in anticipation of the meeting.

On Tuesday this week, Malema, speaking at a mine near Carletonville, called for workers at all SA mines to strike until the leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) stepped down.

"If they [NUM leaders] don't hear our demands, we will strike for five days a month until they listen," he said at the time.

  • frigo.donnerweer - 2012-09-13 16:11

    Action should have been taken YEARS ago!

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-13 16:12

    Labour Brokers/Unions/Deductions!!!!! They Earn R11000 take home R4000, earn R16000 take home R8000, give a livable wage get rid of Labour Brokers and Unions then all this will stop.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 16:40

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-14 06:40


      jessica.main.501 - 2012-09-14 11:33

      totally agree. life of living is high. what can they do R4000 ?

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-14 13:56

      Yes they have garnishee orders in their payslips mostly for maintance and other expenses for which they refuse to pay and hence Garnishee Orders for which they cannot avoid. If you cannot live on 11000-00 in SA then you shouldnt work.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-14 16:08

      "what can they do R4000 ?" Much more than with R0 after the mines closed down.

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-13 16:14

    Acting against Malema in what way? Throwing him in jail? Then he will be the next Mandela. The ANC must find out what is bugging Malema, and see if they can help him overcome his pain. Malema is bitter and he is on a roll. The longer the ANC waits the more influential he will become. Be aware and be warned.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-13 16:23

      Maybe Malema will be a better leader after 27 years in jail (probably not), but we can only dream.

      azaa.azoot - 2012-09-13 20:53

      @tshililo.siobo The ANC cant handle JUJU. He is not an anc member . He is an ordenary citizen of this country.Zumer trousersnake created this monster , but he wont be able to get him back in his cage.The corruption and mismanagement of this country under Zuma created the ground for this discontent . All that JUJU doing is making use of the oppertunities the ANC created for him . People say JUJU must be locked up . He has done nothing illegal. Been a fat lazy oppertunistic idiot is not a crime . But all this sed and done remember 1974 soweto uprising - nearly a civil war .Dont take Juju lightly , he got the support to start a civil war , and this time it will be black on black . It seems to me the standard way to change regime in Africa is by civil war. Juju in or out of jail - He is the spark in this flamable situation. If this country hasnt been plauged by corruption and nepotism the past 18 years , Malema would not have had support . We all have seen how easy uprisings start in the Middle east - We are in the middle of one and are to stuped to even regognise it. Juju sed he will make this country ungovernable , he is well on his way achieving it . so brace yourself for it. Its comming

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-14 13:58

      This is one guy you cannot change. An irritant .

  • marita.pienaar - 2012-09-13 16:14

    Hint ???? The government MAY be planning to move against Malema!!! It seems to me the government won't lift a finger against Malema - Why are they so lenient about this guy or are they just using him and his mouth to do and say what they actually want????

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-13 16:14

    Yawn..... "We are going to be acting very soon," Zuma said. This man really has no goal as president of this country. He is really going after Malema now. Nay president

      patrickmpanyana.mogwaneng - 2012-09-13 16:45

      Can someone decisive(not popularist) help this country from Zuma please.

      azaa.azoot - 2012-09-13 20:57

      Everybody wished that Zuma trousersnake will be given his orders to leave . And now Malema is doing it . BE CAREFULL WHAT YOU WISH FOR YOU MIGHT GET IT

  • nicholas.rowan - 2012-09-13 16:16

    Not surprised. The guy's been bordering on sedition for a while now.

      azaa.azoot - 2012-09-13 21:00

      @NicholasRowan As much as I hate Malema - Tell me ONE law , just ONE that Malema has broken ?? He got the right to free speech . I personally feel that been a idiot fat lazy instigator should be a capital offence , but that's just my opinion

      nicholas.rowan - 2012-09-14 09:24

      @Azaa.azoot Yes, you're right; he hasn't broken any laws yet. But like I said - he's bordering on sedition which is a very serious crime. There a difference between free speech and inciting violence. Having said that I doubt the government wants to make a martyr of him by accusing him of it.

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-13 16:16

    Zuma there is only 1 thing you can do. Malema (spit) has a right to speak as we all do, (so you can't get him on that) but he is hurting the country. What you must do is speed up the prosecution for tax evasion and fraud, just like Al Capone.

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-15 08:48

      But he does not have the right to incite violence and undermine the authority - such as it is - of the state: that's sedition.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-13 16:17

    I am still saying many people were happy when Julius Malema was fired from the ANC. I think the ANC made their worst mistake by doing that. They had an opportunity to deal with him inside the organization, but now unfortunately how are they going to deal with him as a private citizen? They tried with their agencies but where are all the allegations and charges everyone was talking about? The only solutions is to take him back to the organization and let him speak to the miners as a member of the organization maybe we can see a difference with the situation..just my thought.

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-14 14:04

      Take him back, my foot. MALEMA will never be an ANC member ever again for all the damage he has caused to our beautiful country even if the ANC has a new President. It will be a disgrace to take him back.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-13 16:17

    An action!!!

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-13 16:17

    Zuma hints at action against Malema whilst the court hints at action against Zuma.

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-09-13 16:17

    The old dog is tired of the puppy pulling his tail and ears, and is starting to growl. But, the old dog's teeth are worn down and useless. The puppy knows this.

      Jenny - 2012-09-14 20:28

      Oh please give me a break. Puppies are cute and attractive - this is a lumpen schtumpen bumpen pudding with a pancake on its head. I know it sounds shallow but he really is repulsive to look at.

  • tdastile1 - 2012-09-13 16:18


  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-09-13 16:18

    "hinting" which basically means, "we'll form a committee to look into it, then take it for ratification and then argue about the terms of reference and then do nothing for a few months and hope it blows over over"

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 16:42

      Definitely. They'll have to set up a commission of enquiry so more comrades can lick the gravy spoon.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-13 16:19

    What are you going to do silence maleme ?you are really a dictator ,after mangaung you will join malema in prison

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-13 16:19

    What are you going to do silence maleme ?you are really a dictator ,after mangaung you will join malema in prison

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-13 16:21

    I thought the action was already taken.He was expelled isn't?What were the conditions on his expulsion

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-13 16:21

    "the uncontrollable Polokwane political Frankenstein, Malema, created by yourself" hehehehehehehehehehehe!!!question..why am i lafin?..uncontrollable Polokwane political Frankenstein.....funny **s***t**

  • lizo.masina - 2012-09-13 16:24

    Denying the fact that he did not contribute to Juju's behaviour is nonsense it's exactly the same thing they did when to toppled former Prident Mbeki.What goes up must come down.The only problem is that investors would run away and loose faith in a country which is ungovernable.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-09-13 16:25

    take his food and Johnny Walker away.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-09-13 16:26

    And the wheels of Polokwane are about to come off! Let's hope that by the time we get to Mangaung the ANC have realised that in order to govern you need people with vision, morals and a belief in the country, not a man whose morality doesn't stretch much further than his mkhonto we sizwe and whose beady eye is on the money, but to find a person of such great character in the present Tripartite Alliance will be like Malema keeping quiet for 5 days!Impossible!

      Erna - 2012-09-13 17:19

      You're expecting miracles are you?

      david.coetzee.77 - 2012-09-14 21:13

      You use words like morals and vision - They still have problems with simple things like theft and maintenance

  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-09-13 16:28

    Well when he was suspended, it made no difference. What on earth can government do? I vote that he is charged with treason. Because that is what he is doing! He is inciting violence, theft, murder and general disobedience of the laws of the country! Treason! Treason!

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-13 18:58

      Agreed - he is doing LOTS more damage than the "Boeremag" who were all found guilty of 'Treason'. Zuma must shut him up and then crawl under a rock in Nkandla, so decent citizens can start rebuilding this land.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-13 16:28

    A Hint, what is this. He has allowed Malema to bring disgrace on our country. Now the world can see exactly what a day in South Africa is like. There is hardly a day that goes by that there is no strikes or protests, murders or rapes taking place. This is not a true democracy in actual fact its a demolition of democracy by the ANC and their Alliance Partners and their overgrown out of control BABY CADRES. We have not got out of apartheid yet, it just switched sides except in this one jobs are denied to the people who could help take us forward. I know you are scared that the ANC will lose out but who cares who is running the country if all people are treated the same and everything is running smoothly. Everybody working side by side teaching each other skills and fundamentals. Wake up you need to crawl out of the hole you are hiding in.

      david.coetzee.77 - 2012-09-14 21:15

      Luzuko it would have been declared loooooooong before the ANC Sharpville (Lonmin) incident

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-13 16:30

    All politicians lie, what makes you think Zuma is telling the truth?

      kennethsface - 2012-09-15 20:34


  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-13 16:30

    You're just as much to blame Zuma as anyone. Firstly, but not doing enough for the country and the poor as a whole, and secondly for not stepping in earlier.

  • John - 2012-09-13 16:31

    If Malema has committed a crime of any sort why does the marvelous NPA prosecute him? Do WE have to pay for a R10 million commission of enquiry to establish this? I personally do not support Malema but I do object to MY and YOUR sovereign RIGHTS being eroded by OUR SERVANT GOVERNMENT who delude themselves that they are the MASTERS of the PEOPLE.

  • thandop5 - 2012-09-13 16:31

    Bite him so hard my President....

  • john.morovonyovo - 2012-09-13 16:33

    JUJU the voice of our generation. keep on doing good job, we love u JUJU.

      patrick.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-13 16:48

      malema is a f**l i cnt b let by him

      patrick.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-13 16:49

      malema is a f**l i cnt b let by him

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-13 17:09

      That's probably why your generation has no hope only vitriol.

      graham.horn.505 - 2012-09-14 08:33

      Juju represents the destruction of this country and you obviously think its ok just because he is black and you are? He has no competence whatsoever just like Zuma who created him. The only important difference is that Zuma is more mature and therfore less reckless.

  • tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-09-13 16:35

    Mr President cut the crap, wether yo goverment charge JUJU or not, the miners are still gonna strike. And atleast juju did better than yo static cabinet(He adressed miners) and you Mr President is leading from the backdoor.

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-09-13 16:38

    Well, sedition is one charge that should be laid.....

  • chrisinoz.fuffie - 2012-09-13 16:39

    Al wat ek wil se is: Kyk net bietjie na daai fototjie van die ding, "say no more"

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-13 16:39

    Julius is so strong Mr Zuma never try to fight him cause you will loose all your teeth

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-09-13 16:41

    I will only believe it when I see it and Malema feels it....a good hiding with a Police truncheon and night stick that is.

  • dinitech - 2012-09-13 16:42

    I JUST NEED YOUR AMEN ON THIS PRAYER AND YOUR ONENESS IN SPIRIT, FOR THE NATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (Luke 21:36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.") (Let us pray for the nation of South Africa, let us pray for peace and understand among the people of South African, let us also pray for understanding among the political leaders in time like these, for (the politician) to take The interest of the people in their heart in every decision that they may take, let us also pray for the workers and employer to find common ground in time like these, especially those in the mining industry because they are the one holding the economics of South African.) (Lord Jesus we come before you now to give you praise and thanks, to honor your holy name, you have be so good to the nation of South African, you have risen leader of humble character, leader that look’s after your people; Lord Jesus we pray at this hour for divine intervention for peace for the nation of South Africa, Lord Jesus make a way where it seem the is no way, bring understanding between the employer and the employee in the mining industry, we also pray for your people that are in-between the mess that this whole thing is about to cause give them strength to overcome. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, AMEN)

  • lsfreak - 2012-09-13 16:42

    So the municipal/Gov workers can strike and go on a rampage which we all accept but the SA money spinner's can't. Why are they not entitled to their cut :/

  • dinitech - 2012-09-13 16:44

    Hi good day, people of God i don know if you believer in Christ Jesus if yes I just want you to take a look at this prophecy given by a man of God last year, by Prophet TB Joshua. After you must have taken a look, maybe you can think of doing something, I wish you good lucky

  • ishmailnare - 2012-09-13 16:45

    U r 100% Right Mr JuJu.... I'm behind U all the way.... 100% behind Malema

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-13 16:49

    Rumble in the Jungle , in the red corner We have JUJU THE INSTIGATOR And in the Blue corner we have ZUMA THE CORRUPTOR. Fair fight gentlemen no kicking and no biting.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-13 17:04

      1st their anthems. Malema's "kiss the boer" and Zuma's "Umshini wam"

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-13 17:28

      Lol @ Thabang. There is a slight delay , Zuma is still in the shower .

  • impi.masondo - 2012-09-13 16:49

    hands off our future president

      jaco.dutoit.796 - 2012-09-13 16:52

      You don't have a future with malema wake up

      Erna - 2012-09-13 17:07

      If I remember correctly, you guys were just as eager to have Zuma as president 3 years ago! That turned out well for you, did it?

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-09-13 17:26

      Your future president not our because when you says our you're including a lot of people and myself Iam not in that category(our).

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-09-13 16:52

    Zuma shifting responsibility, how can he blame Malema for the plea of workers. Is time the workers get what is due to them. Hands off Malema.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-09-13 16:55

    the wide spread suffering amongst the people is now the fault of president zuma or julius malema, is it really true? when they came here, did they lie? did they kill? did they steal? the sad part is that they are not prepared to admit and apologize and ofcourse pay reparations to the natives for cultural terrorism and breaking the will to survive on their own will....even a distinguished afrikaner proffesor at stellenbosch varsity acknowled this legacy

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-13 16:57

    Zuma is more upset by the rants of JU JU , than the death of the miners. He should assist the miners to earn a decent wage instead of worrying about a loud mouth friend of the youth league.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-13 16:58

    Just another stall tactic to appease the panic! Lipservice-nothing else!

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-13 16:58

    Yes, but they have to be careful. Malema now has a lot of support on the ground. Making the wrong move against him might just cause unrest in SA, the beginning of utter chaos.

  • mocan.jack - 2012-09-13 17:01

    Lol. Zuma will announce tomorrow "A task team will look into the matter at hand" zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz same old story.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-13 17:04

    I really hope they put this jelly baby on his place,but to be honest (and i hope im not right) Jacob Zuma doesnt have the balls to do anything to Malema.Zuma knows that the ANCYL is the backbone of the ANC even if Malema was expelled from the YL.This shows that Zuma cant keep a leash on hes dog,no wonder South Africa is in such a bad state.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-13 17:11

    Unless he's committed a crime you can't do anything, so wa-a-h! Freedom of speech rules. With talk like that Zuma is jeopardising a genuine criminal case, as Malema will claim he is the victim of a conspiracy aka ANC Criminal Defence 101. Hey! It worked for Zuma; no, wait. That was political interference.

  • DPMGG - 2012-09-13 17:13

    My little knowledge of the law tells me that Malema has not committed any offence with regards to Lonmin, Goldfields and SANDF addresses. Let JZ charge him if there is any offence Malema has committed. Let the NPA speed up the process of giving Zille the reasons for the withdrawal of charges against the Honourable President JZ. Hopefully that process can be finished before Mangaung ANC conference. In any event the NPA MUST comply the Supreme Court of Appeal order to show that they (NPA) respect the rule of law.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-13 17:15

    Cape Town - Government has the right to criticise platinum producer Lonmin, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. Responding to a question in the National Assembly, he told MPs that progress on addressing worker housing at Lonmin's mines was "not as in other mines". "We cannot stop criticising companies who have money. We have made policies that they should change housing [for workers] from being hostels... into family houses. "And some of the mines are doing it. And that is why you can stand and criticise Lonmin. Because the progress there is not as in other mines. Those are the facts," Zuma said. Therefore, "we have the right to criticise Lonmin". Earlier, referring to the mining industry in general, he said conditions in mines were terrible. "With regard to the conditions in the mines: I think it would be a mistake to compare what government is doing, and what the mines have been doing over the centuries. I think it would be an unfair comparison. "Conditions in the mines have been terrible, all the time, as a specific area that is owned by companies, not by government." JZ is totally incoherent, repeating himself and saying nothing, nevermind doing anything.

      azaa.azoot - 2012-09-13 22:56

      Gerhard , did you count how many times he gave us the middle finger(when adjusting his glasses) during the speech??? He really told all of us to F off a few times

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-13 17:17

    President Zuma, if you manage to rid us of Malema, then you have my vote

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-09-13 17:21

    '...soon we will let the public know, tjwat, tjwat, tjwat' I say whilst you still are in the mood will you let the public know what will you do with huge shortages of water in our taps, what will you do with the minister of education, etc.