Zuma will speak for me, Malema says

2012-01-06 18:04

Thaba'Nchu - Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Friday he was unperturbed by not being given a chance to speak at the ruling party's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

"I am not here to speak... President Zuma will speak on behalf of all of us. He was elected, whether we like him or not," he told a crowd at the Moroka Primary School in Thaba'Nchu in the Free State.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete told reporters on Wednesday that Malema would not be given the podium on Sunday, when Zuma delivered his annual January 8 statement in Bloemfontein.

Mbete said all messages of support, including Malema's, would be compiled into a booklet to be distributed to the 100 000 people expected to attend the ANC's centenary festivities over the weekend.

Malema first publicly referred to Zuma as "shower man" at the ANC's Limpopo conference in December 2011, where his close ally Cassel Mathale retained his position as provincial ANC chairman.

The beleaguered youth league leader was elected to the Limpopo ANC's provincial executive committee.

Before Malema's arrival in Thaba'Nchu on Friday, a group of youth at the school sang the "shower song". Some youth league leaders, including suspended secretary Sindiso Magaqa, first formed a circle and then lead the crowd in song.

"Malema re rapedise rea e sokolela. Shawara ya re sokodisa," they sang.

The words translate as: "Malema pray for us we are suffering. The shower man is giving us problems."

As in Limpopo, where the song made its debut, the Free State youth accompanied it with a gesture over their heads symbolising a shower.

This was a reference to Zuma's rape trial in 2006, during which he said he took a shower after having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman.

The group of young people also sang a song in praise of ANC national executive committee member and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who was with Malema in Thaba'Nchu.

The youth league wanted him to replace ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the party's elective conference in Bloemfontein in December this year.

"Thina sifuna uMbalula [We want Mbalula]," they sang.

Malema held his first "mini-rally" in Welkom on Thursday.

The rallies are convened as part of the celebrations of the ANC's centenary celebrations.

  • houstin.smith - 2012-01-06 18:13

    Yes Zuma will definately speak for Mr Malema. Viva Malema Viva. SA's future president indeed.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-06 18:35

      Houstin? Is that a name? Housetin...we have a problem! or did you hear the radio talk about Houghton. Upmarket! Nice place. VERY COLONIAL! Which you hate because its wite! peeple!. Then Smith? mmmmm You are original! Your pic also shows that you are staring at a flash. Well done! You can live in my street anytime. Just remember that the trash goes out on Thursday mornings!!

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-06 19:50

      @beetroot: I think h.s is being sarcastic, as indicated by the phrase ending with "indeed". Seriously, do you background check respondents? Shall we all get our cv's updated? @houstin... PLEASE TELL ME YOU WERE SARCASTIC or I will be shamed, and my face will indeed be beetroot-red.. :)

  • Comrade - 2012-01-06 18:13

    JULIUS WHO ???

      David Nkagisang Gawa - 2012-01-06 18:38


      RE - 2012-01-06 19:33

      lol.. soon we will laugh at that joke again, when its gonna b mandela. HA HA HA

  • RE - 2012-01-06 18:21

    me friend malema n I hav decided to get out of da closet

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-06 18:55

      Very true. Comrade Julius is rarely seen in the company of the fairer sex. " hot chicks" for those who just wrote matric. I admire Zuma for his gang bang abilities .

  • Jenny - 2012-01-06 18:32

    Juju is seeing the writing on the wall, and wants to suck up to Zuma now. He is beginning to realized how cold it is outside the ANC and it will be even colder once Zuma is re-elected. He will also lose face amongst his stupid supporters who think he can somehow pull the rabbit out of a hat and get rid of Zuma. Methinks he is about to lose even more credibility but he can always turn to his usual past-time of comfort eating (whilst his supporters starve).

  • John - 2012-01-06 18:51

    "Malema pray for us we are suffering. The shower man is giving us problems." Think this song will become part of the ANC's "tradition" as so many other forms of "hate speech" have??

      ktheron2 - 2012-01-06 18:59

      Eish! Oh dear.....

  • Shirley - 2012-01-06 19:06

    For someone who is supposedly suspended he sure gets a lot of free press exposure! Who cares wether he speaks or not-the only ones listening in anycase are the gravy train supporters!!

  • Americo - 2012-01-06 19:09

    Knock Knock!! Who is There? Julius Julius WHO Precisely

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2012-01-06 19:41

    How confused!! You hate Zuma so dearly but you also hate his enemy. Is't not supposed to be enemy of my enemy is my friend? Now choose you lost sheeps, Malema or Zuma

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2012-01-06 19:41

    How confused!! You hate Zuma so dearly but you also hate his enemy. Is't not supposed to be enemy of my enemy is my friend? Now choose you lost sheeps, Malema or Zuma

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-06 19:44

      Malema is no idiot. Zuma is.

      keketso.polisa1 - 2012-01-06 20:08


  • Hang - 2012-01-06 19:43

    So Zuma is going to say :" I am a damn idiot who has no idea how to run the country, please let me be the future president so I can starve more people to death." on stage? Better catch the next taxi to the gathering.

  • abner.malema - 2012-01-06 19:45

    Frank and John you belong to the apartheid era, a black man to you is nothing. You are delighted when blacks fight each other

      Hang - 2012-01-06 19:54

      What africans seem to forget when it comes to ANC is that when ANC put this country down the crapper, it is 35 million BLACK AFICANS gonna suffer and only 3 million WHITE AFRICANS gonna suffer. Go ahead, screw this place up, so we can all ask hand out from UN.

      Mantsho - 2012-01-06 21:34

      Its not their problem, why whites dont fight, all the time its black people, because of power and greed. look at yourself first before you complain.

  • alextodd88 - 2012-01-06 19:51

    those babbling idiots will do whatever they are told by malema... "O we love Zuma" "Now we hate him and mock him for his rape trial way back in 2006" These are the benefits (for powerful politicians) of keeping the masses ignorant... too bad the rest of the population doesn't benefit

  • Sharon - 2012-01-06 20:21

    Sounds like sour grapes to me

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-06 20:37

    Do as u told Ju Ju. It's a communist plot to destroy the morals of the youth.

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