Honorable Malema: An undisciplined boy with a whistle?

2015-08-18 11:04

A Poisoned Chalice (Part 2)

The vanguards of Shona wisdom have a saying, which goes, "Kana benzi rikanhonga pito", which translates to, 'when the errant stumbles across a whistle'.

The idiom of sorts serves as a warning and description, that, when a man flirting on the frills of sanity opportunistically stumbles across a whistle, he will blow it to the annoyance of anyone with half an ear. It is often used to describe motormouths, firebrands, and hot heads. People who paradoxically say nothing, and everything yet at the very top of their voices.

Without doubt, Julius Sello Malema is a very loud contentious figure. Dare I say, his only special capability is that, like Hitler, he poses a great danger to the lives of the very people he claims to represent. A matter i will digest in detail in part three. He is an opportunist who employs fancy populist rhetoric to wind up the masses, albeit for his own selfish benefit and ends: Power at all costs. He feeds off extreme racism, intense class struggles, absurd inconsistencies in wealth distribution and a hastily complied barrage of failed communist ideologies. But as i noted earlier, these efficacies will be a matter for another day.

Central to the subject at hand. He is undisciplined, unruly, and prone to chaotic outbursts. He is a man in love with chaos and disorder, and a man who knows how to bring anarchy of the most revolting order to the table - A simple Google search for 'Malema disrupts Parliament' will yield video evidence to support this assertion.

Alas, although he strikes the figure of a clued up man, he is not so smart, just cunning and opportunist and i can prove it.

From the time he began his movement, Julius Malema has attempted to juxtapose his person along that of revered African statesman and revolutionary, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the latter's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu PF).

He has attempted to do so with extreme intensity, and sheer cunningness, culminating in Team Zanu PF Live Spokesperson - Jason Swanepoel Zhuwawo, releasing a statement to clarify the position of Zanu PF.

In his rebuking of Malema, Zhuwawo, made it clear, that Zanu PF was a long time partner of the ANC and not the EFF, that his party had supported the struggle of their comrades of Luthuli House and would continue to do so.

JS Zhuwawo ridiculed the association between Zanu PF and EFF / Malema as - uneducated speculation by people probably smoking something illegal.

Having failed to get the much desired endorsement from a revolution well known for championing black supremacy and expropriation of white owned means of production, Malema has now resorted to authority by implied association, albeit self harming association. Especially if you choose to look twice at his role model state - Zimbabwe.

Honorable Malema expresses disgusting appreciation and misinformed adoration of the 'Zimbabwean example'.

Malema calls the suffering of Zimbabweans, a 'necessary pain in the battle against white imperialists'. In very few words, the good honorable glorifies the hunger and destitution in Zimbabwe. Read this twice!

Julius sees nothing wrong with the fact that 5 million Zimbabweans have fled into South Africa illegally? He admires the fact that another 3 million are strewn around the diaspora? Forced to flee their homes in search for a better life.

To Julius Malema, that is an ideal situation, and a situation he intends to import into the heaven that is South Africa. Read this twice too! And yes, be very scared, he intends to bring the crisis in Zimbabwe right to your doorstep. .

Imagine? Zimbabwe has a population of just 13 million living in the country, yet over 8 million Zimbos are forced destitute immigrants. In other words, Zimbabwe has just as many people living in it, as those who have fled the country.

But to Julius Malema, this is a variety of a 'necessary pain' that South Africa must go through as well. Julius Malema would welcome the forced immigration of 26.5 million South Africans to God knows where, and that is just terrifying. Whether Malema believes in the good of poverty, or he is unaware of the implications of his thoughts, it is still an indictment on the direction he intends to take the country. For example, In the policy document of his movement, the EFF acknowledges that their 'policy frameworks' will result in brawls and stiff persecution with and from Bretton Woods Institutions.

6. Certainly, the nationalisation of minerals and metals might ignite international condemnation by global imperialists, institutionalised in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and, notably, the World Trade Organisation."

As i have said before, Julius Malema seems to get it, but he does not quite get it.

What escapes his mind either deliberately, or because of genuine denial, is that, should he ascend to power and implement his policies, South Africa would become another Zimbabwe; At war with the west, simultaneously sinking into irreversible poverty and lack.

One is tempted to believe that Malema is well aware of the conflict that will follow his policies, but not the damning starvation and hunger that such kind of conflict will bring to ordinary South Africans.

But, i can only hang my head in pain, because, after all, he has called the situation North of the Limpopo 'necessary'. Meaning that he is willing to ruin the country, as long as he achieves power. He is willing to see South Africa become another DRC, as long as it spites western imperialists. The English would say, "He is intent on biting off his nose, just to spite his face." In part one of this submission, I explained how Julius Malema is fixated on big words, and faulty ideologies, which he does not understand, and which have failed repeatedly. For instance, in their policy document on nationalisation of mines, he says,

The EFF will limit foreign ownership of strategic and monopoly sectors, where the state does not exert full ownership, in order to protect South Africa’s sovereignty and to limit the repatriation of profits, so that these can be used for the further development of our people."

The strategy he points across here is more commonly known in political analysis circles as - Securitisation of Mineral Resources.

Basically, Malema and the EFF want to securitise the country’s resources to get the billions they need to finance their ideologies. But we all know that if this policy actually worked, the DRC would be the richest place on earth today.

It is imperative that we unmask this concept of securitsation for a moment so that there is no confusion over what it means and implies.

In simpler terms. A lender (say China) advances money to a borrower (South Africa) in the hope that he will pay back when he gets cash flows from the sales of minerals.

It also means all future cash flows from the borrower's (South Africa's) sale of minerals will be paid back to the lender (China) and the lender would certainly want those proceeds in an escrow account far from the marauding politicians. After the borrower has paid back the debt, whenever that may be, they can continue with the operations and bag whatever is left for whatever ideology they want to pursue. Clever readers can actually begin to see why the securitisation strategy is risky and why it will hardly bring any relief. Malema and The EFF love to say ‘We will take back the mines and the land’. That makes for nice slogans at political rallies but the reality is far from it. Sadly, if they do, South Africa will be a ‘securitised colony’ sold cheap for several decades. The only question is just who will be modern day coloniser, or the lender if you want to nit pick. You see, from a romanticised and jaundiced world view, securitisation is quite attractive, yet doomed to fail.  Hence, "A poisoned chalice" – good on the outside, but deadly once ingested.

Having dealt with the poison in the chalice, it is critical that we return to discuss the idiom of the man with the whistle.

It is accepted common knowledge that Malema loves chaos. He is very unruly, rowdy, and hell bent on breaking rules of common order. He either does not believe in civilized discourse, or violence naturally comes to him. You really must see the videos of him disrupting parliament on several occasions.

Consistent with my assertion above, this previous week, Julius Malema blatantly disregarded and disrupted parliament, again.

It has become a habit. A very bad one.

On several occasions he has given President Zuma reprieve, by disrupting parliament and preventing the President from being held to account over several key decisions and occurrences. The one time Malema chose not to 'cause chaos', President Zuma was afforded the platform to answer questions. Zuma failed spectacularly, and embarrassed himself. Malema, and to his credit, was left utterly dumbfounded too. He said, of the horror of the address, and shock in the comedy, -

How can a sitting president know so little about so much?"

However, what Julius Malema neglected to ponder on was that, had he desisted from disrupting parliament and not afforded President Zuma so much leeway, this particular anathema (knowing so little about so much) would have been noted long ago.

What is mind boggling, if not mind blowing, is that, one would have thought that through the Zuma incident, Julius Malema would have realised that  he achieves much more when he observes order.

But, a week later, he was back, disrupting parliament, Again! He does not learn at all.

The wise Shona say, 'A man who does not learn is a Moron'.

They say, 'a man who is needlessly loud about nothing and everything is a Moron'.

They say, 'A man who is given a platform to exercise both is a Moron with a whistle'.

I am not saying the good honorable is a moron. What i am saying is that, Honorable Julius Malema does not learn from recent history, or distant one either. He is needlessly and disruptively loud, and he has been given a platform to exercise both.

That is all i am saying. Like the Shona, your impression of his actions and traits, as well as what you call him is entirely up to you!

For now, Enough Said, This Is Africa!

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