Julius Malema: The Triumphs and the National Burden

2016-11-26 04:08

The year 2016 for sure was not quiet. Throughout the year South Africans were exposed to sordid convoluted comedy of profligate monoculture of graft and corruption in high places. The rumors were made real. We now know that the concept of state capture is true. Our knowing astounded our sense of moral indignation and national pride. We are in the dispensation of corruption, economic anomie and moral decay.

The term mumu is a quintessential West African term that implies a buffoon, a person susceptible to scams and other forms of trickery, a person easily taken advantage of by others; a person so trusting that unscrupulous people hoodwink him.

Out of the term mumu comes our Afrikaans term moegoe. Moegoe translates (rather prosaically) that you are not only a fool, but very stupid, an idiot. One of our Sunday newspapers, the Sunday World has a feature space where the paper announces moegoes of the week.

EFF has done its great job as Opposition political party to ensuring that South Africans are not treated as moegoes. It has been loudest with its barbed message against kleptocracy.

It changed government in Johannesburg and Tshwane. ANC because it advertises itself as divinity in the country has been so mad that EFF did not vote with them in those metros: "Oh why EFF didn't don't vote with us, why vote for "supremacist" DA?"

To the ANC the political arithmetic was simple; EFF should have voted with them simply because they are Black! Nothing wrong about that. Racial solidarity is important, but it should not supersede upholding of universal principles and common sense. Common sense will tell you that there is too much corruption in this country and the lives of the majority of people are getting worse by the day, suffering is escalating in every front.

EFF cannot be seen as fertilizer for the malaise that plagues and wrecks people. They have made that statement loud and clear.

What I admire about EFF is that it does not get confused by ANC's sophomoric theatrics. You don't have to be a supporter or follower of EFF to admire their great role they are playing in our society. The grace and class of EFF is real.

ANC has been left frustrated. The frustration is gotten out of hand. In Nelson Mandela Metro one ANC councilor, out of deep seated frustration took a jar of glass and smashed it on the head of a House Speaker in savage animal attack, blood spurting mixed with pieces of glass sticking on the smashed head of the House Speaker. Some evil tragedies take your breath away. They stun and shock you into silence and speechlessness.

Many things have been said about EFF, its conduct in the national Parliament. But all EFF's  altercation with the House Speaker has been and is purely on the intellectual plane, contesting of ideas. They never smashed her head, and spilled her blood. When ANC go low EFF go high.

During the municipal elections campaigning the heavyweight leaders of the ANC, out of the toll of frustrations, went in full force attacking the DA. They called the DA a political party run by poisonous snakes. They incited hate. They ware on a mission to  Make South Africa Hate Again.

What is Julius Malema all about after the local government elections? He has been hard to pin down. Many commentary has been off the mark. The dominant commentary emerging is that his star is waning and he appears to loose his mojo.

Quite the contrary!

The post local government election Julius Malema has been spinning a web like a spider. The web that the spider spins is like complex geometry - the structure very confusing. As the spider moves back and forth weaving and spinning, to the spectator the spider seems to be caught in a great maze of confusion. It is hard to pin what it is doing.

Why does a spider create a web?

The main reason a spider spin the web is to catch its dinner. When an insect, such as a fly, flies into a spider's web, it gets stuck on the sticky threads. When a spider catches prey in the sticky strands of its web, it approaches the trapped insect and uses its fangs to inject poison, that either kills or paralyzes the prey.

That is what Julius Malema has been doing post local government elections.  All his activities are conceived, planned and executed with the 2019 national elections in mind. Recently at a court appearance he talked about himself being the president of the country.

Let us consider key activities Julius Malema has undertaken post the local government elections to begin to get to understand him better:

Julius Malema upset the balance of power in the country. He dealt a terrible blow to the ANC by literally ejecting the ANC out of power in both Tshwane and Johannesburg. That decision we have already seen that it has left the ANC reeling spinning and spinning in a dizzying, ridiculous, violent dance, racing ever closer to the edge of the jagged precipice. As things are now, things are falling apart and the center is not holding in the ANC. Its soul has been taken away. Everyone is pulling in different directions. There are press conferences each contrary the other, each claiming to represent the ANC.

The second thing to note after the local government elections is that, Julius Malema has been appointed to lead EFF election strategy towards the 2019 national elections. He has pledged total commitment to the project. In Parliament he has been a member of the portfolio committees on justice‚ mineral resources and international relations‚ but he has since resigned those roles.

The third thing is that Julius Malema successfully placed the EFF above the DA. By that I mean that while it brought DA in power in Tshwane and Johannesburg, EFF stood above any postulations that it is subservient to DA or in bed with it. No one can ever accurately say that EFF is hand in hand with DA. It was a tough task they aimed to achieve and they have succeeded. EFF has remained staunchly at variance, at the opposite angle of the DA.

The fourth thing worthy of note is that Julius Malema galvanized the nation in a very warm way, away from politics. He has been an advocate of healthy living. He has been mentoring and coaching the country on healthy living, sharing personal stories on how he keeps his physique trim through exercise and healthy eating. It is a worthy cause considering that most of our politicians are fat with big tummies.

He has raised the importance of family; explaining the great contribution his wife Mantwa plays in his life. By all signs this is a happy marriage, away from the glare of the public. The couple entered the second stage of their marriage with baby Munzhedzi coming into the world thus providing more joy to the happy family. Congratulations and bliss for them. Lovely.

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The fifth things to reflect on is that EFF led a great successful march in Pretoria during the state capture court hearings. It branded and hammered down the whole mood with EFF gesture.

All these five points and others are key factors in the complex web that Julius Malema is creating towards the 2019 national elections. Something powerful is being build. Is he a Donald Trump to shock all predictions?

If you still have a shadow of doubt that all these activities are geared towards the 2019 national elections consider the fact that Julius Malema went to Checkpoint programme of ENCA TV station and made a shocking statement about the closing down of the ANC.

The CheckPoint interview leaves one numb.

Julius Malema is in great demand right across all media channels. The question is why did he choose to go to Checkpoint - a notorious programme that is about dirty underground dealings, drunkards, robbers and low down corruption to make an announcement of the closing down of the ANC there?

In the interview Malema came across as one who knew that his words will resonate and reverberate and send shock waves.

The National Burden

And now Julius Malema is getting at the heart of the national burden. At the heart of EFF and the heart of the country is the issue of land.

There is a sense in which the name of the virus afflicting South Africa is the failure of the ANC to confront and address the sore issue of the land. EFF has since become the centrepoint on this issue.

EFF marches have been tested and found to be very peaceful and well disciplined

I have always said that Julius Malema is not a politician in the strict sense of the word. It is hard for him to lie and sustain himself through those lies. Eventually he break out and confront the truth. You cannot say correctly that the people who follow EFF have been lied to. But to other parties you can get some kind of vague sense that people are being lied to.

There is silver lining, something good that can emerge and will emerge from the EFF's  tough stance on the land question.

I believe the time has come to bring all our keenest minds on how this issue of the land should be resolved.

One of the keenest minds this country has ever produced spoke recently. The former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has spoken powerfully about the land issue. Dikgang Moseneke is a moderate not a radical. But on the issue of land he is radical. He has said this November at the Helen Suzman Foundation that the problem of land is so big that it might cause a national revolution.

Dikgang Moseneke has been consistent with this idea. Early this year in February as Deputy Chief Justice brokered a public discussion on the land question. During the discussion he made remarks by quoting Frantz Fanon: “For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”

Moseneke further said that the ANC has not taken the time to audit the content of what we inherited from the Apartheid. It was too happy and satisfied to accept without question the Apartheid confection of South African space and run with it. It was a monumental error.

At minimum, we ought to agree with the EFF and Dikgang Moseneke. Remove all the rhetoric, what the EFF is calling for is that let us get on with this arduous, messy, but inescapable  task of remaking the Apartheid-delineated space called South Africa into a veritable vital space for all the people of this country. How can this be achieved? Are we willing (Black and White) to get out of our comfort zones and address the pervasive poverty and suffering across the country?

As Dikgang Moseneke has said, the majority of South Africans are forced to belong within a space that had no spirit-lifting narrative, no pathos or inspiring ideal. They are besieged by the hard life of sorrow and despair.

One thing for sure that you cannot take from EFF and get away with it, is that the party remains grounded in the everyday reality of South Africans, feeling the pulse of a people racked by profound hopelessness, doom and gloom.There must be a chance to create alternative spaces in the paralysis all around us.

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Its been great year South Africa! ---- see you in 2017         

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