Malema’s treason charge: It must be a calculated move from ANC

2016-04-27 12:02

“I will kill for Zuma”, “Kill the Boer” were some of the slogans Julius Malema was famous for during his tenure at ANC before was he fired. He got enormous support from the movement, the ANC, at that time when he was criticised in other circles for uttering such words.

The decision for ANC to approach court and lay charge against Julius Malema for treason must be a calculated move. Malema was quoted as saying, “Part of your revolutionary duty is to fight. And we are not ashamed if the need arises for us to take up arms and fight, we will fight” during the interview with Al Jazeera.

Otherwise if not, it might backfire and keep putting Julius Malema in the spotlight and giving him free accolades from the public against the ANC. This is on the drawback of him and EFF winning the case against ANC on the Nkandla saga at the Constitutional Court. In addition, he and EFF are the ones who brought the issue of Guptagate, which resulted in the public outcry and where the major banks resulted in disassociating themselves with Gupta-related businesses.

Indeed, the ANC, must apply the same logic in this regard as they did when they decided not to recall Zuma as president, citing the risk and unsustainability for the movement. Failure to secure victory in this regard will tarnish the ANC’s image, particularly when it relates legal issues and the constitution they claim to uphold. It may serve to demonstrate that the ANC is running out of ideas to destabilise the opposition. Because some already argue that, it was unnecessary for the Nkandla saga to be escalated to court if the ANC understood the consequences of not complying with the Public Protector’s recommendations in the first place. However, it seems that the ANC relied on their majority in Parliament to downplay it without focusing on legality of the recommendations.

The ANC’s victory in this case will definitely bring confidence in the movement before local elections. Especially against the tough competition from opposition parties.

For ANC to lay this charge may be akin to the adage that: desperate times call for desperate measures. Alternatively, is it within the ANC’s prerogative to exercise its constitutional right given the unintended consequences? Only time will tell!

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