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The ANC’s spokesman, Jackson Mthembu, has released a statement in which South Africa’s ruling party “strongly condemns” what it describes as an “unfortunate outburst” directed by Julius Malema at a BBC journalist in a press conference yesterday.
This is possibly the strongest pubic reprimand addressed by the party to the volatile president of its youth wing. The ANC has been notoriously reluctant to rein in Malema who has generated endless column inches for his legendary wild statements which have included demanding the elimination of the opposition DA and claiming he would kill for Jacob Zuma.
The party called Malema’s behaviour “aggressive and insulting” and said it was “not in keeping with the culture and traditions as well as conduct of a cadre and leader of the ANC”. It also admitted that Malema’s tirade “reflected negatively on the ANC YL, the entire ANC family, our Alliance partners as well as South Africa in the eyes of the international community”.
The ANC’s statement also tackles Malema’s brazen support for Zanu PF (the ANC’s partisanship is a little more veiled than the ardour apparent in its youth league’s frothy fulminations about Zanu PF). The statement says:
The ANC would also like to strongly disagree and distance itself from utterances by the ANC YL at their press conference yesterday that they will support President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF to win the forthcoming general elections in Zimbabwe. The ANC stance on the Zimbabwe issue is that we fully support the mediation process that is currently underway, which is led and facilitated by President Jacob Zuma. The ANC together with its government would like to see all political parties in Zimbabwe (the two MDC’s and Zanu PF) implementing the spirit and the letter of the Global Political Agreement. It is therefore our view that the ANC YL’s expression of support for one party in Zimbabwe goes against our country’s and President Zuma’s mediation efforts in that country.
Mthembu says an urgent meeting will be held with Malema to discuss his behaviour and his rabidly pro-Zanu PF stance.
It will be interesting to see whether the severe tone of the statement marks a shift in the way Malema is handled by the ANC. Will he be made to behave? Have the powers that be decided he is becoming too much of a liability — or threat?
And, if an attempt is made to make him behave, what will his reaction be? The footage of Malema’s outburst shows a man drunk on power — or perceived power. This, I believe, will be the cause of his eventual hubris. While his ascent within the ANC may seem unstoppable and impregnable, I believe this is far from the case. Malema’s anger yesterday marks his achilles heel. His response to the journalist’s remark shows he has a major insecurity problem and a deep yearning to be respected. What is also evident is that this insecurity is a catalyst for wild behaviour — wild behaviour that could one day cause his career implode. Hotheadedness and volatility in a politician is a major liability because they lead to actions that can alienate and cause resentment amongst competing factions and even in one’s own power base.
So whoever can successfully exploit this this weakness as well as his addiction to power, will be able to topple him. Malema’s position is far more vulnerable than we realise.
- Read the rest of the ANC’s statement on Ray Hartley’s blog.
The BBC’s Jonah Fisher was booted out of an ANC Youth League press conference by the movement’s president, Julius Malema. Reporting back from his trip to Zimbabwe, Malema criticised the Zimbabwean opposition MDC for making statements from its “air-conditioned” Sandton offices in Johannesburg.
From further back in the room, Fisher pointed out that Malema also lived in Sandton. And so, a torrent of abuse was unleashed in which Malema called security, labelled the journalist a “bastard” and “bloody agent” and accused him of displaying a “white tendency”.
Watch Malema’s mesmerising performance, filmed by the Sowetan, here.
Read Sapa’s report on the incident on Politicsweb.
The ANC Youth League’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, attacked the “vampire” media for reporting about Julius Malema’s security arrangements and the R300 000 it is costing taxpayers every month in this statement. Shivambu believes that such matters are “confidential” and “are not supposed to be discussed in public”.
He then turned on the DA, which had released a statement on the matter. Shivambu had this to say:
Majority of DA supporters witnessed with appreciation when apartheid sponsored killings of thousands of our people for many years and know of the cowardly assassination of Chris Hani.
Julius Malema believes there’s only males and females — and, contrary to science, nothing in between. He claims that gender’s shades of grey are some sort of imperialist plot.
With backward bigots like him, it’s no wonder intersex people and those of sex and sexualities that are contrary to the “norm” get such a rough time in South Africa.
Malema also said the ANCYL would make it clear to the International Association of Athletics Federations that it should not “impose” its concept of “hermaphrodite” on South Africa.
Australian newspapers have reported that IAAF gender tests on Semenya suggested that she was a hermaphrodite.
“Hermaphrodite, what is that? Somebody tell me, what is hermaphrodite in Pedi? There’s no such thing, hermaphrodite, in Pedi. So don’t impose your hermaphrodite concepts on us.
“You are either a woman or a man. When a child is born you are announcing it’s a baby girl or a baby boy. We have never heard in the village a child being projected, ‘we are given a hermaphrodite’. There’s never been such a thing in a village we come from.
“Why should we be told today our children are hermaphrodites? She’s a girl and why should we accept concepts that are imposed on us by the imperialists? We will never agree to that concept. You are either a girl or a boy and that’s it.”
Read the rest of the Politicsweb article here.
Profundities expressed by the ANC’s Youth League spokesman have become a popular hit online, with the recording of his conversation with talk show host Redi Direko having already over 12000 hits.
Watch it here.
According to a press release sent to me from the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, a Gugulethu business mogul Mzoli Ngcawuzele (of Mzoli’s Butchery fame) is waging a dirty tricks campaign to amass land and housing in the township, employing ANC paramilitary (MK) veterans and ANCYL cadres to do his dirty work which includes illegal evictions and intimidation. The release is published below:
Gugulethu – Mr. Gquma, a poor resident, gets evicted and threatened by ANCYL to make way for a local businessman’s new tourist empire.
Robin Hood is an archetypal figure in English folklore where he is known for robbing the rich to give to the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. Here in Gugulethu, there is also a Robin Hood and he even fights for a redistribution of wealth.
This man is named Mzoli Ngcawuzele and his band of thieves are the local ANCYL and former MK members. He is the owner of the (im)famous Mzoli’s Butchery – playground of tourists, MPs and the township elite. But he has not stopped there, through a local ANC councillor, he has organised the sale of 34,000 sq meters of community land for only R11.70 to Khula Business and now has a 9% share in the resulting new mall being developed. But despite the millions he is already making through his corrupt business practices, Mzoli is set on acquiring even more property in the township.
According to local residents, he is attempting to secretly and unjustly buy over 20 houses in Gugulethu, the majority of them being on NY1 (the main road which the City has now earmarked as a 2010 tourist hub). As one local resident puts its, “Mzoli is using his fortune as a platform to evict the poor from Gugulethu” – which is exactly what happened today.
Early this morning, Robert Thamie “Baba” Ntshobane, the former body guard of Tony Yengeni, arrived with various members of the local ANCYL, the sheriff and the Gugulethu SAPS to violently and illegally evict local resident Mncedi Wiseman Gquma from his home. As with other properties on NY1, Mzoli is using ANC connections such as “Baba” to strong-arm his way into ownership of the homes.
The reason this eviction was illegal is that (like most attempted evictions in Gugs) it was done without a valid court order. The court order that was used is over a year old and was done without proof that Baba even owned the house. But, it seems that even the Wynberg Magistrates and the Sheriffs of the Court doe not even know their own laws: Section 8 of the PIE Act makes evictions without a valid court order a criminal offense. Additionally, as the law states, one has to give the resident a letter stating that you want them to leave. This must happen before you go to the court to get an eviction order. You have to give at least two weeks notice before going to court, and the notice must say on what date the court hearing will take place and where it will take place. You also have to give a copy of this notice to the local authority. None of these actions took place and the court order was clearly old and invalid as it was dated February 2008.
Gquma, who bought the house for 68,000 Rand has been paying of his 20 year bond for 14 years now. When he was illegally retrenched from SAB, he began to default on payments. However, while he attempted to negotiate with FNB on the 24,000 he still owed, the bank refused. FNB, seeing it could make a substantial profit, turned around and sold the house for over 200,000 Rand. When you are poor, you have no rights and wealthy individuals, banks and Robin Hoods of the Rich can manipulate your situation at any time to make a profit.
As all of Mr Gquma’s belongings were thrown onto the street, Baba and his friends hurled insults at Gquma and other residents who were supporting him. According to Theodora Mboniswa, “Baba said that he is the ANC and he is going to call his people in the Youth League, Fikile Mbalula, and MKs and no one is going to touch the house or enter because he’s got a lot of people for backup”. Theodora is also facing illegal eviction from her house. The AEC put her back into her house on NY1 earlier last year.
Mr Gquma also claims he was threatened and said “they have got guns now. They are here to shoot to kill. He claims to be ANC top brass and he is calling youth league and MKs to guard the house.” But Gquma vows not to give up – mainly because he has no family in Gugulethu and nowhere else to go. Indeed, while he will be accommodated by a sympathetic neighbour, his furniture, clothes and everything else he owns will be left in front of his house. He’s afraid it might rain or thieves will come take everything he owns. Tomorrow, he’ll go and apply for a Spoliation Order to reverse his illegal eviction.
And so, the struggle continues. The struggle against party thugs and party politics Robin Hood of the Rich will continue to redistribute wealth upwards. But the poor people of Gugulethu, with the Anti-Eviction Campaign as their tool, will continue to confront this band of thieves head on.For more info, please call Mncedisi at 078-580-8646 For comment, call Mncedi Wiseman Gquma at 076-338-9080 For more, please visit the website of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign at: www.antieviction.org.za
== end of press release ==