Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Malema Dilemma

I watched Thabo Mbeki’s resignation speech leaning against a Steers counter at a BP petrol station almost a year ago. The sorry sight is still being referred back to today. SAPA recently described Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League, as “disrespectful,” “an embarrassment to the party,” and someone whose behaviour towards Mbeki was “un-African,” and “unacceptable.” (http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/Politics/1057/02402e8bfb3c401ab9d2a7eb61ac6b6e/28-09-2008-09-18/Disrespectful_Malema_blasted_)
Malema’s controversial statements with more recent examples such as his recent ploy to mobilise society against Nedbank after its withdrawal of sponsorship from Athletics SA need some consequences. Another example is his attack on Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Bheki Mbanjwa reported that, ““In his latest attack, Malema referred to Buthelezi as a "factory fault", while calling the IFP a "terrorist organisation"!” (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20091013103256163C575964 ) We cannot have someone in such a powerful position, who we democratically voted for, threaten the integrity and freedom of NGOs and individuals. He does not seem phased by the ANC’s reprimands and I agree with the Mail and Guardian when they say that he has become a “dilemma which can no longer be ignored”. Their article showcases Malema as arrogant and unaware of the regional and international consequences of the seemingly narrow-minded things he says. (http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-10-02-ff-plus-calls-on-anc-to-clamp-down-malema ) We cannot continue to let him continue on his rampage, and by ‘we’ I mean the ANC. As the leaders of our country they need to take action and make Malema aware that there are negative repercussions from the careless things he says. Perhaps we can oust Malema just like Mbeki was removed from the presidency.

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