ANC’s Malema kicks out BBC journalist.

Posted: 2010/04/09 in General News, Journal Entries
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Furious ANC youth leader Julius Malema kicked out a BBC reporter from a Johannesburg press conference accusing him of “white tendency” and calling him a “bastard”, “bloody agent” and “small boy”.

Malema occupies a notably controversial position in South Africa public and political life; having risen to prominence with his vociferous support for African National Congress president, and later President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, he has been described by both Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province as a potential “future leader” of South Africa, although less favourable portraits paint him as a “reckless populist”, a “demagogue” with the potential to destabilise South Africa and a “dangerous sociopath.”

Hold on, the President of South Africa sees him as a potential future leader and recognizes the fact that it was Malema’s youth league support that got him to power.

Malema recently announced that he would heed the ANC’s call for restraint and stop singing the apartheid era song that has the words “Shoot the Boer”, an incitement seen by some people as causing the recent murder of the white supremacist Eugene Terre’Blanche.

Should South Africa be worried about Malema’s popularity and influence? Yes. Should the BBC journalist have thought of a better comeback than, “I didn’t come here to be insulted.” Yes.

“We are in a serious economic struggle that seeks to redistribute the wealth to the people. This is what we need the ANC to champion,” said Malema. “Land reform in Zimbabwe has been very successful.” I’m not sure I follow you there Mr Malema. Perhaps you meant to say, “Land reform in Zimbabwe has been very successful if you are willing to ignore the fact that the country suffered complete economic collapse and hundreds of thousands starved. It was ravaged by racial violence and murder, which in turn ruined the country’s rich agriculture and drove more than three million Zimbabweans overseas – most to seek work in South Africa.” Malema said land seizures in South Africa should be “aggressive” and “militant” but he was not calling for violence.

The ANCYL was founded in 1944 by Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu. How sad that it is now a destructive force in a country that is already dealing with major socio-economic problems and an alarming crime rate. A positive influence on the black majority is needed now more than ever. Julius Malema’s racist rhetoric is only serving to further damage international opinion and bring to the fore racial tension already simmering. Then again, perhaps this is what he wants. Out of the flames of revolution it is far easier to install autocratic rule. The warning signs are there, and Pro-Robert Mugabe talk from the mouth piece of the ANCYL is scary indeed.

Judging by Malema’s response to the BBC journalist it is also worrying that someone so prone to overreaction and aggression has carved out a very successful political career for himself. There was an alarmingly lack of intelligent response and maturity shown in the choice of words use to berrate the BBC journalist. President Zuma said recently, “People want us to shout him down. Why must we do that? … Even Madiba (former President Nelson Mandela), who is today an icon, was one of the most vocal youth league (leaders).” Mentioning Malema and Mandela in the same sentence is insulting. Fortunately, Malema has no influence on government policy, but for how long?

  1. LV Kuhn says:

    I beleive it is no news that the socio-economic situation in South Africa today is facing it’s darkest post-Apartheid time.

    But the latest and most worrying factor the Nation is currently facing is the lack of leadership and professionalism portrayed by the ruling party. It was not the first time that ANCYL leader Julius Malema has been reprimanded on his provocative actions such as singing discriminatory songs, engaging aggressively the media and giving what can clearly be seen as hate speeches. But the fact that he still carries on without sanctions is politicaly unacceptable from a internal and international point of view. I believe that the regrettable death of Mr. Terre’blanche is a proof of the effects that the messages and ideas generated by the ANC may have on a very easily-influenced population.

    But the fact that President Jacob Zuma is incapable of controlling his own party members also reflects his incompetence as a leader. Encouraging polygamy, not stopping politically incorrect actions and not being able to reduce crime (but increase it) as he promised in his election campaign should be sufficient proof to wake up the nation and realize that South Africa is completely unstable politically, economically and socially. If we know our history and follow the news, we would understand that this is the direct indication triggering an upcoming revolution which I personally encourage.

    Behind the so-called Rainbow Nation lies a racially-based tyrannic government using its corrupted power to the downfall of a blinded population.

    Maybe, Mr. Malema, our “white tendencies” could be the solution to fix the terrible black job your party have been conducting in South Africa and destroying for good the possibility of making this country a safe and agreable place to live.

    • I certainly agree with your comments about ruling party incompetency and a lack of professionalism. Yes, the challenges facing SA from a socio-economic point of view are and have always been great, even during Apartheid under racist minority rule.

      Calling Eugene Terreblanche’s death regrettable is to asign some sort of martyr status to a white supremecist neo-nazi who clearly doesn’t deserve it. Both Terreblanche and Malema made themselves famous by spreading hate speech in the public domain. The concern I was trying to point out in the article was that Malema not only has more support than Terreblanche and his AWB ever had but that there seems to be a sense of acceptance of his “agitating for revolution” by the ANC who seem to be hiding his rhetoric under the banner of free speech all the while allowing him to make use of the ANCYL as it’s leader.

      The US vs THEM mindset from both sides is not helpful and can only send SA further backwards. There has been many examples of good progress since the early nineties and let’s not forget that Mandela steered SA away from violent revolution. Let’s hope all his work is not undone.

  2. HERMAN says:

    IF you thinks that’s scary then well your in for a suprise
    This is really shocking, the last page, changed my life

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