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Malema's uphill battle to save his career

By Ido Lekota | Feb 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 159 ]

Tables have turned after sweet relationship

SUSPENDED ANC Youth League President Julius Malema is in the dogbox.

One can deduce this from utterances by President Jacob Zuma published in the media this week.

Zuma was quoted describing Malema as immature and having misread the character of the ANC by thinking the ruling party was a weak organisation in which individuals can do whatever they wanted to.

"I think that's why the ANC can no longer do what it did at the beginning because it needs to act, and act resolutely," Zuma is quoted as having said, referring to the party's failure to enforce the sanctions imposed on Malema in 2010 when he was found guilty of bringing the party into disrepute.

Part of the sanction was that Malema should attend anger management sessions - but this never happened.

Malema is currently pleading for mercy before the ANC national disciplinary committee.

He is trying to get the five-year suspended sentence imposed on him for sowing divisions in the party reviewed or reduced.

The ANC's national appeals committee last Saturday confirmed his guilt but sent Malema back to the NDC to plead in mitigation of his sentence.

In the same breath the committee is expected to receive arguments for aggravating circumstances against Malema from the ANC.

Given Zuma's utterances, Malema is facing an uphill battle to save his political career.

Since the action against Malema - even in the wake of taunting and acerbic public statements against him - Zuma has always refrained from any public statements directly rebuking the rebellious youth leader.

Malema has been a beneficiary of Zuma's public image, described by a colleague as "a genial polygamist uncle who loves his machinegun and has no beef with anyone."

In 2010 Malema bore testimony to this when during a radio interview he explained why he eventually apologised to the then minister of higher education Naledi Pandor.

Malema had publicly rebuked Pandor, calling on her "to stop using her fake American accent and deal with the crisis at Tshwane University".

During the interview Malema explained that Zuma had impressed it on him to apologise to Pandor. He wenton to say that his grandmother had told him if it was Zuma who was asking him to apologise he should do so.

According to Malema, his grandmother impressed it on him that he could not afford to be disrespectful to Zuma because he was "a good man who had no beef with anyone".

The tables have obviously turned. This week Zuma bared his political teeth and he is warning anyone in his path - including Malema and his supporters in the ANC leadership - that he is prepared to bite.

The Zuma we are seeing now is different from the one who in 2009 endorsed Malema as a future leader of the ANC.

Speaking at the handing over of a church that Malema had built in Seshego, Zuma described the youth leader as "a leader in the making and someone who would be worthy of inheriting the ANC".

At the height of their cozy relationship Malema went as far as saying that the youth would spill blood for the man. Now - at Malema's instigation - they call Zuma the "irritating shower man".

The battle lines are now drawn between the two former allies.

Last weekend Malema referred to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - the man the ANCYL want to replace Zuma - as the "future of South Africa".

What Zuma has done this week is to warn those in the ANC leadership who have shown support for Malema that "you are either with us or against us".

The question remains whether those the warning is aimed at will take heed and succumb - or whether they will bite the bullet and continue to throws their lot with Malema.

Their decision will impact directly on what the ANC national executive committee will do if Malema eventually takes his case to the party's highest decision-making body.

Discussions with several senior leaders have also revealed that there is a growing feeling that Malema has actually pushed the party to the limit with his "political theatrics" and it is about time he has his wings clipped.

Malema, on the other hand, continues to poke the ANC in the eye.

Speaking at the ANCYL lekgotla last weekend Malema insisted that he and his comrades in the ANCYL - who have been sanctioned by the ANC - have not done anything wrong but told the truth about what the people want.

Zuma's latest comments about Malema and the youth leader's continued public defiance are clear signs that there will be a lot of blood on the floor at the end of this political scuffle.

Reading from Zuma's statements, it looksas if most of the blood on the floor will be from Malema's political jugular vein.

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@somaartakeit
I want you to understand that by you and others like you justifying theft of our national resources you are sinking the poor further into poverty, the money which is being looted could be used to build university so that black children do nto have to die in the stampede trying to access institutions of education, you should be outraged by looting of states resources instead of trying to justify it.
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That is rich coming from you. You and your ilk clocked more than 400 comments vigorously justifying and defending financial irregularities, corruption, tender fraud etc at Midvaal by the DA which was uncovered by the Public Protector. So Madam you are in no position to lecture us about justifying theft.

Feb 16, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

T.C.T - "dont judge them on there morality but on ther performance."


LOL

Feb 16, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

@T.C.T
somaartakeit

for the sake of accuracy DO NOT ASSUME SOMETHING YOU HAVE NO knowleadge of,however you can raise your opinion but dont just conclude things without having facts or evidency to cover your story.

[[[these politicians especially the anc lot are a law unto themselves they regard themselves as ubermenschen of SA]]]]
--------------------------------------------------------------the issue of armsdeals saga does it not prove that anc officials are law unto themselves? does the travelgate count as a fact that anc are the untouchables who given carteblanche to loot SAn tax payers money? I could count so many but in the interest of not causing myself migraine I shall leave you ponder examples given as FACTS to substantiate my position.

Feb 16, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

Sinudeity
T.C.T - "dont judge them on there morality but on ther performance."
LOL
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heheheh i know but just dismissing this sister called somaar!!!!!
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somaartakeit

armsdeal was droped bcos of evidence that was found in a wrong way and proved that the was a plot or conspiracy towards ada cadres however correct and necessary channels wer followed to dismiss that case.i dont want to give attention to rumours that are not yet been investigated.

Feb 16, 2012 11:4 | 0 replies

LijahaSisu - Yeah, thats about right.

Thanks.

Feb 16, 2012 11:4 | 0 replies

LijahaSisu - With regards to Midvaal...

Do you have any comments on the Premier of Limpopo?

Feb 16, 2012 11:4 | 0 replies

T.C.T - "armsdeal was droped bcos of evidence that was found in a wrong way and proved that the was a plot or conspiracy towards ada cadres however correct and necessary channels wer followed to dismiss that case.i dont want to give attention to rumours that are not yet been investigated."


Not true.

Teh armsdeal investigation was dropped because the government said there was nothing to investigate. Jacob was heading the 'government task team' at the time.

The armsdeal investigation has been reopened.

Feb 16, 2012 11:6 | 0 replies

RobinH
Bye Bye Blackbird.
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Why not bye bye bird, why does the bird have to be specific in colour?

Feb 16, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

Mtho'eng'nanqondo - Its the name of the song.

Feb 16, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

@TCT wrt armsdeal saga lol how things have changed since said decision to quash the case was made LOL

Feb 16, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

zuma should understant that if Discipline within the ANC is what is causing Juju his future, then he himself doens't belong to the organisation, he has caused not only the ANC but the whole country a lot, to mention how many times his name has apperead on national and international media for all wrong reasons will take 4ever. He should have been dismised a long time ago, but the same ANC was very patient with him.

Feb 16, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies