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'Shilowa's son to get bursary'

By unknown | Mar 02, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

Julius Malema was at it again yesterday - pledging to help the son of Cope's Mbhazima Shilowa with a university bursary.

"Yes, the ANC will give him a bursary. We will help educate the boy. He will study at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop," he said.

The ANC Youth League president was addressing about 2000 young people at the Temba community hall in Hammanskraal during the league's Mayihlome rally yesterday.

Malema said supporting Marvin Shilowa was just part of a broader picture. "Our goal is to roll out quality, free and compulsory education up to tertiary level.

"Those who do not want to go to school should be forced to do so because we want to produce an educated society.

"We want to move away from the situation where people compete and brag about struggle credentials.

"We want a future where people compete about how many degrees one has; that is why this week we are going to give Shilowa's son the bursary."

Marvin Shilowa, 25, confirmed that he had been "approached" by student leaders.

Malema also bragged that he "had gone back" to KwaZulu-Natal to campaign in the IFP strongholds of Nongoma and Ulundi.

"Some people said I would not come out alive if I ever dared set foot in those areas.

" I went there this weekend and shared the stage with their children," Malema said.

He was obviously referring to the IFP's Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Malema also took another swipe at DA leader Hellen Zille. He added that those who want to silence him by accusing him of disrespect were "dreaming".

"They want us to fear them and we won't because silencing the youth league is like attempting to silence the youth of this country."


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