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Julius Malema swept into the University of Cape Town with his extensive entourage yesterday and promised students free education up to tertiary level.

The ANCYL president was obviously tired from spending months stumping for his party, and his bombast and bluster were more muted than normal. But he was still good for firing up enthusiastic supporters and taking rhetorical pot shots at sceptics in the crowd of students.

He pleaded with supporters to return the ANC to power with "a three-thirds majority" and told them the party would introduce free education - up to the first degree.

The firebrand called UCT a reactionary bastion and said "African" students would be given scholarships and bursaries so that they could take over the institution.

"Forces opposed to you having access are still here," he said to cheers from many black students who he said were thwarted from achieving their dreams by high fees.

Revelling in breaching what he clearly considered enemy territory, Malema regaled the crowd with tales of the youth league's new-found power as Jacob Zuma's loyal troops who had restored him to power.

"We are the militant and radical voice of the ANC.

"As long as you are young, like it or not you are under the control of the ANC Youth League. We are the youth league of the ruling party, like it or not."

But he also asked for understanding when young radicals went astray.

"Never blame us when we make mistakes, because we are young and experimenting."

He said the youth league would escort Zuma back to Pretoria from where he had been dismissed.

"On May 9 Jacob Zuma will be marching down Church Street accompanied by a police brass band.

"Jacob Zuma is unstoppable. Zuma is a biological tsunami."

He accused students who booed him of having been sent by DA leader Helen Zille.

"This is a meeting of the ANC. You are provoking the wrong people because we can stop Helen Zille from addressing meetings anywhere in this country," he warned.

The meeting was moved from a small lecture hall to the university's main Jameson Hall to accommodate the crowd after hundreds of students were turned away from the first venue.


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