I HAVE been watching and listening with glee to the media euphoria and to Julius Malema's pompous statements.
It is amazing how the media creates hype and paints an individual who is devoid of respect and early parental education as a brave and forward thinking young leader when in fact he is nothing but a shallow political moron of the worst kind.
Malema behaves like an empty-headed schoolboy who is drugged by a fat wallet he receives from the ANC to create political hype and threaten the opposition with brimstone.
When I listen to most of his public statements, I deduce only hollowness from one deeply affected by political adultery and undeserved opulence. One hears only racial hatred, bad manners and glory-seeking from a young man who lacks direction from his political masters. Obviously his lack of early parental attention is taking its toll, but the ANC seems to be contributing to this as well.
It is important for the youth to analyse Malema's inflammatory statements and separate fact from fiction before following him.
He claims to be championing the aspirations and interests of poor black people, particularly the youth, but is not. Since becoming ANCYL leader, he has ignored youth issues and spent a lot of time hurling racial insults, threatening opposition parties and the tripartite alliance, wallowing in suburban parties and seeking publicity. All this while many young people are ravaged by poverty, HIV-Aids, unemployment, and other social ills.
He accused former president Thabo Mbeki of deserting the masses and wanted Mbeki removed and his paymaster Jacob Zuma made president. What does his opulent and lavish lifestyle in Sandton, visit to Zimbabwe and distributing state-funded food parcels mean to the youth?
Mambush Mokgotho, Secunda