IT IS not surprising that ANCYL leader Julius Malema has been found not guilty. This young man leads a charmed life because many in the congress movement relish his boorishness, which they mistake for the truth.
They think he speaks the truth to power.
It is amusing to note that he has been cleared of the very serious charge of undermining President Jacob Zuma's peace efforts in Zimbabwe.
Malema's utterances after his visit to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe nearly caused a diplomatic incident. His one-sided preference for Zanu-PF was glaringly offensive to Morgan Tsvangirai. Yet the ANC has found him not guilty.
The one charge that remains is his unfavourable comparison of the president with his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. It is baffling why the ANC considers this an insult. Perhaps there are facts that the public is not privy to. Or does the ANC hate Mbeki so much that they want to wipe his name from the history books?
Rewriting history is a favourite pastime of the ANC. But it is not fair for them to impose their new version of Mbeki's presidency. True, the man was a fool about HIV-Aids. When the public complained that he was distant in manner, the very same ANC went to bat for him.
We will not be surprised if Malema apologises to Zuma for this insult. The verdict seems to be orchestrated so that the ANC will save face while Malema goes on his merry way. His elders fear upsetting this kingmaker.