Malema the charmer

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: ANC Youth League's Julius Malema puts up election postersin Orania. 29/03/09. © Sowetan.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: ANC Youth League's Julius Malema puts up election postersin Orania. 29/03/09. © Sowetan.

There was no "shoot out" between the ANC Youth League and the Orania Movement on Saturday during a much-anticipated visit by ANCYL president Julius Malema to the white Afrikaner enclave in the Northern Cape.

There was no "shoot out" between the ANC Youth League and the Orania Movement on Saturday during a much-anticipated visit by ANCYL president Julius Malema to the white Afrikaner enclave in the Northern Cape.

Orania Movement president Carel Boshoff Junior said in describing the mood of the talks with Malema and an ANCYL delegation there was no "shoot out" or "search for control" attitude during the discussions.

Boshoff said they did encounter differences in aspirations and vision between the two groups but it would not exclude further talks with the ANCYL.

Boshoff and Malema agreed that the discussions were successful and that further meetings would be possible.

Malema said his expectations of the visit were that they would not be allowed to enter the village.

"We thought well-armed Afrikaners would stop the blacks," he said.

He said ways must be found to reintegrate the Orania community back into South Africa.

Referring to the agricultural projects in Orania, Malema said the community did not have to do their work in isolation.

"What they do here they must do it outside."

Malema said he liked the attitude of the Orania community in that they were prepared to talk.

He said the ANC government would always be willing to help those who try to help themselves.

"They co-operate instead of working against each other," said Malema, adding it was a nice reality to be exposed to.

After the discussions Malema put up four ANC election posters, beneath Freedom Front Plus posters, alongside the main road through Orania.

"This is to show that people can campaign everywhere," Malema told a huge media contingent that had followed him to Orania. - Sapa

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