Poking fun at Juju is wrong

EVER since ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was advised to lose weight by e.tv's Debora Patta, I have sensed a shift in reporting from attacking Malema's comments to insulting his appearance.

EVER since ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was advised to lose weight by e.tv's Debora Patta, I have sensed a shift in reporting from attacking Malema's comments to insulting his appearance.

Indeed, I would be naïve not to grasp the intention of calling him "chubby", because it seems to attempt to demonstrate how fabulous his lifestyle is while the majority are suffering.

But, we cannot hide away from the fact that there are other prejudices that are being inculcated within our paradigms.

Firstly, we are all aware that being slender has always been a Western philosophy of beauty and there is no chance in Mars that a full-figured woman will stand a chance of being Miss World. And Africans never said that this philosophy was wrong. We accept this view but we have our own view that being full-figured or big is also attractive.

Secondly, are we saying that black people must not eat? Or are we saying that Africans must watch their diet and feel guilty if they add on a few pounds? If this is the case then we are saying that black people must starve. This is totally unacceptable.

Malema was raised in harsh poverty . Though living under these difficult circumstances, this young man was able to succeed as a politician . I challenge those who perpetually make fun of Juju to put themselves in his shoes and try to make it half as far as he has . Not a pretty sight? My point exactly.

Tebogo Moatshe Ditshego,Kagiso

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