Come clean now, Julius

ONCE again Julius Malema is right. Addressing a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday in his inimitable bluster, the ANC Youth League president reiterated that he had broken no law by tendering for government business.

ONCE again Julius Malema is right. Addressing a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday in his inimitable bluster, the ANC Youth League president reiterated that he had broken no law by tendering for government business.

After all, he does not hold public office and he has the right to take part in legitimate economic activity.

Once again, though, Malema misses the point. He is no ordinary citizen. He is a powerbroker who wields enormous power.

So the source of the outrage at his benefiting from government contracts has nothing to do with his contravening any law of the land.

It is not the letter of the law that people are concerned about, it is the spirit of cronyism that is embedded in the allocation of contracts that raises eyebrows.

It is Malema's double-speak that irks a whole lot of people. One moment he is a champion of the poor, the next he is a Gucci comrade who will stop at nothing to fund his extravagant lifestyle of R15000 suits, Breitling watches, luxury vehicles and ostentatious homes.

No amount of bluster, obfuscation and attempts at diversion from the real issue is going to fool the people.

The people are restless, Mr Malema. The people of Motswaledi, Diepsloot and Balfour are taking to the streets because they cannot get access to basic municipal services amid the unexplained wealth of a leadership that is taking them for granted.

That is the issue, Julius. Come clean. Exactly what do you stand for?

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