Juju takes a verbal jab at media

FIREBRAND ANC Youth League president Julius Malema once again took a swipe at the media, accusing it of writing false stories with the intention of destroying President Jacob Zuma.

"There's an agenda, there are people who are working day and night to make sure there's a gap between you and the youth league," Malema said at the Peter Mokaba memorial rally in the presence of President Jacob Zuma.

"We have seen the latest report. They are nothing. You are the president, you must never be demoralised by petty things," he said, referring to recent reports indicating that one of Zuma's wives, Nompumelelo, had been having extramarital affairs.

"The more they write very bad about President Zuma, the more we will remain behind him," Malema said to chants of his nickname, "Juju, Juju", and blasts from vuvuzela's

" If you want to destroy the president, write very good about him.

"Zuma is president today, tomorrow, and beyond 2012."

Before tearing into the media contingent covering the event, Malema burst into his revised lyrics of Shoot the coward amid ululations from the crowd.

Among the dignitaries were former ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete.

Malema launched a scathing attack on members of the media for "writing President Zuma's political obituary".

The man they dubbed "Vuvuzela" in political circles told the crowd the recent media reports about Zuma were "nothing to the ANC and the president".

"We know that you were behind a campaign to discredit him ahead of the Polokwane conference. When we defeated those disgruntled losers, we also defeated you. We know that you, the media, you are pro-Cope.

"Look where your friends are. They are still bitter and continue to fight among themselves," he said.

But he heaped praises on former militant youth leader Peter Mokaba.

"Comrade Peter was a dedicated cadre of the movement. He was not only militant, he was brave. Mokaba feared no one when he wanted to express his political views."

Zuma, who had just returned from a trip to India, endeared himself to the crowd with his signature song Umshini Wami.

He called on the youth to emulate the spirit of Mokaba.