Malema takes a swipe at Gupta family

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IOL pic oct4 julius malema mining INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS ANCYL president Julius Malema. Picture: Neil Baynes

Divisions in the ruling party over President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane’s closeness to the politically well-connected Gupta family came to the fore yesterday when ANC Youth League president Julius Malema lashed out at “families enriching themselves in the name of freedom”.

He made the comments at an otherwise low-key launch of the ANC’s local government elections manifesto at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

With Zuma sitting behind him on the stage, Malema said South Africa was “not a democracy of families; this is a democracy of the people of the country”.

“When families are exploiting the resources of this country and are enriching themselves in the name of freedom, when those in political office abuse their power to benefit friends, the youth must rise in defence of the ANC.”

His comments came in the wake of weekend reports of deep concern within the ANC and its alliance partners that the Guptas, who hail from India, enjoy inside knowledge of cabinet and executive appointments and allegedly have influence over the appointment of the heads of state-owned enterprises.

The manifesto launch followed a difficult week for the party, when it had to deal with allegations that new labour legislation would discriminate against coloured and Indian people as well as the Public Protector’s findings that national police commissioner General Bheki Cele was guilty of improper and unlawful conduct with regard to the R500 million SAPS headquarters lease.

Unlike the launch of the ANC’s 2009 election manifesto in East London, where more than 60 000 people fought for space in two stadiums, Zuma did not have to address the “overflow stadium” billed in yesterday’s programme.

Malema - who was so popular that the mostly young crowd dressed in yellow ANC T-shirts with Zuma’s face on erupted in applause and cheers, forcing Zuma to pause after introducing him - also said the country’s mines, of which many lie around Rustenburg, belonged to the people.

“These are your mines. These are our minerals and we will fight for them, and we will win because we will realise economic freedom in our lifetimes,” he said.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Zuma’s closeness to the Gupta brothers, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh, who have been involved in lucrative mining and other business deals with Zuma’s son Duduzane, has infuriated some within the party.

Youth league leaders have privately admitted that they have had enough of Zuma’s family business dealings and might not support him for re-election at the party’s elective conference next year.

However, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe denied yesterday that the party faced an internal revolt over Zuma’s family dealings with the Guptas.

“I don’t know where the revolt is, Mantashe said.

“I’m not revolting.

“I don’t know of any meeting where this discussion might have taken place,” he added.

Mantashe accused the media of deliberately and gratuitously emphasising the ANC links to businesspeople, even when there was no need for this.

The Gupta brothers and Zuma’s children were not spotted at yesterday’s launch or a gala dinner on Saturday night.

Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said the trade union federation had raised its concerns about the lack of transparency over how “these deals come through” on several occasions, including during last week’s alliance summit.

“We are saying if we don’t start to address the perception that it is those connected or with a certain surname who get these deals, then we risk the erosion of confidence in the system.”

Zuma did not address these concerns yesterday, focusing instead on local government, where he acknowledged there were problems.

People’s daily experience with municipalities, unhelpful clerks and hotlines that didn’t work lay behind their negative attitude towards local government, Zuma said, adding that councillors should be more accountable.

Without mentioning the city by name, Zuma also acknowledged the billing chaos affecting Johannesburg, which mayor Amos Masondo has refused to acknowledge as a crisis.

The president stressed the need for building non-racial communities, adding that South Africa should be a “home for all”, including people from Tembisa, Mitchells Plain and Ventersdorp. - Cape Times


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mpho kgabo, wrote

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07:58am on 4 March 2011
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in this zuma anc goverment once u spoke of corruption you are dividing the Anc,thnx julius again

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Marius, wrote

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03:21pm on 1 March 2011
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okay we get it, if we want to shut you up we must cut you in on the deal?

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sebenzile mahote, wrote

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08:24pm on 28 February 2011
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comrades we need transparance

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Anonymous, wrote

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07:40pm on 28 February 2011
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Cape Separatist Movement We the Cape Separatist Movement fight the tyranny and oppression of the racist ANC led government for our people the Kaapies with full plans to bring about a secession of the Cape Republic from South Africa - That we become the first country in the world to have the mostly ethnically diverse population of our majority - the Cape Coloureds and become a world place where diversity is celebrated instead of degraded. Where for the first time the rights of people of mixed heritage gets highlighted as something to celebrate instead of being seen as half of a person, religion or ethnicity. - That we become the true face of the Rainbow Nation where no matter what the colour of your skin you are loved, supported and cherished by our wider society to become a fully contributing citizen to our Cape Republic - That we do not follow in the path of our brethren in the rest of Africa and live off foreign aid as our National Income but that we fend for ourselves. That we do not keep using blame to get what we want but that we use our own strength. - That we become a beacon of light to the world that diversity is the place to be and revel in. - That no more does one's skin colour of not being dark or light skinned enough ensure discrimination. - That our Nation becomes the leader in the world on dealing with race relations, instead of what's gone on, our Coloureds now having the HIGHEST unemployment rates EVER as people non locals get favoured for jobs and housing. - That Nationalism is finally and firmly placed into the ground where it belongs, no more White nor Black Nationalism. We beg God almighty for our freedom and know it's only a matter of time before we have this dream fulfilled. It's been going on for too long in this country. We put an end to ANC tyranny of oppression. Amen. Freedom for the People of the Cape

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Kenny Tokwana, wrote

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07:18pm on 28 February 2011
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I am a former Umkhonto we Sizwe member with five children,unemployed and only surviving on a R1000.00 per month from special pension,so is the case with most former MK members who so afraid to voice their frustrations. But today, the country we fought for so dearly has turned its back agaist us in favour of the Guptas and other billionaires.What a freedom.

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Kenny Tokwana, wrote

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07:12pm on 28 February 2011
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I am a former Umkhonto we Sizwe member with five children,unemployed and only surviving on a R1000.00 per month from special pension,so is the case with most former MK members who so afraid to voice their frustrations. But today, the country we fought for so dearly has turned its back agaist us in favour of the Guptas and other billionaires.What a freedom.

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Anonymous, wrote

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06:51pm on 28 February 2011
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Indians and corruption,I could write a book and sequels,make a deal bru.............!!

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ANONYMOUS, wrote

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06:12pm on 28 February 2011
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One can compare likes of MalemaJacob Zuma to that of "king" Dingaan. "only thinks of himself, Shrewd & not trustworthy"

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:55pm on 28 February 2011
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This fat cat is only mouthing off cos he isn't on Gupta's payroll. And his cash cow (nationalisation) will be shot to hell if the Gupta's get a sniff at it! Got that boy julius figured!

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Just Sayin', wrote

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03:48pm on 28 February 2011
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Malema the Illuminati

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:35pm on 28 February 2011
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When will the ANCYL followers wake up and realise all Malema is doing is dividing their precious party....But hey, go for it, corruption feeds from within, not long and the ANC and ANCYL will be political enemies, as Ceasar said:'divide and conquer' lol, Go Malema, go Malema, dish some more dirt on your own party

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MaxC, wrote

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02:27pm on 28 February 2011
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When i write woodwork,i want to pass. So i support Malema all the way.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:20pm on 28 February 2011
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When will the ANCYL followers wake up and realise all Malema is doing is dividing their precious party....But hey, go for it, corruption feeds from within, not long and the ANC and ANCYL will be political enemies, as Ceasar said:'divide and conquer' lol, Go Malema, go Malema, dish some more dirt on your own party

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Shiri, wrote

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01:54pm on 28 February 2011
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@ Sakhile...not as cheap as you for believing in Juju and Zuma! How low can you go?

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01:07pm on 28 February 2011
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Malema is correct. Just because you accuse him of benefitting from the same dispensation does not mean Zuma is right with what he is doing. We cannot elect a leader and have another leader from India leading this country through the backdoor, that is nonsense. I hope the leadership of ANC could do away with this BEE deals, they are immoral and they kill our beloved party because they always leave a cloud of controvesy. Guys wakeup, corruption will kill the ANC in the long run. Stop bringing ANC into disrepute through your greed! You could argue that people deserve to be rich, but certainly not at the expense of the reputation of the party that our forefarthers have built, that would be too high a price to pay.

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kenny, wrote

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12:16pm on 28 February 2011
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This speech is just an act.They are all in cahoots and stealing left , right, and centre and fooling everyone. They are in power so they can do what they like. there is nothing anyone can do about it.How can Malema become a muti millionare in just over 2 years,without working.Has SARS ever audited him,like I have been,and I'm nowhere near being a millionare, just a stupid taxpayer.

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Mal Malema, wrote

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12:10pm on 28 February 2011
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So Malema says people should not enrich themselves in the name of freedom....Funny cause Malema seems to be swelling his bank account quite nicely. What does Malema know about freedom anyway? The only freedom that exists in Malema's eyes is where he is free to do and say as he pleases while the rest of his numbskull cohorts just fall in behind him.

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SQUIRT, wrote

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11:59am on 28 February 2011
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JULIUS NEEDS A MUZZLE !!!!! SERIOSLY JULIUS WHEN DO YOU EVER SHUT UP?

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Denis Esau from Boksburg, wrote

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11:54am on 28 February 2011
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We hear you Malema, and how hypocritical of you. We agree that Zuma must stop squandering the opportunties like these, opportunites which would otherwise have been afforded to the more deserving citizens of this country. But Malema you are a hypocrite because you won tenders as a result of this very same ANC Policy of Each Comrade Each Tender. What was the result? Wasn't it collapsing bridges by your company? What qualified you to be awarded such contracts? How experienced and knowledgable were you? Just leave Khulubuse and Duduzane alone, let them feed, this is Africa anyway. It's a way of doing things.

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Dana, wrote

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11:52am on 28 February 2011
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Wrong, Mantashe. You ARE revolting :P

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