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It is nobody’s business where he gets his money from – and his supporters do not mind his lavish lifestyle, says ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.
“One of the things I’ve learnt in my short life in politics is the ability to live in the conditions of capitalism while fighting it and defeating it,” he said in Joburg yesterday.
Malema had called the media briefing to respond to a Sunday Independent report that said he had demolished his R3.6 million home in Sandown, in Sandton, and was building a R16 million mansion in its place.
He said the news report existed only in “the imaginations of right-wing, narrow-minded and obsessed white people”.
Then he told a journalist who asked where he got his money from: “It’s none of your business… you must mind your own business.”
He was a private citizen and not accountable to the media, Malema said.
If the SA Revenue Service were to investigate him about the Sandown house, as the DA had asked it to, he would co-operate fully. He was confident his taxes were in order, he said before launching into an attack on “ruthless capitalism”.
“If you are a capitalist, you are an exploiter.”
Asked how he justified his expensive lifestyle – living in Sandton and driving a Mercedes-Benz – Malema said poor people did not mind if their leaders were rich.
He boasted that he was “the only remaining leading political figure in the country who gets welcomed in the squatter camps”.
“In this country, there are some among the poor who are saying Cyril Ramaphosa must be the president. He’s a multimillionaire.
“Some among the masses are saying Tokyo Sexwale must be president. He’s rich.
“They don’t care about his money, our people don’t care about our money. What they care about is political consciousness, the will to liberate them.
“It’s not about where we stay. Our people know that very well. It’s not about the type of shoes we wear. That is petty. Our people want the political will and the ability to act, and that is what we are doing.”
Malema said he considered himself to be poor, because his house in Sandton and his car were owned by the bank.
“My definition of rich is those who own the means of production.
“Instead of being rich, I remain poor, but I’m creditworthy…
“That house (the media) always make a noise about in Sandton – not the one you allege I’m building – it’s owned by Absa.
“And if I fail to pay it, for sure, Maria Ramos (Absa group chief executive) would be very happy she’s taking a house from a man who’s leading a nationalisation campaign because she does not want nationalisation.”
Negative media coverage was all part of a drive to undermine the agenda he represented, Malema said.
“I represent nationalisation of mines, expropriation of land, decentralisation of development, free education, the liberation of the working class.”
The youth league would agree to meet the Chamber of Mines to discuss nationalisation only if the chamber agreed to hold the meeting in a poor rural village, so that the mining bosses could “appreciate where we’re coming from”.
On land expropriation, Malema said he would support it if it took place in the public interest. He would even give up his Sandton home, or his farm, if they were expropriated in the public interest.
“I’ve got a house here in Sandton. If tomorrow they say, that house, there is a need for a street to pass there and they are expropriating it, I would not have a problem.
“I’ve got a farm with cattle… if I go home and they say they want to build a school, if it is in public interest, I would surrender it.”
But if the government wanted to give the land to “an individual”, Malema would not hand it over.
“We are talking about expropriation of land for public interest and public purpose. Not for individual benefit, not for political leadership benefits. That is anarchy. We will never allow that.” – Sapa
I dare say Malema supporters are not concerned with his wealth, their only concern seems to be to enrich themself without any effort, acquired skill, experience or aptitude and he is their guru on this subject. The likes of Ramaposa and Sexwale and Ramos who advocate, by example, that wealth is acquired through hard work, etc. will not be popular with this crowd. Let's say we all support Malema and stop criticising him, aspire to be him, who will create the wealth to share amongst the non-capitalist (sic) comerades?
Mr KFC, wrote
Ja right, “Poor people don't care about my money”, is like saying “ Chickens are now supporting KFC”dumb a** youth league leader
i have fired all my SA black staff - i do all the work alone now , with some other people .. until the ANC is out of power i will not support those who vote for their own (and mine) downfall . you cannot have it both ways - sorry for you - profits for me
ANCYL what a joke, wrote
Tokyo Sexwale actually worked for his money - if he is so sure his finances are in order why the retaliation...he surely has something to hide. Malema do your bit of 67min for Mandela day and donate 67 mil rand to the poor people....
Malema, the only thing you liberate the poor of is what little money they have. Shame on you.
Its all good to try to be fair & say we don't know if Malema has gained him wealth above or below the board - because its true, we don't know. HOWEVER to take the words of the man himself "in my short life" on this earth for me - I have learnt that where there is smoke there is fire!! The DA asked SARS to investigate Juju because they have inside info, they just can't prove it & they are looking for a higher authority to expose the corruption.
JUST ASKING, wrote
malema said and I quote "that house in Sandton is owned by ABSA. Is ABSA aware that malema has demolished tha e house and if ABSA had to reposses to day or in the next month all that they would get is a BIG hole ABSA please give me a bond for the hole in my street
This is an indication of his financial intelligence. Show me one poor person who is not interested in money and who is deliberately trying to stay poor. Do the present strikes not paint a picture in JUJU's mind? OK..Ok, don't answer that, but still, he is human after all, you saw him digging trenches the other day, assisting to build a house. The difference between other rich people and him is that others are not afraid to say how they acquired their wealth. In his case, silence is the best answer, as it is non of our business. GO figure! But it is his business to keep the poor thinking that its alright not to care about money.
Sheer arrogance. It reminds me of what Mr Smuts Ngonyama, once said that he was not in the struggle to be poor. No one in the current ANC leadership can reiterates what Tata Madiba once said: "I stand before you as a humble servant of the people. In one of his last interviews, before he was assassinated, Mr Chris Hani was asked, what he will do if the ANC was not doing what the masses want. His response was that he will mobilise the masses against the ANC.
GOOD MORNING BOLDROCK---i see you are still as stupid as you were yesterday--if zimbabwe is the great success you claim it to be WHY???? does south africa have to put up with 12 (thats half if you dont understand arithmetic) of zimbawes population and WHY?? do they always have to turn to oh oh i dare say it THE WHITE MAN i.e. UK AND USA (see i use capital letters because those are civilised countrys) get you thick useless racist loudmouth why dont you go and save a starving zimbawean or something
MEYER c, wrote
the poor people dont care about your money for they know that it wont help them and that you dont care. you say you are the leader of the poor, shame on you.
People who are as stupid as you do not care about money because like you you fat useless slug--have absolulty no idea where it comes from or where or how money works--so your followers dont care how you live and where you get your money from because they are just as stupid and thick and useless as you are malema--you are a waste of time space and airjust like your stupid flock of followers are--why dont you and your followers vis a vis the anc and its pathetic youth league start doing some work for a change start reconstructing this country back to the glory it was when we handed it over to you disgusting gangsters
We were in slow-moving traffic the other day and the car in front of us had a rear window sticker on it, which read: "Pray for Julius Malema, and Robert Mugabe Ref:- Psalm 109:8". Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. " Let us all bow our heads and pray.
@Anonymous 10:14am: directors of companies have worked hard to make thier company worth millions, they ahvent lied to people, embezzeled money or promised voters the planet then delivered nothing. Company director's main aim is to make thier business successful, thus ensuring that people keep thier jobs and possibly expand thier business and thus enable more people to get jobs. If you cant differentiate between business turning a profit to enable them to hire more people and your beloved JUJU misappropriating funds while making undeliverable promises to the poor, then poor and shackbound is where you will stay, unfortunately.... Apartheid was in existence for 40 years, it has been abolished for almost half of that time now, so, has your life improved significantly since then or has your quality of life deteriorated sicne then???
@Comrade-hahaha...love your comment. It looks like we have all made mistakes studying for useless degrees like BSc, BCom etc If only we had known
Dr Hannes Opperman, wrote
Malema is a dangerous man. If the rural poor and the shack dwellers dont mind that he has an expensive life style. These people are the massas, the time is right that Malema becomes a dictator like Hitler. Malema is not above the law. he should be investigated the same way as others are investigated.
Kyle V N, wrote
Malema speaks with a forked tongue - pretends to represent the poor with communist rhetoric while at the same time living it up as a pure capitalist. The problem with stupid people is that they don't recognise stupidity ...
Oh my Gosh!!!! I am amazed at the stupidity.... Boldrock - "Zimbabwe being the one true success story" what planet are you living on. Woman & children are being brutally raped and beaten, people do not have food, homes or jobs. My gosh you really have a recist attitude. In other words you would rather have all this happen than admit that the Malema's and Mugabe's of the world are wrong! Wake up and see that it is NOT only white people who are fed up with the corruption of these people. We do not resent anybody who has worked hard and made a good life for themselves no matter what their colour but we do resent the corruption and pue arrogance. Like a said before, Build a Bridge and GET OVER IT!!!
I wonder if he actually donates any of his money to the poor or if he really cares about poor black people and if he really pays all his taxes that are due to SARS?
Good God - he really is the most Stupid Man on Earth! hahahahahHAhahahahhahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....