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Julius Malema’s latest tirade against Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Saturday is expected to be a prime topic when the ANC’s national working committee meets on Monday.
This follows earlier steps taken by the ANC leadership to ban public spats between Tripartite Alliance members.
In Stellenbosch at the weekend, speaking at a rally to mark the 66th anniversary of the ANC Youth League, Malema hinted at possibly being disciplined “in two weeks time”.
He was referring to the next meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee on November 8 which may consider whether to pursue disciplinary charges against him and other ANCYL members.
The move follows the “storming of the podium” by a group led by Malema at September’s meeting of the national general council in Durban.
On Saturday Malema held no punches when he attacked Vavi and Helen Zille and likened the Western Cape premier to a “cockroach”.
Addressing a crowd of fewer than 1 000 at the Cloetesville Stadium, Malema said: “You have put the cockroach in cabinet. People of the Western Cape, we are asking you to bring Doom to remove this cockroach… And Doom means voting for the ANC.”
Malema also accused Cosatu under Vavi’s leadership of doing the DA’s work.
But Vavi said he was “neither surprised nor disappointed” at the attack which claimed among others that:
* Vavi was corrupt owing to his wife’s business interests.
* He was running “amok”.
* Vavi was against successful black business people but said nothing of white business people and their excesses.
* He was planning to launch his own political party.
Vavi said on Sunday he would continue speaking out against corruption in public.
“These are the things they talk about when they’re in these rooms with scantily clad women,” said Vavi.
He was referring to the recent party hosted in Johannesburg by businessman and ex-convict Kenny Kunene, reportedly at a cost of R700 000 at which sushi was served on the bodies of scantily clad women.
Cosatu’s second deputy president Zungisa Losi also condemned Kunene’s party for reinforcing sexist attitudes to women.
“These half-naked women are being treated as sex objects – little more than party accessories, to decorate the room and provide some lewd enjoyment to the invited men, as they enjoyed their sushi, champagne and whisky,” said Losi.
Vavi said his was not the only voice against corruption by powerful individuals connected to the ANC. Ordinary card-carrying members had also expressed their anger.
“(Ordinary) members of the ANC are gatvol at corruption. When we speak (against corruption), we speak in support of ANC resolutions,” said Vavi about his outspokenness on the issue.
Zille on sunday repeated an earlier statement that she would not get into the “gutter” with Malema.
“Political debate should not be about hurling insults at one’s opponents. Political debate should be about how we can tackle poverty, create jobs and improve skills in SA.”
Zille said Zuma had to decide whether Julius Malema’s brand of political interaction was acceptable to the ANC.
Asked whether Zuma had expressed unhappiness at Malema’s attacks on both Zille and Vavi, his spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the ANC did not go to rallies to analyse speeches.
“Julius speaks on behalf of the youth league and I’m not aware of any concerns raised by the president, and even if he had any, he would not address them in public.”
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EMBRYO , wrote
Hmmmmmm Juju is worried about the whites having excesses, and what about him living large whilst his very own is living in abject poverty. I have never heard him being an activist for the poor of this country. Does he think before making comments; quote "we are asking you to bring Doom to remove this cockroach… And Doom means voting for the ANC.” unquote, hmmmmmm he contradicted himself in this statement.
EMBRYO @Fredman, wrote
ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was funny dude
The Realist, wrote
politics ain't woodwork you know...
@Phuti, who's shane? lol!!!
Don't care much for this menacing mad man, never have. All he wants is revenge, shame, and maybe to pass standard 4!
I think calling names is politics because I remember Helen Zille and her frivolous DA said some bad stuff about our President.What Mr Malema said was his opinion.where is your,I mean it shows the man is not afraid and thts what south africa needs cos we r still sufering cos of apartheis why vote for DA as a black person,what a shane
Malema is a sad, bored and unashamedly stupid individual. His inability to argue with any degree of intelligence is unparalleled. He has yet to produce any good. What has he done for the poor? what has he done for the hungry? What has he done for the youth except attempt to persuade them that the "revolution" is still on-going, that violence and racism is the answer and that being unaccountable is the new political agenda. I wonder if his mother is proud of her son.
Well he said it...To all the ANC supporters, voting for the ANC means doom. You have been warned by juju himself. It just goes to show that the ANC will take him on for making comments about ANC "comrades" , but totally insulting someone else for no reason is completely acceptable. Just goes to show that they agree with him 100% and is having him do all their dirty work.
@Terry Roe, please address yourself to the few questions that I have asked. I make sooooo many positive comments about many people, are you ignorant or what? All of the things I raised about Zille & Malema are very true and a good window for all to see who or rather what the real Zille is. Zille is as noisy as Malema, some DA members posting comments on this site had to remind her of her responsibilty of governing, they were really getting sick and tired of her "Zuma this, Zuma that" each time she openned her yapper. Instead of defending her all male cabinet with reasons, she insulted Zuma, something that had nothing to her cabinet or his work. Terry, you are a perfect example of an idiotic DA supporter, too much soft skin andf just like your leader, you hate criticism. You fellows think you are angels but you are just human, Zille too makes mistakes but would rather blame the ANC for her weaknesses. Terry, as of today, you have joined a long list of my prayer items, I will include you in my evening prayers. For incase you are worried of what I will say to God about you, I will only talk positively about your potential to become a good human being who accepts criticism. Amen.
insulting and swearing wont alleviate poverty among the poor masses.The ANC must start realising that they are in power because of the peoples vote.if they dont deliver they could be voted out.julius malema time is running out you should start creating jobs for the people otherwise in future there would be no more garantee of election victory,you will be surprise
That Malema issued that statement in the presence of the State President make impossible for the man in the street to exornarate President form such silly statement. ZIzi Kodwa statement that ANC does not go to rallies to analyse statememt is silly and irresposible if your child steal sweets in the shop in your presence and got caught you can not claim innocent. what is becoming apparent is that Malema is used by people within ANC to including Zuma to settle score with with other people they do not agree with outside and within ANC itself and that is dangerious it was not long when he was saying something about people with more than one partners, only fools bought the story that he was not referring to the President but here is our President seen again together with Malema while insulting other people,how then are expected to respect the President of the Republic
C'mon - give JuJu a break. He's busy with his 'learn three new words a year' programme. He's up to C already after 'Agent' and 'B**tard'!
Turning the boy's words around gives them proper meaning: "Voting for the ANC means Doom".
The insulting words used by Malema infront of a country high ranking office State President is a proof behond all shadows of doubt that we are in a cangaroo state, where one ones dignity mean nothing only the dignity of Mr Zuma is and his family is important. Mr Zuma as a head of the state have a duty infested to him by the constitution of the country to protect any one irespect of your polical believes. Mr Zuma must protect us even on those who call for our bloed ( Malemas of this world)
He's a boy alright, don't care how you interpret it, a long in the tooth youth!!
Terry Roe, wrote
@Papa. Sorry to pose this question Papa, but, when last did you make a really positive comment about anyone; and when last did you take a good look at yourself in the mirror to see what size of stake you have in you own eye: may even both of them???
PAPA .........referring to De Lille as a 'tea girl' makes you more moronic then I thought. Rather shut your gobhole about electioneering jibes,that is called politics. Your reference od De Lille and Zille shows what a confused, bigotted racist you and the fat boy really are. Luckilly for us logical thinking black and whites, YOU are the minority. Now crawl back in your hole the ANC gave you.
Last night a cockroach was lining on its back trying to get back on its feet. I immediately took some toilet paper and plucked it up and thought of Malema and Zille - crushed it in that toilet paper and dumped it in the bin. Now that is where Malema's comments belong and Zille's open toilets.
Chest Rockwell, wrote
@ Anonymous regarding Julius being referred to as a boy, not a man: If Julius wants to behave like a boy, he will be regarded and referred to as a boy. He will not be shown respect because he has not earned it - and he certainly doesn't show other people he refers to. In African culture, a man is judged by his actions - "indoda izibonakalisa nge zenzo" - Julius' actions are certainly not those of a man.