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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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He is the president of the Youth League. Youths are boys, I am very much afraid........not yet adults, so calling him a boy is correct.
ANON 10.38..........Become an accountant. Can't believe how this affects you so bad.Talk of splitting hairs........
Generation of JM, wrote
Crowd less than 1000 today, crowd of about 3000 yesterday, this media need serious regulations...
Hey!I am taking a sigh I wonder who Dared to nominate him!! He is such a disarray thanks God he is not my brother!!
Zille should not play saint now, is she not the one who built the DA campaign on insults against Zuma? Good thing President Zuma never stooped to her levels and traded insults. There is virtually no difference between Malema and Zille, even hardcore DA supporters know that. Zille is an empty vessel too, she is arrogant just like Malema, both do not believe that they too make mistakes and dispense selective justice when it suits them. Where is Lennit Max? Where is the DA leader in KZN, and why after a sex scandal is he beeing redeployed to Cape Town? Why is Zille silent on the matter of her MP facing rape charges? What happened to the new travelgate scandal involving a DA MP who abuses travel claims? De Lille made a few noises about him just before she joined Zille as a tea girl in the Madam's office. Zille has a different set of rules when it comes to ANC and DA leaders, she does the same things she accuses the ANC of doing wrongly, yet her supporters cannot see that. Zille is just as vile and vain as Malema. How many times did she insult Zuma during the election campaign? Even after she became Premier, she spent her 1st month insulting Zuma for public criticism she faced (not from Zuma) for appointing an all male and 99% white provincial cabinet, instead of honestly admitting her glaring sexist and racist mistake. DA supporters open your eyes too. You surely are not qualified to try and remove a splinter in ANC supporters' eyes whereas there is a pinewood log in yours.
I hold no brief for Julius Malema but I think it is untruthful, unethical for the article to state that Malema addressed less than a 1000 people. The truth is that the crowd was in the region of 3000. Every other journalist who was there indicated that the crowd was well over a 1000 and even over 3000. Obviously your journalist's counting and estimating skills are suspect.It seems your journalist was not there. By the way, the corwd was also addressed by President Jacob Zuma.
ANON 9.21....... But it is fine to call Mrs Zille a little racist girl and a cockroach? Where is YOUR logic or is it fine if this little boy continually hurls abuse?
Mr Malema must be carefull not to get what he wishes for, namely a fight with COSATU,NUM and many other influential people and Organisations. I am just watching very carefully at what our President is going to do about these absolute non productive tantrums that ths youngster has repeatedly. And I urge white people to resist racist comments against him; howewever racist and provocative he might be. That is exactly what he (and JZ?) WANT. The 4th last paragraph is where intelligent, logical black and whites heads must be
You gotta laugh, he is a character and a half. The way in which he uses words are colourful to say the least. It's just a pity that he is not using his charisma with the youth in a more positive way. Perhaps, the president or new Communications person to assist here. As I think he has the potential to be a great orator, all nonsense aside. And to Zizi: Ofcourse the president does not go to rallies to analyse speeches, you do it and the rest of the cronies. This is the problem: don't say half things, be complete. It can change the entire meaning of a phrase. I know I am going to get written lashings here! All my opinion!
Paseka, the reason that idiot should not be allowed to speak is because everytime he does, we go down in ratings all over the World and our investments drop- he is the laughing stock around the world because of the garbage he speaks, sorry he cannot be classed as speaking - the garbage he spews out of that vile mouth - he is an embarrassment and the sooner he is out of office the better. What a PIG!!!Doom him for sure!!!
Dear Mr Malema, I would just like to thank you for being such a role model for me. I am a teacher at a Primary school for grade 7 learners and struggeled with discipline in my class. Mr Malema , you being my role model, I started chasing the “misbehaved” out off class, calling them coccroashes. It is unbelieveable the impact the word have on them. They immidiatly listened and there behaviour changed. Thank you for setting such a great example for me. As a white South African I can learn so much from you.
i think there is no vision in the ANC led government and insulting helen zille by the ANCYL wont bring good service delivery to the people either.JULIUS MALEMA has destroyed the ANC image every body sees that,instead of challenging his opponents through dialog and communication channels he chose verbal attacks and insulting what type of person is this man? everytime when he want to speak you just expect swearing and insult from him.it shows that the guy lack manners.JULIUS MALEMA LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING NEXT TIME I WILL NOT VOTE THIS CORRUPT ANC AGAIN.I WANT DA TO WIN THE ELECTION NEXT TIME cause i m tired of empty promises
""Asked whether Zuma had expressed unhappiness at Malema’s attacks on both Zille and Vavi, his spokesmanZizi Kodwa said the ANC did not go to rallies to analyse speeches. ""Is this sarcasm,or just turning the other way...
Julius is a first class idiot. Finish & kla. Deal with it.
"And Doom means voting for the ANC" Its the only truth that has passed his lips.
Johan Burger, wrote
Pity that Julius is restricted to insulting opponents. probably does not have the intellectual capacity to do anything else. Does demean the stature of the ANC though, as he represents them, whether they think so or not!
"... and Doom means voting for the ANC!" Even Malema admits this!
The press are to blame for this knucklehead. They should have a blanket boycott instead of using him to sell the papers. He is inciting unrest and hatred. There are not words to describe this idiot.
I do not support Julius malema, however, neither do I support those people who refer to him as a boy, this displays the ultimate lack of respect and smakc of the apartheid era, he is a man albeit a rude and often ridiculous man, but he is not a boy.
Wonder what will they have for lunch.....Sushi on the ANC?