There he was, standing in front of the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, a baret on his head, the face of Chris Hani on his t-shirt.
Poor Hani. Murdered in 1993 by a conspiracy still not unraveled, a hero kept in hostage by a guy who’s not really youth and no leader, youth leader Julius Malema.
There is evidence that not racist motives (alone) but also the Communist leaders crusade against fraud and corruption within the ranks of the ANC was the lead motive for his murder.
And that is why it is so utterly bitter that Malema poses as a radical reformer, proposing nationalization of the mines, while in fact he is the defender of rich businessmen and –women who expect to become even richer when the mine companies are nationalized, and they, the owners of those companies, are compensated.
That is why in some Board rooms the support for Malema is even bigger than amongst poor, uninformed and still disadvantaged black youth.
But there are others in business who understand that destabilization of the country is not in their interest. And there are others in the ANC who’ve had enough of a guy who not only declared war with Botswana but also vehemently attacks the fundamentals of the ANC-that-was: non-racialism and collectiveness, the dream of a better life for all.
This is what the present fight is all about. Zuma’s claim for future leadership, a leadership he once won with Malema’s support, is just a side line.
An article in the Mail & Guardian last Friday exposed the ANC Youth League’s strategy aimed at discrediting Zuma. Key are Zuma’s past mistakes, one of them being a rape claim by a woman who’s nickname was Khwezi. When Malema was still on Zuma’s side, he suggested that the woman could only blame herself. A suggestion for which the ANC Youth League’s leader was fined. According to the M&G Malema recently asked his fellow leaders: ‘What happened to this poor little thing?’
I know, but I will not inform Malema. She has suffered enough.