Julius Malema. If ever there was one person whose persona was crafted almost entirely on controversy, it’s this guy. This week, the EFF’s Commander-in-Chief was again at the centre of controversy after making a series of divisive statements during his parliamentary speech debut. In a week where the focal point of Parliament was meant to be the President’s State of The Nation address, Malema successfully hijacked the headlines and made sure no one gave a second thought to the President’s address. Below is a list of the most controversial comments Juju made this week:
Zuma has a tradition of empty promises
Juju kicked off his speech by declaring that Number One is like a Santa Claus minus the sleigh and Christmas presents – full of empty promises. “You are a man of tradition, Mr President. A tradition of empty promises,” Malema began. “You keep misleading this Parliament and members keep clapping for this mediocrity,” he hammered. This was to set the tone for much of speech – just wave after wave of attack on Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
Zuma is afraid of white people
Malema and the term “white monopoly capital” are inseparable. The two go hand-in-hand like Bafana Bafana and failure. One simply doesn’t exist without the other. It’s no surprise then that EFF’s parliamentary leader used the term during this week’s State of the Nation debate. Again, the gun was pointed squarely at President Jacob Zuma, whom Malema accused of colluding with “white monopoly capital” to oppress the working class. “You are extremely scared of white people, especially white monopoly capital,” Malema began. “The ANC is part of an elite pact that seeks to protect white monopoly capital, and white minority privileges and this has led to the formation of the EFF because there was a political vacuum and nature does not allow that vacuum,” he went on to say.
Government is to blame for Marikana
And now, for the headline everyone’s been going on about. After laying into everyone from Pieter Mulder, to Lindiwe Sisulu and Jacob Zuma; Malema shifted his focus to the ANC. Juju launched a scathing critique on the ANC and said they were directly responsible for the death of the 34 miners in Marikana two years back. “The ANC government massacred those people in Marikana,” Malema said on Wednesday. As you can imagine, this didn’t sit well with Parliament. Thandi Modise, the National Chair of Provinces, ordered Malema to withdraw his statement, to which Malema replied:
“Chair, when police reduce crime you come here and say that the ANC has reduced crime. When police kill people, you don’t want us to say that the ANC government has killed people. That is inconsistent,” said Malema. The results were inevitable. Juju was told in no uncertain terms to get the f*ck out of Parliament. He obliged and took his MPs with him, but not before they’d fired one last shot at Modise. “Murderers… you were the Premier when it [the Marikana Massacre] took place,” various EFF members shouted at Modise. There have since been reports that a disciplinary enquiry has been brought against Malema for bringing Parliament into disrepute. Love him or loathe him, Juju is here to stay. He was voted into government by millions of his devoted followers. He now has the responsibility of getting his sh*t together and delivering on his promise of giving “working class South Africans” a voice. Intelligent and rigorous debate will see to the implementation or, at the very least consideration, of his policies. Not cheap Parliamentary walkouts.
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