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Julius Malema - The Rookie in South Africa's Parliament

Updated on May 16, 2014
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The New Party in South Africa's Parliament

In July 2013 Julius Sello Malema, born 3 March 1981, founded a new political movement in South Africa – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). During the national election on 7 May 2014 the EFF received 1 169 259 of the 18 654 771 votes (6.35%), which gives them 25 seats in parliament.

Mentioning only the first three parties, the 400 seats in South Africa’s parliament will be controlled as follows -

Percentage of total votes
Seats in Parliament
African National Congress (ANC)
Democratic Alliance (DA)
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
Ten more parties
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Party’s policies regarding land reform and nationalization -

Nationalization (or not) and land reform is but only two of the most relevant issues on South Africa's political agenda. Considering the policies of the EFF, we have to compare them to the policies of the ANC and also of the DA -

Land Reform

On June 30, 2012 the ANC introduced a new policy on land reform, based directly on section 25 of the Constitution which states that expropriation of land must be accompanied by compensation that is "just and equitable". Expropriation is also only allowed by the Constitution if it is in "the public interest" or for a "public purpose".
“Remain committed to the principle of willing buyer-willing seller.”
"Why should we pay for our land? Our land should be returned to us (black South Africans) without compensation. The "willing buyer, willing seller" principle should be scrapped.”

Nationalization of Mines

President Jacob Zuma has stressed this on numerous occasions: "We're very clear. It (nationalization) is not our policy. We've been saying this inside the country, outside the country. It cannot be."
“Nationalization will not eradicate poverty."
Being a vocal advocate of nationalising South African mines and land, Julius Malema is determined to submit a nationalization programme based on the programme used by Venezuela.
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Julius Malema’s Political Aspirations

Before the election Julius Malema threatened to mobilize a civil war, but after the election, with 6.35% of the national vote in his favour, he assured the country that they, the EFF, don’t want a civil war. . “We don’t want civil war, we don’t want this country in ashes. We love this country of Nelson Mandela,” were his words.

He surprised the entire country when he addressed the violent protesters in Alexandra – (the followers of different parties who were attacking each other before and on election day while setting buildings alight). “People of Alexandra, protest in a dignified manner! Don’t put South Africa in ashes because of your anger. This is not the beginning, it is the end. We are all winners, everyone has won here. Let us not be bad losers … and allow the ANC to rule for the next five years.”

He emphasized the EFF’s mission to uplift the poor and the working class. “The EFF is the “party of the people”,” he said. "We want ordinary people who come from the poorest of the poor to be leaders in this organization. We are sending ordinary people to Parliament, and we will not adhere to the formal attire. We will wear our trademark red overalls.” He committed his party members who would go to Parliament to uphold their working class roots.

On the EFF’s Parliamentary plan, Mr Malema said it may support the ANC if they wanted a two-thirds majority to change the constitution for land expropriation without compensation and they may support the DA if it wants to continue with its motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Julius Malema’s Qualifications:

Julius Malema, a member of the Pedi People in South Africa, became the president of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League in April 2008.

Son of a single mother who earned a meagre salary as a domestic worker, Julius distinguished himself as a leader in 1995 at the age of 14 when he was elected as chairman of the ANC Youth League branch in his hometown, Seshego, and two years later chairman of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) for the Limpopo province. In 2001, at the age of 20, he was elected national president of this organization.

Until his expulsion from the ANC in 2012, he was a devoted supporter of South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma.

Some people see Malema as South Africa’s future president, while others see him as a sparker of racial conflict, reckless and powerful enough to destabilize the country.

With a two-year diploma in Youth Development, earned in 2010 through the University of South Africa, he is determined to change South Africa capitalist economy into a socialist economy.


"I only debate with serious political youth formations, not a group of the racist Helen Zille's garden boys." (On opposition Democratic Alliance's youth wing)

"Let the minister (of Education, Naledi Pandor) use that fake accent to address our problems and not behave like a spoilt minister."

"We do not need the permission of white political messiahs to think." (Referring to Jeremy Cronin, an official of the Communist Party.)

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Julius Malema’s reputation (Only some of the highlights)

Numerous accusations of intimidation and fraud became Malema’s lot even before his election as president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in April 2008.

April 2009 – Malema’s enthusiastic campaigning for the ANC in hospitals wards and at schools are being criticized by ANC authorities.

September 2009: After Nedbank withdrew its sponsorship from Athletics South Africa, Malema threatened to ‘encourage’ the withdraw of all public accounts. He suggested that the bank’s withdraw was related to the athletic Caster Semanya, also from the Pedi People, being a hermaphrodite, which gave her an unfair competitive advantage. According to him hermaphrodites is a ‘concept unknown to the Pedi people and imposed by Imperialists”. (In SA [and Zimbabwe] Imperialism is associated with the British Empire.)

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March, 2010 – Convicted of hate speech for his comments about the woman who has accused President Jacob Zuma of rape. His comment was: “When a woman didn't enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning.... Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money." He was ordered to make an unconditional apology and pay R50,000 rand ($6,700) to a centre for abused women.

September 12, 2011 - Malema was again convicted of hate speech for singing an “Apartheids-era Anthem” – Kill the Boer (farmer/white man), which has already been ruled as "unconstitutional and unlawful" by the South Gauteng High Court on March 26, 2010.

March 18, 2010 - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) supports a complaint against ANC Youth League spokesperson, who threatened to reveal journalists' private details. Sanef rejected the ANCYL brazen attacks on press freedom in the new South Africa. Malema then issued a statement that the ANCYL would continue to expose journalists. An article posted by the DailyMaverick on July 23, 2012 stressed the price of investigating Malema.

April 2010 – Malema’s visit to Zimbabwe was condemned by the president of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai. (At that time, due to political negotiations, Tsvangirai was Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, while his opposition, Robert_Mugabe, was the president.) Malema described Tsvangirai as an “ally of Imperialists".

April 8, 2010 - Malema lashed out during a news conference at Jonah Fisher, a BBC journalist, describing him as “disrespectful and coming from a country (the UK) which undermined the credibility and integrity of African leaders.” Thereafter the ANC condemned Malema's actions. He was also criticized in public by President Zuma: “".... the manner in which a BBC journalist was treated at an ANC Youth League press conference is regrettable and unacceptable, regardless of any alleged provocation on his part...”

April 18, 2010 – Being labelled by the press as “the enfant terrible of South African politics’, a "demagogue" and “fascist”, Malema faced numerous charges during disciplinary procedures of the ANC.

August 30, 2011 - Malema faced another disciplinary hearing by the ANC. The rally of his supporters in the center of Johannesburg turned into a violent confrontation. Placards held by his supporters – “South Africa for blacks only” upset the entire country, including the government.

10 November 2011 - Malema was found guilty of contravening certain rules of the ANC Constitution, which all come down to his habit of putting the ANC and South Africa’s government, including its president, in a negative light, and of sowing divisions within the ANC. He was suspended from the ANC for 5 years. After his appeal on 4 February 2012 he lost his title and party membership. A report submitted by the National Disciplinary Committee defined Malema as “.... a repeat offender who was unrepentant and did not accept the findings of the disciplinary machinery of the ANC.”

April 24, 2012 – Malema’s expulsion from the ANC was finally confirmed with immediate effect by The National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA). In spite of Malema’s expulsion, a member of the ANC Youth League (supported by the new president, Ncaba Bhanga) warned authorities that the country's youth would rebel if Malema gets arrested: “Julius has lots of support from youth who don't rely on patronage from the ANC.... The youth are angry and they will go out in numbers. Young people will lead the mass action and they have lots of energy. And young people will not be peaceful …"

April, 2012 - The City Press reported that Malema owed the South African Revenue Services (SARS) 16 million rand allegedly related to enormous deposits into his Ratanang Family Trust. SARS has filed charges of tax evasion and applied to have him sequestrated. In the meanwhile the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, is investigating a contract awarded by the Limpopo Provincial Department of Roads and Transport to a company partly-owned by Mr. Malema family trust.

September 26, 2012 - A warrant was issued for Malema’s arrest on charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption in relation to a tender awarded in 2010 to EduSolutions for the distribution of textbooks to students in the Limpopo Province. These textbooks were found dumped near a dam in Giyani.

On 26 September 2012Malema charged with-money laundering. On March 19, 2013 his farm, acquired with the proceeds from fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering, has been seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit. (Source) Four months later his homes in Sandton and Polokwane have also been seized in order to meet the R16 million claim of the South African Revenue Services.

October 16, 2012 - During another visit to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Herald Online (Blood-for-land-says-malema) reported Malema’s utterances during a meeting with the Zanu-PF Youth Wing as follows: "He (Julius Malema) said the youths in South Africa were calling for whites to surrender land and minerals resources they hold because when they came from Europe they did not carry any land into South Africa. What we are asking is for them to surrender our minerals because they did not come with any minerals..... Whites committed murder to get land.... Actually they killed people to get that land and those minerals. We are not going to give them money when we take the land back because it will be like we are thanking them with money for killing our people.... little did they know that we are not scared of blood. We are scared of defeat.” During this meeting he also gave a lecture on why it is better to have many children rather than many wives – “....We want to see many kids, why? Because we must reproduce ourselves. For our ideas to be sustainable, we have to reproduce ourselves. In the whole of Africa, we are not more than one billion and the world has seven billion people. In Africa we have not more than one billion people… facing more than six billion. We have to be half of that so that our ideas can dominate. I know that in some instances size does not matter… but when it comes to a revolution, size matters. (Source: zim-is-an-inspiration-to-Africa)

April 23, 2013 – An umpteenth charge related to the irregular awarding of tenders to the benefit of Molema’s Ratanang Family Trust are being postponed. "We want a trial date asap and we will attempt to make sure the state does not drag its feet in this regard," SAID Malema’s attorney, Tumi Mokwena.

December, 2013 - Malema was arrested for speeding 215kph in a 120 kph zone. He was released on R5,000 bail. On 28 February, 2014 Timeslive reported that he was found NOT guilty on a charge of reckless or negligent driving. (At the same time a well-known white South African singer, Steve Hoffmeyr, was caught driving 169km/h in an 80km/h zone, found guilty and fined R10 000.)

NB: Julius Malema sees all above charges as a conspiracy of the ANC.


My personal conclusion is that Julius Malema’s will continue to be a formidable political force with the ability to destabilize the country with the support of the youth and/or the ignorant and uneducated “who are not scared of blood.”

However, the ANC needs fierce opposition, as it has become a victim of the phenomenon called “power corrupts”. A rebel like Julius Malema will expose and challenge discrepancies as they emerged, not courteously and ‘civilized’ like the DA and other opposition parties, but ferocious regardless of the consequences.

The EFF’s determination to nationalize mines and to reform land by violating SA's constitution, reminds me of the determination of the Vryheids Front Plus – a political party with 0.90% of the votes (4 seats in Parliament) - to convince the government that whites should have a piece of the country all for themselves to be ruled as an independent state. All of these goals proved itself in the history of the world as disasters, and fortunately South Africa’s constitution makes no provision for it.

But who knows what the future holds? A constitution can be revised. Nevertheless, let's hope for the best.

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    • MartieCoetser profile imageAUTHOR

      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Nadine, I find a specific saying appropriate. "In a bureaucracy a man can qualify himself to the point of total incompetence." Julius Malema is a competent revolutionist, but when it comes to leading a country, a man needs vision and wisdom - qualities Mandela had even before he co-founded Umkhonto we Sizwe. Thank you so much for your continuous support and encouragement :)

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Brilliant writing about our beloved country Martie. I was not born in SA but I lived here since the seventies and I will never leave! Through all its ups and downs I trust in the inner good of people no matter what culture background they had. I strongly believe that the greatest lessons for all the people in SA is to understand where the other person is coming from. ( learning to step in others their shoes) Yes Julius Sello Malema might be someone to be scared off, but its my hope that he gains wisdom like Mandela did while he was in jail. Anything is possible.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, my dear Faith Reaper, yes, if only S.A.'s government would stabilize for the betterment of all....

      Unfortunately, checking their own remunerations seems to be their first priority....

      Hugs to you, my dear Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Martie,

      As you have stated already, it is certainly important for us to have an idea what's going on in other countries, what kind of leaders are in charge, and what kind of people are exerting influence and effect.

      South Africa is certainly a beautiful country, even though so small (which I did not realize), but with much to offer the world, if only its government would stabilize for the betterment of its people and the world.

      There is always hope.

      Hugs and love to you and yours always

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      I certainly need inspiration, thanks, shanmarie :)

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I think this comment would make an excellent poem! The imagery of the metaphor is definitely a good one.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Shanmarie, most of the time politics and politicians tend to be disgusting. It is easy to promote one's convictions and objectives, and to make promises, but in practice we find ourselves in a rigid, solid system that cannot easily be altered. Reality is like a river with many rapids - the moment we jump into it, it forces us to survive. We forget where we came from and have no idea where we will end up. Clinging to debris, created by the rapids up-stream, and even by drowning people, seems to be the lot of a politician. I think I should change this comment into a poem, because I can clearly use a river with many rapids as a metaphor for politics. Have a good day!

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I am by no means someone that follows politics even at home. I follow enough to know what I need to know, but politics in general disgust me because candidates let their own agendas usurp their integrity and voters forget that, eating up the lies and mud instead of researching facts and deciding according to a person's record and character that has been shown in the past.

      Anyway, you are someone that clearly cares about bettering society and about checking the facts.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      MsDora - I do believe he believes in himself and his burning desire to improve the lives of the less fortunate. His racism, however, blocks his vision, as it has blocked the vision of previous leaders in the Apartheid's era.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Nighthag - your comment is so very true. If Malema increases his knowledge and develops his personality, he would be able to uplift and lead a nation to great heights. So sad that a man with so much potential is lost in a labyrinth of disastrous ancient philosophies. Thanks for spending your time and thoughts on me and my country's political climate.... :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Julius Malema seems like a force to reckon with. His expressions may be displeasing sometimes, but he may also have the good of the country at heart. I conclude like you, "Let's hope for the best."

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      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      It is a scary thing indeed when a man who could be capable of greatness commits to such radical and damaging paths. Such closed views will only damage a changing country such as South Africa, like you say we can hope and pray that his small minded ways don't grow into anything worse

      Thank you for sharing, you are teaching me a lot

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      billybuc – When we take the time to investigate the wrongdoings of another, we often found ourselves to be guilty of one or the other neglect. Fortunately following you was a habit, and now officially registered :))

      99% of JM’s followers did not vote for him because they want nationalization or even land that has to be WORKED into a ‘provider of food’; all they want is a rabble rouser brave enough to manipulate the ANC back to the tracks that were established by Nelson Mandela and his peers. On those tracks unemployment and poverty will be beaten.... could have been beaten by now if the current leaders were wise, less greedy and not corrupt.

      Re rabble rousers in America.... To shake up an establishment a politician should rather come forward with ideologies better and more feasible as the existing than trying to implement failures of the past. Let's hope someone comes forward with an ism between capitalism and nationalism - a perfect ism. I will vote for him/her.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      bravewarrior – 6.35% is but only a few drops in a large pool. They will not be able to stir the waves in parliament, but on ground level they will surely whip up anger and frustration as far as they go.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      AliciaC – I believe it is essential to know people’s intentions and goals, and even their qualifications and achievements, especially when they are political and religious leaders. If everybody hope (and pray) for the best, I am sure everything will turn out for the best. Thanks, Alicia.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      On a side note, I think it's hilarious that you were not following me but thought you were. I have had that happen a couple times with. I would shake my head, wondering why I didn't get notifications of some writer's hubs, and I would cuss out HP, only to find I had never followed that writer. LOL

      This gentleman you write about sounds like the type of person I would like to see more of in American politics. We need more rabble rousers who want to shake up the establishment. Interesting read, Martie.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Hopefully, his party's 6.35% will fizzle out. No country should be run by someone so narrow-minded and prejudiced. As you say, you can only hope for the best.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for sharing this detailed information, Martie. As others have said, this is new information for me. I've heard the names of the people that you mention but didn't know their beliefs or history. What a complex situation. I hope conditions improve for all South Africans.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      mckbirdbks – I practice ostrich-behavior most of the time, but sometimes I find a stone too large to swallow right under my wings. Then I have to throw it out. I try to keep it short and sweet :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      DDE – At present corruption reigns. Not only the majority in charge, but also officials in all sectors, in particular those responsible for law enforcement, lack integrity. But somehow, I believe, Good will prevail.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Vickiw – I will grab the right opportunity to emigrate, and this means going with my children and grandchildren. I can’t imagine leaving them behind. At present they are happy, too busy living their lives to pay attention to politics and the future of this country. I think most South Africans are like the frog in that horrible video. The frog was put in water, and the water was slowly heated up. Somehow the frog didn’t feel the heat. Thank you so much for caring, Vicki.

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      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Martie. I see you are becoming quite political. Quite vocal. You have become angry at the misguided of your country. You will raise your voice and be heard.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MartieCoetser, when I left South Africa my son was nine and did not regret leaving but was sad in the beginning. I now know that my son is in a better place and will only plan to visit but will not live there again. I do feel for my family and plan to get them out soon. You have got me thinking even more about my country. It is all so corrupt.

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      5 years ago

      Emigration is the hardest thing you can ever do, that's for sure, dear Martie. But at least in this country there is all kinds of help now for those who take this radical step, as we did many years ago. There was no help for us then, as the SA government had kicked out the Canadian Consulate, so that we couldn't leave as emigrants. We left as tourists, with little money, leaving family, friends and our beautiful,home. We couldn't take our money, as there were exchange controls, which prevented that.

      We couldn't tell anyone, because there were secret police, reporting people's every move.

      Thank God we were young, and very determined not to raise our child there. My daughter has thanked me so many times over the years for making that move.

      But it isn't easy, you are so right about that.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Nell Rose – Knowing the history of man and his doings, we can but only try to survive the best we can until death stops us. Or what else? Thank you for reading and commenting, Nell :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      fpherj48 – When I write about my country, I always give an objective report, open for interpretation. SA is a beautiful and rich country – our land and minerals are of the best in the world. As small as we are – only 1/12 the size of Canada - we are the LARGEST producer of platinum in the world, the 8th largest producer of gold, 5th largest of diamonds – at a time we were the 2nd largest - and so forth. But what is happening – top management go home with immoderate salaries while the workers on the ground don’t get enough to afford bare necessities. Go figure their anger and desperation! So they go on violent strikes, torching properties and each other, or they attack, rob and kill soft targets, especially whites living on farms or seniors too old to defend themselves, and yes, they even attack each other, as they become part of gangs intimidating their entire communities. Our crime rate, due to unemployment and poverty, is on 78.53% - the 6th highest in the world.

      Nationalization is not the solution, as we need the financial and intellectual input of international companies in order to keep the mines running with the most modern equipment and most advanced knowledge.

      So, the people of my country are falling into the dark depths of Africa due to the government’s mismanagement, maladministration, and probably most of all, due to their indifference.

      Anyway, you got the picture, dear fpherj48, and believe me, emigration is not as easy as it sounds....

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      DDE – I know that the changes in SA are even more noticeable to ex-South Africans like you, now living in another country. Let’s face it, a noticeable fall was expected in order to get all citizens on the same level. But today, 20 years later, it is clear that the ANC politicians had bestrode the sauce train to enrich themselves at the cost of all other citizens. Today they are all stinking rich, the middle-class are poor and the poor even poorer, living in precarious conditions. Unfortunately this is what normally happens when ‘niet kom tot iet’ - when nobody becomes somebody. This is the factual state of affairs, visible for all to see, yet, the ANC refuses to admit it?

      Contemplating the upgrade of the president’s PRIVATE home to the amount of R246m. The Public Protector found Jacob Zuma and his family unduly benefited from this so-called “security upgrade”, and now the ANC-ministers are accusing her of ‘interference in state security”. See the most recent article -

      Can you imagine how well only 50% of R246m could have been applied to the benefit of the poor? Our roads, too, are in a terrible condition, but instead of using available resources to do the necessary upgrades, they installed toll roads, loading the budget of the man in the street, and on top of this, past all reason, to the financial benefit of another country. And then we see the briberies, the kickbacks – those in charge accept only the tenders of shifting alliances.

      Anyway.... Sooner or later they will also bribe Malema, then he will be another sheep in parliament.

      Appropriate quote: “If nothing works, pray.”

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, this was a really interesting read, and like others here are ashamed to admit not knowing anything about the politics of South Africa, it must be hard to sit back and know what should be done, and realise that's not going to happen, I hope it works out the way you all want it too, nell

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      CyberShelley – Sadly true, Robert Mugabe is one of Malema’s role models, so the fear of following in the footsteps of Zimbabwe is quite a terrifying reality. Not only in the minds and hearts of educated South Africans, but of the entire Western world. There is a significant difference between Africa and all Western countries – devastating poverty and autocratic rulers living in luxury while their people are dying of hunger – as it was during the Middle Ages in Europe - is but only two differences. Hopefully our leaders will rather follow the example of flourishing Western countries, but without repeating any inhumane deeds. However, history has proven that progress is only possible by exploiting the middle-class and the poor, regardless of their race and education. I guess the recipe of success, or rather of living in luxury, lies in the answer of “How to exploit people in such a way that they don’t realize it.”

      Thanks for your visit and for sharing your opinion.

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie....I see I (and all your readers) need to thank you for the vast and interesting"South Africa" education. You have given us so much to learn that we may not have otherwise had the opportunity to be exposed to.

      In other words, thanks to you, our friend, our knowledge of South Africa, historically, politically and geographically continues to grow. I consider this a gift, as I am fond of learning, especially about countries other than my own.

      This young man certainly seems to be on a "mission," with no hint of slowing down. Such incredible turmoil and upset all throughout our world, Martie. We do need to give support to one another.

      I'm with Maria when she says the jet is fueled and ready! You have a lot of love coming from our part of the world. My hope is that peace and fairness prevails your country...UP++++

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      always exploring – I love your heart!

      Is it not interesting how history repeat itself? I guess this will forever be the case. The less you know, and the less you have to lose, the dangerous you are. Being white in South-Africa since 1994 means sit on the pavilion and watch the game, take care of the people the nearest to you while watching your back.

      But I must say, the followers of the previous Apartheids regime were also on the pavilion, doing exactly the same, but indoctrinated and restrict, like dosed animals in a zoo. (Thanks, or due to the powerful advocates of Christian principles.) The blacks sitting on the pavilion today, are vigorous and not inclined to tolerate any wrongdoings of those playing the game. They will rather rip the entire pavilion down regardless of the consequences. All they need is a bold leader like JM.

      South Africa is still a 20 year old baby of Democracy, and ignorance is still its milk teeth to be pulled. So, let’s have a heart and apply patience and wisdom, insight and vision.

      If Mar’s pilot doesn’t drop me in Illinois for a ball with you, I will jump out of the plane with my parachute. (Lol!)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      South Africa has changed and it is sad to see what has been going on and how the economy has fallen. The government has ruined a beautiful place.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      marcoujor – My dear sista, compliments from you are precious and encouraging. Thanks!

      Yes, poison comes in small doses, and unfortunately, besides feet (for kicking), and stones and sticks, matches are the most popular weapon of the masses in S.A. So, in no time at all that 6.35% can burn the country down without even realizing that they are cutting their own throats in the process.

      A young, unwise leader can destroy the world by merely using his tongue and charisma. We can but only rely on our juridical system, although it is not at all reliable due to bribery and intimidation.

      Oh, I know, I only need to shout, and you will have me there with you in no time. Mmm, knowing this is truly comforting!

      BTW, I can see a lot of myself in JM. I was also a rebel (and still is), with convictions in contrast with those of the majority. But I was always open-minded and able to see the cause and effects of my behavior and actions and the possible success and failure of my missions, which were, when I were young, mostly instinctive, self-centred and foolish due to ignorance. Today I can but only say that knowledge is power, and the power based on knowledge enhance our ability to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong.

      May God bless South Africa’s politicians with knowledge, insight and vision.

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      Shelley Watson 

      5 years ago

      Excellent fair hub Martie, Julius Malema's face gives me the chills - you would expect to see it on the 'most wanted' list. He appeals no doubt to the poorest - pity he cannot look north and see what land grabs did for Zimbabwe. Perhaps my view is too simplistic, he just reminds of a less educated Mugabe. Brilliant writing on your part.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, i actually felt chilled when reading this. The world is in such turmoil. Malema sounds dangerous, not saying that he is wrong, just going about it the wrong way. Underneath it all, it appears that minerals are the force for evil, just as oil is the leading factor for greed in my country. Malema's youth organization reminds me of the time in history when a country wanted to rid themselves of the Jewish community. Your writing about SA is informative and important. We hear little about it in the news. Stay safe and keep writing. If Mar picks you up in her jet, swing by Illinois and we'll have a ball!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Martie,

      I am forever learning from your journalistic style of writing. This piece is absolutely no exception.

      The two thoughts that stick in my mind for whatever reason...

      Julius Malema really is a 'young' man (born in 1981) to be in such a great position of political influence. I am from the (bad pun) old school, I suppose...

      I would need to keep my eye on that 6.35% and hope for "the best" as you so optimistically say in your last sentence. I have the jet fueled and ready at a moment's notice, dear Sista! Hugs and much love, mar

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, Frank! Yes, one feels like saying, "Let those with eyes see!" However, I am always eager to see the positive instead of the negative :) If the Apostle Paul could changed his mind, so can Malema. All he needs is a spark from Above :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      wow, what a eye opening hub Martie..

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Dear vocalcoast, South Africa is but only 1 219 912 km² (758 018 miles²). Comparing to the size of Canada – 9 984 670 km² (6 204 186 miles²) - S.A. is about 12% of Canada. So, roughly ten South Africa’s will fit into Canada. However, while Canada has a population of 34.88 million, South Africa is loaded with 51.19 million - 79.2% Africans, 8,9% Whites, 8,9% Coloureds, 2,5% Indians/Asians and 0,5% others. (Heaven knows what those ‘others’ are, but these are the numbers of the 2011 census!)

      Repeating myself: I do think it is important for us to have an idea what's going on in other countries - just an idea is better than total ignorance.

      Thanks for clicking in for the read, Audrey :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I always learn from your magnificent hubs, Martie and this one is no exception. I knew very little about this leader until reading here about him. In fact, I'm a little ashamed to admit that I am in the dark when it comes to South Aftica's parliament.

      Your map of South Africa gives me some idea of how small it is as well as the location. (At lease it looks small to me on the map.)

      Thank you for writing this informative hub.I am happy to share this. Happy Days my friend!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Vicki, fortunately he is not always able to say and do what he wants with impunity, but unfortunately, even while he had to account numerous times to authorities in the ANC and to magistrates and judges - and apparently he will have to do this continuously - he provokes everlasting discontentment, confusion, agitation, racism, etc. as far as he goes. We all know that a wise leader have a positive influence; they are a role model with enlightening thoughts and ideas. They don't fight wrong with wrong. Or let me rather say, this is what we expect from a leader worthy to follow.

      But one thing is clear, he does have leadership qualities; if he could grab the opportunities to shape and polish himself with knowledge - especially in the fields of history, the rise and fall of various economies, also economy and the cons and pros of all isms - nationalism, communism, capitalism, etc, and of human behaviour, etiquette, protocol, etc.etc., he could be a wise leader at the age of 50+. Unfortunately his intake of knowledge is subjective and bias, so he will probably be a rebel and agitator for as long as he lives. But I still believe the ANC needs a rookie like him in their midst. Let him keep them on their toes and may the consequences not be disastrous.

      Your opinion in your capacity as ex-South African counts more than you may realize, Vicky, and I thank you for giving it without hesitation. I don't expect many comments on this hub, as you know we don't easily give our opinions about the political issues of other countries. But I do think it is important for us to have an idea what's going on in other countries, what kind of leaders are in charge, and what kind of people are exerting influence and effect.

      Thanks again!

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      5 years ago

      Well, this guy sounds like a real charmer, Martie. But then you have a number of them. Like being between the devil and the deep blue sea. I always admire your ability to root out the facts and the stats in your articles.

      What is truly amazing is that he seems to be able to say and do what he wants with impunity. Doesn't speak well for fairness and justice; he is a barbarian. Shame on the ANC for not dealing with him as he deserves.


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