Malema launches tirade against Zuma, Nzimande
EXPELLED ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has again attacked President Jacob Zuma, saying he is an angry man who is failing to show leadership in the ANC.
He also attacked SACP leader Blade Nzimande claiming that he left the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) not long ago and joined the ANC in 1992. Malema and suspended league secretary Sandiso Magaqa defied the ANC sanctions on Friday and addressed "Friends of the Youth League" in Thohoyandou.
Malema began his address by thanking and honouring the youth of 1976, saying they did not sell out and had fought for their rights without fear. He then turned to Zuma, labelling him an "angry" man and a "pretender".
He said it was under Zuma's leadership that the youth in the ANC were being "traumatised" and expelled from their home for raising issues affecting them.
"Zuma is an angry man. We regret having a president like Zuma because he does not show leadership. He will not leave a legacy such as that left by former president Thabo Mbeki," said Malema to loud cheers.
"I urge you to fight fearlessly to ensure that there is a change in the leadership in Mangaung. We cannot afford a situation where we have leaders who suppress the voices of the youth," he said.
He added that Zuma was not showing leadership by "always" reshuffling his cabinet.
"Zuma is even confusing himself by focusing on cabinet reshuffles instead of feeding the poor people who are starving of hunger. People are driving in expensive cars and sleeping in luxury hotels while the majority of the people went to bed on empty stomachs," he said.
"The youth of 1976 fought for us. Not like Nzimande who left the IFP and joined the ANC in 1992. Blade knows nothing about the ANC," he said.
Malema further questioned why Tony Yengeni and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela were not getting presidential pardons "while Schabir Shaik got a special treatment".
Magaqa said he and Malema were being persecuted because of speaking the truth.
"We were fighting for political freedom like our forefathers did. Now we are chased away by corrupt elements within the ANC. I'm suspended for a year. Maybe tomorrow I will be expelled. I'm ready for that," said Magaqa.
The event was also attended by ANCYL provincial chairman Rudzani Ludere, his predecessor Frans Moswane, the league's provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo and the league's secretary in Vhembe, Rolivhuwa Nelwamondo.
Some anti-Malema youth sang songs mocking the youth leader as he arrived in his black Mercedes Benz.