Thursday, August 27, 2009

Malema's Motives are Transparent

Old Julius is a sneaky bastard. What a coincidence that his newfound love of female athletes comes out just before he's back at the Equality Court!

Just in case you'd forgotten, here's the story below.

Caster Semenya proved herself a smart cookie indeed at her welcome-home rally; I suspect she saw right through Malema's attempt to ingratiate himself to the nation's women and was unwilling to be a part of it. I would definitely rather see her in charge of the ANC Youth League rather than this f++kwit.

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is expected to be back at Johannesburg's Equality Court on Monday for the continuation of a complaint about remarks he made about a woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Fresh after leaping to the defence of South Africa's 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya, who is in the throes of a gender verification ordeal, Malema will this time have to defend comments he made about the woman who laid a rape charge against Zuma before he became president.

The Sonke Gender Justice Network complained about Malema's comment that: "Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money. In the morning, that lady requested breakfast and taxi money."

Zuma was acquitted of a rape charge in 2006 before he became president.

During the previous Equality Court hearing on the matter, Malema admitted making the remark, but said it was in the context of the judgment that acquitted Zuma.

His lawyer Tumi Mokwena said the judge, in acquitting Zuma, said the woman had not screamed, and that she went to the kitchen for food the next morning.

Malema's remarks were therefore fair comment, he said.

However, Lisa Vetten from the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre said Malema was inaccurate on the judgment.

She said the judgment found that Zuma had asked the woman whether she had money for transport the following morning. She confirmed that she did.

It was clear that she did not ask for breakfast or taxi money.

The Network has laid a complaint of hate speech, discrimination and harassment against Malema, claimed that his comments, made at the Cape Peninsula Technikon in January, perpetuated myths and stereotypes about rape.

It wants a full apology and R50 000 in damages to be paid to a shelter for abused women.

At the close of the hearing, Mokwena said that after studying the proceedings' record, a decision would be made on whether to apply for the case to be dismissed. - Sapa

2 Opinion(s):

Scorpion said...

Hi Doberman,

not quite related, but I got this on email and thought it the kind of thing you can publish on the Blog...

Tongue in the cheek, yet still profoundly relevant.

PS - Thanx for a great site. Being informed alone makes me feel better. Gives one a kind of 3D perspective on life here in good ol' SA.

PRETORIA. White South Africans have offered to sign a blanket confession, accepting blame for all current and future setbacks in the country, from non-delivery by the ANC to European athletics officials doing gender tests, in the interests of more efficient government and to save precious time and tax money being wasted on paranoid racist witch-hunts.

The decision follows the latest statements by government, implying that white South Africans were racist for not going to O.R. Tambo International Airport to cheer returning athletes.

According to a spokesman for white South Africans, it was time for whites to "cut to the chase" and to accept blame for everything, ever, from now until the end of time, in the interests of efficient government.

"Service delivery is being derailed because senior ministers are being forced to spend so much time trying to find new ways of pinning their failures on whites," explained spokesman Whitey Cracker-Blanco. "Which is the fault of the whites, if you think about it."

He said that a recent study had revealed that blaming whites was the second largest consumer of ministers' time, after rolling around in the Treasury vault and giving each other high fives. Service delivery was 14th on the list, just behind hot rock treatments and being measured for ill-fitting suits.

"Whites are desperate to contribute to this society," explained Cracker-Blanco, "but they find themselves demonized by their government at almost every turn.

"Which is why accepting all blame for everything ever is a really great compromise: we speed up service delivery by minimizing finger-pointing, and we don't confuse or upset the government because God forbid anyone in government should ever have to think."

Cracker-Blanco said that South African whites were still working out which crimes they were currently guilty of, and which they were likely to commit in the future, but he said it was likely that whites would "cop to pretty much everything".

"It's a historical fact that we started World War 1 and World War 2," he said. "Okay, not us personally, but that's a distinction this government can't seem to make."

He said that local whites "deeply regretted" their current activities in Darfur, Iraq and the West Bank, but added that they might have stayed at home and not gone on genocidal rampages if the SABC starting making watchable television.

"We'd obviously also like to accept full responsibility for the break-up of the ANC in the next ten years," he said. "When they finally disintegrate amid turf wars and clique squabbles, and the whole thing bogs down in a swamp of graft, sleaze and the odd political assassination, we just want to say: mea culpa. We should have done more."

He also apologized for global warming – "If only we hadn't had so many braais" – and said that whites "truly regretted" causing the inevitable cooling of our sun, the collapse of our solar system, and the ultimate disintegration of the Universe.

FishEagle said...

@Scorpion, "Being informed alone makes me feel better." Aint that the truth.