Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Julius Malema on the state of the nation

I can't help it, it's morbid curiosity. It's like watching a retard trying to eat but poking himself in the eye with a fork. Here then, if you can stand it is South Africa's pre-eminent stand-up comic intellekshual dispensing with more erudite pearls of wisdom for us mere mortals to absorb. This one has the mines, the protests and soccer wrapped up in one. Too good. You can't make up this shit.


Johannesburg (Sapa) -
ANCYL leader Julius Malema envisages a South Africa where the state owns 60 percent of all mines to "generate extra income" for the government.

"The nationalisation of mines will happen, the Freedom Charter says that," Malema told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The ruling African National Congress must have its mind made up about it in time for its next conference in 2012, said Malema. An internal paper was already being drafted within the party for discussion, he said.

"We want the ANC in the conference in 2012 to pronounce what is the stand of the ANC on the nationalisation of mines... we need a decisive leadership, we don't want cowards," said Malema.

However, he was quick to explain this did not mean the government would "grab already existing mines".

"You don't grab already existing mines, you allow... their licences to expire. With the new licence you issue, you have that element of majority shareholding by the state. "As you issue from now, moving forward, you're not giving 100 percent to the private sector, you're going into a 60/40 partnership."

He said a strategy was needed to see "how we do it without tampering with private ownership because there are laws that are binding us".

Malema moved to assure those who were concerned that the government would not be capable of running mines, saying the private sector, owning 40 percent, would ensure that everything ran smoothly.

"The private sector will ensure that standards are not compromised," said Malema.

"We are going to do this in partnership with the private sector but with us being the majority."

He insisted that the ANC was not being hijacked by leftist elements.

The nationalisation of mines was necessary to generate income for the government so that it could fund free education and provide better services to the people, said Malema.

"There is a need for us to make an extra income... and this extra income is in mines. This state can't build hospitals, it can't give people electricity, the pace is very slow because there is no money. We are relying only on tax.

"Where can we get extra money? It's beneath the soil and this soil belongs to us."

Sakhile township

Malema said he was planning to visit the volatile Sakhile township in Mpumalanga -- but has been warned by President Jacob Zuma "to behave" himself.

Malema would travel to the Standerton township on Wednesday, he told reporters.

But Zuma reacted warily when he heard of the plan, revealed Malema.

"He [Zuma] said to me, 'I hope you are not going to fuel the fire there because we have a problem we are dealing with'.

"So, we [the African National Congress Youth League] are called to order," said Malema.

According to the youth leader, Zuma warned him by saying: "If you go there, you must behave."

Malema also slammed violent protests, saying people burning tyres while wearing T-shirts bearing pictures of Zuma's face were discrediting the president.

"They [protesters] must barricade the roads with themselves, just standing on the road without fire. Then the police will not do anything to them.

"I'm going there tomorrow [Wednesday] to Sakhile. I'm going to tell them -- you don't have to burn, you must fight but you must not undermine the Constitution. Why must you burn a tyre?"

Malema lamented red tape and sluggish delivery by the government, acknowledging that the turn around time in service delivery was slow.

The Sakhile township saw violent protests in recent weeks with residents complaining of bad service delivery and demanding the resignation of the mayor and councillors.

On Thursday, ANC national executive committee members Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba visited Standerton for day-long meetings with municipal and provincial officials, church organisations, community leaders and local party structures.

The ANC leaders promised to report back to the community soon. Mbalula is also scheduled to visit the township on Wednesday.


Malema warned local soccer authorities that in-fighting could jeopardise the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"Comrade Irvin [Khoza] must instruct his forces to disarm and all must be rallied behind the elective leadership," said Malema, referring to the Premier Soccer League chairman who lost Safa's presidential race to Kirsten Nematandani last month.

Voting regions within Safa have disputed the election of Nematandani, who has since called for unity in the football fraternity.

"It is petty squabbles that are going to divert the attention of Safa [SA Football Association] from organising the World Cup... which will be taking place in Africa for the first time.

"Whatever allegations... that the elections were stolen... it is very important they put aside those differences. It cannot be that... personal interests be put before the interests of the country," Malema told a press briefing in Johannesburg.

He welcomed the new Safa leadership's decision "to let Joel Santana vacate the position of head coach".

Santana's resignation was announced after a Safa management committee meeting on Monday, with only eight months to go before the 2010 World Cup.

Under his leadership, Bafana Bafana fell to 85th position on Fifa's world rankings.

"We told the president of Safa [SA Football Association] Santana must go... what you must do as new leadership, you must take a major decision by firing this man," said Malema.

Malema was not impressed by rumours that another Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira may return to the position he vacated last year because his wife was seriously ill. He has been widely tipped to be making a come-back.

"If Parreira comes back, it would be a setback because we have won with our local coaches, we have not won anything with these foreign coaches. And we have made that point clear to Safa."

Even if Bafana Bafana lost under a local coach, it would at least be in a "dignified way", said Malema.

"We reaffirm our call for the appointment of a local coach to take Bafana to the World Cup in 2010. We want to lose or win under our own local coach. If we lose, we will lose under our own and we will appreciate and welcome those type of achievements.

"A local coach will do away with conspiracy theories... on the loyalty of some of these coaches who are coming to coach even if they are not from here.

"A national coach must be a person who's patriotic and pride himself on being South African.. who does not have a divided loyalty, who knows when he does not perform, not only the public... but also his immediate family members... will complain to him directly.

"We need a person who will receive both pressures from all corners. To them [foreign coaches] it's just about a job of their own... it's not about personal pride."

Malema said all Bafana's major victories happened under local coaches, such as the African Nations Cup win in 1996 under Clive Barker.

But Barker would not make the cut this time, if it was up to Malema.

"Why would we want to be coached by Shakes Mashaba, Jomo Sono or Clive Barker? They're old. Let's give the new ones an opportunity to emerge. The old must allow the new to be born... and to rise in football."

Malema's first choice would be Lucas Radebe, 40.

"We can build a solid team with Lucas Radebe as coach. Lucas expresses himself very clearly and independently. He's not a stooge or tool of any individual in the football fraternity and that makes them very uncomfortable with this boy."

He said this would also solve the problem of communicating with players --- Santana was often criticised for his broken English.

"Lucas knows all these languages, including township lingo... and the language these boys use to communicate."

The former Bafana captain's lack of coaching experience did not damper Malema's enthusiasm.

"Like all the coaches, they've got their first time coaching [there has to be a first time]," he said.

7 Opinion(s):

FishEagle said...

"...and the language these boys use to communicate"

In other words "dumb speak".

Anonymous said...

Sorry Dobes - I just couldn't get past the first few paragraphs without wanting to shoot someone.

Anonymous said...

Ja, I could't get past retard. As we say in Canada, "Developmentally delayed."

Delayed, for sure, by about 200,000 years.

Viking said...

"Where can we get extra money? It's beneath the soil and this soil belongs to us."

classic Malema!

how long will it take JM and his simian mates to develop the technology to extract minerals by themselves?

h said...

@ Viking

JM specifically wants whites to do the work and manage the businesses, etc... but he demands to be a partner and extract profits. He wants to leave the 'details' to the whiteys, but make most of the profits. This is the same mentality that the rest of his ANC yard ape pals have. That is why i say whiteys should not assist or partake in anything related, so they can then try do it on their own. Alas, for some whiteys to get rich they will help and actually sell their souls to the devil himself.

Exzanian said...

These remarks reflect the disgraceful results he obtained in matric.

Viking said...

well said h.

It makes me realise just how much socialists fail to understand cause and effect, or more specifically Economics, which is about cause and effect.
20 years after the Wall came down, idiots like Julius still don't grasp that if you do x then y will happen.

They will still insist that you can ignore it, and legislate to stop y from happening. And then z will happen, but then you can legislate for that too. Pretty soon you're North Korea.

There's nothing wrong with the state trying to get a better deal for its mineral resources, but nationalisation is plain stupid. The knock-on effects are staggering.