Saturday, November 27, 2010

SA White Refugee May be Sent Home

h/t Ozzie Saffa

The subject of Brandon Huntley has been raised on this site a few times and the latest news is that a Canadian judge has largely rejected his story of racial prejudice in South Africa. This is something of a travesty, because as all of us at ILSA know well, racial prejudice has official status in South Africa, and for a foreign judge to deny it is simply a rejection of facts.

Now, whether or not you believe Huntley's story is largely irrelevant - and I've made it clear that I have my doubts - but the facts to which he alludes are incontrovertible. Victimisation of white people in South Africa, both at an officially sanctioned level and on the streets, is a reality and the goal of this blog has been, in no small part, to gather and present evidence of this reality.

If Huntley is sent home, this represents a huge kick in the teeth for South Africans, and reveals the entire concept of refugee status as a sham intended to favour only certain "victim groups". While Huntley has been living in Canada, a boatload of Sri Lankan "refugees" has pitched up in Vancouver and stated their intent to live off the state for the rest of their lives. Similarly, other claimants plead "poverty" in their homelands as a reason for their refugee claims - as though Western countries have a duty of care towards those whose cultures and societies create only poverty and need.


White South African fights to stay in Canada


Brandon Huntley had been granted refugee status because he claimed persecution in his homeland, South Africa. (Tony Caldwell, QMI Agency file photo)
Brandon Huntley had been granted refugee status because he claimed persecution in his homeland, South Africa. (Tony Caldwell, QMI Agency file photo)

OTTAWA - A white South African who was granted refugee status in Canada after claiming racial persecution may yet be sent home.

On Wednesday, the Federal Court granted immigration minister Jason Kenney's request for a judicial review of the refugee board decision that allowed Brandon Carl Huntley to stay in Ottawa.

In his 2008 application, Huntley said he'd been stabbed three times in seven robberies at the hands of black South Africans. They called him a "white dog," he told the refugee board.

Huntley presented "clear and convincing proof of the state's inability or unwillingness to protect him," the board found. It granted him refugee status in 2009.

Kenney had argued evidence presented on Huntley's behalf was irrelevant. Another woman had testified that black South Africans had tortured and shot her brother, showing the country was powerless to prevent black-on-white violence.

The board decision had also been blasted by South Africa's governing African National Congress as "racist."

Huntley's lawyer, Rocco Galati, told the court the South African government had twisted the immigration minister's arm to review the case, calling the review application an "abuse of process from outside pressure."

Federal Court Justice James Russell didn't buy it.

Russell's decision sets aside the earlier refugee board decision, and sends Huntley's refugee claim back to a "differently constituted" board for consideration.

Huntley first came to Canada in 2004 to work as a carnival attendant. He returned the next year, staying illegally until making his refugee claim.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SA Rape Stats Get More Depressing

IT was one in four last year.

A new survey says that one in three SA men admits to raping a woman, with a quarter of women saying they have been victims.

One in three South African men admit to rape, survey finds

South African survey in province of Gauteng finds 37.4% of men confessing to rape, while 25.3% of women say they are victims


Read the rest here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Govt proposes salary caps

No doubt the "previously disadvantaged" and friends of the ANC will be excluded....

Creeping Communism....

H/T Ozzie Saffa

Cape Town - The government tabled its new growth path in Parliament on Tuesday, part of which proposes a cap on salaries and bonuses for senior managers and executives earning more than R550 000 a year.

The document, unveiled by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, also suggests a cap on increases for all those earning more than R20 000 a month.

It proposes "moderate wage settlements" for those earning between R3 000 and R20 000 a month, "possibly to inflation plus a modest real increase", with "inflation-level increases for those earning over R20 000 a month".

Patel said the document also called for a broad pact between business, labour and government.

Such a pact would include commitments on wages, prices, savings and jobs.

There was a proposal, for discussion with business and labour, for moderate wage settlements linked to clear commitments by business to save jobs, create new jobs and address inequality, he said.

- SAPA

Friday, November 19, 2010

Township Thugs Torch Bus for Disabled

Here are a collection of stories revolving around the Western Cape faux "service delivery protests" which, as usual, have descended into violence and destruction.

The first is Helen Zille's reaction to the "protests", in which she wonders why those wanting more services are busily destroying those services in the process. This criticism is flawed only that it assumes an underlying logic exists in the minds of the thugs involved, when it doesn't.

Last week, three vehicles were burnt during a so-called ‘service delivery' protest in Khayelitsha. Ironically, each of these vehicles was busy delivering a service to the community. One was delivering matric exam scripts to the marking centre. Another was fetching disabled people (for whom the City provides a special, subsidized transport system). A third was transporting children to a camp for abused children. The fourth vehicle escaped the blaze, but was stoned. It was an ambulance responding to an emergency call in the community.

It is beyond irony that services are destroyed in the name of service delivery protests.

Beyond irony for sure, but also deeply uncaring and revealing of a mindset that says, if I can't get what I want then those freeloadind disableds and abused kids aren't either.

scum.

The second, by Cape Minister of Public Safety Albert Fritz, supports the right to protest but characterises the destruction as "nothing short of anarchy".

In the Mail & Guardian we read how the ANCYL is piggybacking the protests although it will not admit to organising them. Alright, but there's little doubt that unseating the DA is part of the agenda of the criminals who are destroying the townships. Someone might want to point out the irony of protesting service delivery in the only province where services are, more often than not, actually delivered. Says one activist:

"We had better service delivery under the apartheid government," said Lili. "At least it built our people covered toilets. Now, we're given open-air toilets and a new bucket system. We’re going backwards."
Well, yes you are. And relying on the government to build you a fucking toilet is part of your problem, not the solution to it.




R29M to "Defeat Imperialism".

Um.....

Solidarity With North Korea?!?!?!?!?!?

The DA is “astonished” the presidency has granted an extra R29-

million to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) for it to host a nine-day student festival themed “Let's defeat imperialism”.

“The National Youth Development Agency is a public entity, mandated to act in an impartial manner, to advance the interests of all of South Africa's youth,” Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said in a statement on Thursday.

“Instead, it is now going to be spending nearly R30-million on a conference being hosted by a radical global youth organisation, of which the ANC Youth League are members.”

The World Festival of Youth and Students has previously been held in Pyongyang, North Korea; Havana, Cuba; and Caracas, Venezuela.

Member parties who made up the event include the Zanu-PF Youth League from Zimbabwe, and the youth league of the Workers' Party of North Korea.

The event would host 60 000 around delegates.

The theme of the year's conference, to be held from December 13

to 21, is “Let's defeat imperialism”, and topics for seminars include “The builders of the anti-imperialist media are fighters against lies and manipulation” and “Solidarity with (North) Korea”.

According to the event's programme, President Jacob Zuma will be attending activities on day four of the event.

“That the state, the presidency and President Zuma himself should be legitimising an event of this nature, and ploughing state resources into it beggars belief and constitutes electioneering at the state's expense,” Trollip said.

The agency's R400-million annual budget could be used to fund initiatives that promise to make a much greater impact on youth development, such as implementing the wage subsidy proposal or instituting a zero-rating of VAT on books.

“President Zuma should disband this R400-million entity, whose only purpose seems to be to placate the ruling party's Youth League.” -

Sapa

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Abducted Tourist Found Dead in Cape Town

H/T Sarah

This whole thing stinks worse than Gugulethu. Tourist arrives in Cape Town on Thursday and goes on a township tour within two days? I've been advising people against going on these tours for years..

Who is the male companion?

Hopefully more details will emerge soon.

British Tourist Found Dead In South Africa

A British tourist has been found dead after being abducted by armed men in Cape Town, according to South African police.

Google map highlighting Cape Town, South Africa

Google map highlighting Cape Town, South Africa

The 28-year-old victim and her male friend were kidnapped on Saturday when a group stopped their taxi near a major township, officers said in a statement.

The attackers forced the driver out of the vehicle and sped off with the tourists. The 31-year-old man was released an hour later, the statement continued.

But the body of the woman was found later in the Lingelethu West area, southeast of the city centre.

We would like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike, to exercise caution and be vigilant.

Western Cape Provincial Management

"An extensive search for the vehicle and the female victim resulted in the discovery of the hijacked vehicle in Lingelethu West, with the female victim's body on the back seat," the statement said.

It added a post-mortem to establish the cause of death was set to take place.

Police did not release the identities of the tourists, who arrived in South Africa on Thursday.

The country has one of the highest crime rates in the world, with about 46 murders a day.

The statistic led to a massive increase in security during the June-July World Cup.

Authorities in the scenic Western Cape, one of the country's top tourist destinations, urged visitors and locals to be "prepared for potential danger".

"The Western Cape Provincial Management would like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike, to exercise caution and be vigilant when entering an unfamiliar area and always be prepared for potential danger," it said.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Does Affirmative Action work?


If you read the bullet points below, you will be forgiven for thinking that this might be something that some white South African racist dreamt up.

It is in fact a study done by The Council of the Great City Schools, in the United States, called “A call for Change: The social and educational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools.”

How can I, a white South African even start to read this publication, without some radical, bigoted thoughts? It is actually impossible.

It is useless to even try and compare it with what we have today in South Africa..

So I started to think along the lines of, yes, sure, there are many factors that contribute to the poor performance of black males in this specific study, but surely this is the land of milk and honey for any minority group like for instance blacks. They have the benefit of affirmative action that makes sure that they as minorities are protected.

I am again struggling to come up with some logical reason for this, without calling it what I think it is.

Read the full publication here. Be warned, it is comprehensive, and a lengthy read.



• Black mothers had infant mortality rates at least twice as high as White mothers between 2003 and 2007.

• Black children, 17 years old and younger, were 50 percent more likely to be without private or government health insurance than White children in 2008.

• Between 2006 and 2008, the percentage of Black males 0-4 years of age in families without health insurance was higher among those who were classified as near-poor than those living in households identified as poor or non-poor. However, there was little difference between Black males living in metropolitan areas and all Black males at various income levels (poor, near-poor, or non-poor).

• In 2008, Black children ages 18 and under were nearly three times more likely to live in single-parent households than White children. Nearly two-thirds of all Black children lived in single-parent households.

• In 2007, the majority of Black children under 18 lived in single-mother households. Approximately six out of 10 Black children lived with a female parent, no spouse present; compared with three out of 10 Black children living with married parents.

• In 2005-2006, three out of four Black children at age 4 were likely to be enrolled in a non-Head Start child care program. At least one-third of Black children participated in home-based care or had no regular nonparent arrangement.

• In 2008, the highest level of education attained by parents of Black children ages 6-18 was similar among mothers and fathers. At least one-third of these children had a parent with a high school diploma, 24 percent had a parent with some college, and less than 15 percent had a parent with a bachelor’s degree.

• Black children ages 18 and under were twice as likely as White children to live in households where no parent had full-time or year-round employment in 2008. Four out of 10 Black children lived in households where no parent had full-time or year-round employment, compared with two out of 10 White children.

• One-third of Black children under age 18 lived in poverty, compared with 10 percent of White children and 27 percent of Hispanic children in 2007.


• In 2008, Black males were nearly twice as likely as White males to drop out of high school—9 percent of Black males, compared with 5 percent of White males.

• In 2007, Black students were less likely to graduate on time from public high school (completing grades 9 through 12 in four years) than White students. Eight out of 10 White students graduated from public high schools in four years, compared with six out of 10 Black students.

• In 2008, Advanced Placement test takers were more likely to be White students than Black students. Approximately 60 percent of AP test takers were White, 15 percent Hispanic, 10 percent Asian and 8 percent Black.

• In 2009, the average SAT scores of Black males were lower than the average scores of White males in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The gap between White and Black students taking the SAT was 104 points in critical reading, 120 points in mathematics, and 99 points in writing.

• In 2009, the average ACT score for Black students were below the average score for White students in English, mathematics, and reading. The gap between White and Black students was six points in English, five points in mathematics, and six points in reading.

• In 2009, few Black students met the ACT college readiness benchmark in reading, mathematics, or English. At least three times as many White students as Black students met the college readiness standards for reading; four times as many for mathematics; and twice as many for English.

• In 2009, Black males were less likely than White males to enroll in a two-year or four-year college after high school graduation. Three out of 10 Black males enrolled in a four-year institution, compared with four out of 10 White males.



• In 2004, Black high school seniors were less likely to participate in academic clubs than their classmates. About 45 percent of Black students participated in sports activities, 17 percent in academic clubs and 24 percent participated in extracurricular music activities.

• In 2004, students with a low socioeconomic status were less likely to participate in academic clubs, sports, and extracurricular music activities than their classmates. Sixteen percent of students in low socioeconomic status, 20 percent in middle socioeconomic status, and 28 percent in high socioeconomic status participated in academic clubs.

• In 2007, Black students and poor students were more likely to be retained during their K-8 school careers than their classmates. At least 23 percent of students who were retained were poor, and 16 percent were Black, compared with 5 percent who were not poor and 8 percent who were White.

• In 2006, Black students were three times more likely than White students, two times more likely than Hispanic and American Indian students, and five times more likely than Asian students to be suspended from school. About 15 percent of Black students and 5 percent of White students were suspended.

• In 2008, public schools in cities reported higher rates of violent and seriously violent crimes than did public schools in the suburbs, towns, and rural areas in 2008.

• In 2008, public schools with more than 50 percent minority enrollments reported higher rates of crime than did schools with fewer minority enrollments in 2008.

• The higher the rate of violent incidents reported in public schools; the higher the percentage of FRPL students attending those schools. In 2008, public schools with over 75 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch reported three times more violent or serious violent crime than did schools with 0-25 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

• In 2008, gang activities were more likely to be reported by public schools in cities; public schools with a high percentage of minority students; and public schools with a high percentage of FRPL students than other types of public schools.


• In 2001, graduation rates for White males were consistently higher than national averages. The graduation rates were at least 50 percent higher for Whites males than for Black males. Approximately 15 percent of Black males graduated in four years and about one-third graduated in five years, compared with 33 percent of White males who graduated in four years and half who graduated in five years.

• In the second quarter of 2010, the unemployment rate for Black males ages 20 and over was twice as high as the unemployment rate for White males of the same age. Black males had a double-digit unemployment rate (17.3 percent), while the unemployment rate for White males was in the single digits (8.6 percent) and below the national average

• In 2008, Black males who graduated from college were more likely to earn bachelor’s degrees in business than in any other field of study. Approximately 30 percent earned a degree in business, 10 percent in social sciences and history, and fewer than 10 percent earned degrees in all other reported areas.

• In 2008, nearly 50 percent of Black males receiving a professional degree studied law, while 17 percent studied medicine and 4 percent studied dentistry.

• In 2009, approximately 20 percent of Black males age 18 or over had either attained some college or had a college degree. Ten percent of Black males had earned bachelor’s degrees, compared with 18 percent of White males. Four percent of Black males had earned master’s degrees, compared with 6 percent of White males.

• In 2006, Black males ages 18 and over were more likely to have a lower income than White males with similar educational backgrounds. The wage gap between Black and White males not graduating from high school was approximately $5,000, compared with a gap of over $20,000 among those with a master’s degree.

• In 2008, Black males ages 16 and over in the labor force were more likely to have an occupation in the production, transportation and the material-moving fields (26 percent) than in the management and professional fields (about 23 percent). Some 13 percent worked in natural resources, construction, and maintenance.

• In 2008, Black males ages 18 and over accounted for 5 percent of the total college student population and 36 percent of the total prison population.

• In 2008, Black males ages 18 and over were imprisoned at a rate six and a half times higher than White males.

• In 2008, Black males accounted for at least 41 percent of the prison population ages 18 through 34; White males accounted for approximately 27 percent of the inmates in that age range.

A prediction …..anybody?


It only takes 2 weeks in the limelight to show your colours, ma’am…….

Is this lady the next embarrassment for South Africa?

Maggie Sotyu, did not take long to show her view on things extremely important to any South African, namely crime and the police.

Below are three excerpts from local news related to the lady.
• What is very apparent is that she was key to the disbanding of the Scorpions.
• That she is a racist of the highest order.
• That she is intolerant towards whites.
• That she has no respect for the law.

“Maggie Sotyu, who chaired Parliament's police portfolio committee during the last term of Parliament and was key to making sure that Parliament approved the disbanding of the Scorpions, is now deputy police minister.”

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu on Tuesday said government will not bin a long-awaited study into the nature of violence in South Africa.

The report was commissioned by the police ministry three years ago, but came under fire when it was tabled before Parliamentarians.

The study by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation found South Africans are generally quite tolerant of violence.

However, MPs questioned the value of the report, complaining that it fails to explain why violent crime is escalating.

Principal researcher David Bruce became defensive when they tackled him on the report's "glaring omissions."

One said, "To develop a new explanation of violence would be incredibly unrealistic."

Sotyu went as far as to question some of the findings.

She said, "Where it is said that violent crime, the biggest portion, is from poor people, it's not true."

However, she said there are some bits of useful information the ministry will use to tackle violent crimes.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu says South Africa's courts are racist because black criminals receive harsher sentences than their white counterparts.

Beeld newspaper reports Sotyu said a white farmer who dragged a black farmworker behind his bakkie got off with a fine of R10 000.

In contrast, when a black worker killed a white farmer he was jailed for life.

"So we are saying that those are politics of racism because our courts need to be empowered, they need to be aware that we are now in (the) new South Africa," she added.

The comments drew criticism from civil rights group AfriForum who said it had asked National Director of Public Prosecutions, Menzi Simelane, to determine whether Sotyu had transgressed her parliamentary privilege

"The deputy minister should rather devote her time and energy to the effective prevention of violent crime, than to polarise the community to an even greater degree with her racially-obsessed statements," said AfriForum's head of community safety Nantes Kelder.

Sotyu, a former chairwoman of Parliament's portfolio committee on police, was appointed deputy minister in President Jacob Zuma's major Cabinet reshuffle 10 days ago.

She reportedly made the remarks after a briefing to MPs on Tuesday on the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's report on violent crime in South Africa.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Toozday Toot - Bloekomboom

Monday, November 08, 2010

Screw the Workers

Aurora: screw the workers

Aurora boss Zuma has to decide which of his 19 cars he'll drive today, while workers beg for food

Oct 17, 2010 10:38 PM | By JUDY LELLIOTT

Desperate workers at Aurora's Grootvlei gold mine are furious that their boss, Khulubuse Zuma, has been enjoying his fleet of multi-million-rand cars while they have not been paid for eight months.


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WHAT'S FOR LUNCH? Khulubuse Zuma, chairman of Aurora Empowerment Systems Picture: DANIEL BORN
quote Its not right . they have no decency . it's shameful quote

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The Times visited the mine in Springs, east of Johannesburg, yesterday and showed the miners a picture of Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma, driving a new R2.5-million Mercedes-Benz SLS63 AMG Gullwing, on his arrival at the wedding of national police chief Bheki Cele last month.

The picture and details of Zuma's fleet of cars were published yesterday in the Sunday Times.

The miners' wives have left them and their children have been forced to drop out of school because their parents cannot pay the fees.

Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, own Aurora Empowerment Systems, which took over the liquidated mine last year from Pamodzi Gold.

The miners last received their R1600-a-month wages at the end of February and say they have been abandoned by the mine's high-flying owners.

Simon Khanjane, a worker who lives at the mine hostel, said it was "shameful" that the workers have to endure squalor and hunger while Zuma drives around in one his 19 cars, including a R935000 Range Rover Sport.

Zuma also owns two BMW 750is, each worth about R1.1-million, and has been seen driving a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce.

"It's not right . they have no decency . it's shameful," he said of Zuma's arrival at Cele's wedding in the gull-winged supercar.

It is not known if Zuma owns the red Mercedes in which he arrived at the Cele wedding.

Khanjane has two children, aged 15 and 10, who have had to drop out of school in Lesotho because he could not pay the fees. His wife is unemployed.

His colleague, Sehohalo Mafalosa, is a widower who says he cannot afford to go home to Lesotho and has no idea how his two children, aged 17 and 13, are surviving.

"Everything I earned I used to send to them. I used to have a minder who looked after them. Now I can't pay the minder.

"I don't have anything to eat. I can't give my children anything to eat. I go out and beg for piece jobs to see if I can watch cars but there is nothing," he said, lying in a dimly-lit room he shares with 16 other men.

The hostels in which the mineworkers live have a sporadic electricity supply and no water.

Workers walk 2km to the nearest tap to collect water in drums so they can wash and drink. Many cook their food, donated by nearby businesses, on open fires on their doorsteps.

Another miner, Tala Sehlabo, said: "We have children. We have wives who are divorcing us because we have no money. Our passports are expired and we have no money to renew them so we can go home."

The mine kitchen has been stripped bare. Electricity cables litter the floor and menus pasted on the wall remind the miners of better times.

A dusty poster setting out the terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act hangs lopsided on a wall.

"Zuma and Mandela just closed and left us," said Sehlabo.

Friday, November 05, 2010

US $ the reason for all that is wrong in SA?


I am at a loss for words when I read something like this.

Europe is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, and not the USA.

It is very obvious that the US economy has a big impact on the rest of the world. If it goes badly in the US, believe me, it goes worse elsewhere.

But back to the criticism by Pravin Gordhan. This sounds like an ideal excuse for the high Rand value now, does it not?

Why should the US care for South Africa, if the South African government and the “average” South African are trying their best to be as unproductive as possible?

At least this is forcing South Africa to reconsider its exchange control.

Now for another question that is in the back of my mind. What impact is this going to have on Zimbabwe that only uses the US $ ?


S.Africa joins chorus of criticism on US Fed policy
– Fri Nov 5, 11:59 am ET
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa's finance minister on Friday criticised the latest US decision to pump more cash into the faltering US economy, joining China and Brazil in warning the move would hurt emerging markets.

"Developing countries, including South Africa, will bear the brunt of the US decision to open its flood gates without due consideration of the consequences for other nations," Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in a statement.

"The move by the USA will force developing nations to take more steps to mitigate the impact of the increased flows into their financial markets."

Gordhan said he was "disappointed" the US Federal Reserve had decided to inject another 600 billion dollars (422.5 billion euros) into the economy without waiting for next week's meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 nations in South Korea.

"The USA's decision undermines the spirit of multilateral cooperation that G20 leaders have fought so hard to maintain during the current crisis," he said.

"Most of the 600 billion dollars that the Federal Reserve will pump into the USA's economy will find its way into the financial markets of emerging market countries, where these dollar flows will have the effect of strengthening emerging market currencies."

South Africa has seen its rand rise 47 percent against the dollar since November 2008, as investors seeking higher returns in emerging economies have poured capital into its financial markets and driven demand for the local currency higher.

The country's export sector is pressuring government to take measures to weaken the rand, saying its strength is hurting the competitiveness of South African products.

Gordhan last week announced the country would ease its exchange control rules in a bid to rein in the rand.

More ANCYL Threats Against "Reactionary White People"

Foolius strikes again. This time it's Twitter in the spotlight:

The ANC Youth League on Thursday vowed to trace the "reactionary, rightwing, white people" who impersonated its leader Julius Malema on Twitter, but would not divulge how this would be done.

"We'll trace them... that is very possible to do," African National Congress Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu told Sapa, in reaction to at least 12 Malema impersonators existing on the social networking site.

"We are sure, when they get exposed, you will see it is white people. Reactionary, rightwing, white people."

Asked how the tracing would be done, he replied: "We don't want to expose our strategy on how we will get them. But we will get them and we are going to report them to the police. It's fraud, this thing, it's unacceptable, it's against the law.

"We will also institute civil claims against them and sue them.

"It is white people who are doing this because white people have a problem with the ANC Youth League."

Shivambu said the youth league had contacted Twitter's head office in San Francisco to complain about the impersonators. He said the US Embassy in South Africa helped the league contact the Twitter office.

"They [Twitter] made a commitment that they will close all those freak accounts as soon as possible. We are waiting for that."

But the ANCYL would continue with its own "tracing" and report the offenders to the police, Shivambu said.

By 2.45pm on Thursday, a search for Julius Malema on Twitter showed all 12 impersonators were still alive and well. Of the 12, six bear the picture of the firebrand youth leader.

The last post by one of them, JuliusMalema82, was around 2.30pm, which said: "Eish mamma... wot is all this about us wanting to close Twitter. These bloody agents again."

Twitter users were in stitches on the social networking site on Thursday morning following the news Malema wanted to close it down.

Tweets kept rolling in by the minute, with international news websites such as BBC, also picking up on the story.

"Julius Malema wants to shut down Twitter?" Hahahahahahahahahaha, best joke4 2day," several users commented in reply to a post by 5fm radio jock Gareth Cliff.

Another, user EarleneBSmith, said: "Today is create a juju malema account day... do it... you know your red sockes (sic) want to.... lol!"

Garethdv added: "ANCYL to close down Twitter... They truly are a bunch of gifted individuals!"

Another, kerryannerogers, pointed out grammar mistakes in the African National Congress Youth League statement: "In fact ANCYL statement called for 'closer of Twitter' following 'cretation' of fake accounts. Was that so we'd know it was the real Malema?"

The impersonators continued their work on Thursday morning.

One user, named JujuMalemaOZ, offered black empowerment "tips".

"Julius Malema empowerment tips#10 Friends = comrades, badguys = Agents, opposition = cockroach and Jonny walker = yebo yes!.

"Julius Malema empowering tips#9 Agents are everywhere, use a helmet to block brain scanners, no need for me, no brain to scan," the post read.

Another impersonator, called julius_m_jnr, wrote: "Trying to help Daddy find the Pedi word for 'satire'... Any help plz, how do I explain it to him? #malema."

Someone else suggested: "Funny We may just have found the ANCYL's weak spot. They're terrified of Twitter. Let's ALL start fake Julius Malema accounts!"

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Sapa