For those of you who do not know, Julius Malema is the 29 year old firebrand president of the ANC Youth League here in South Africa. The son of a domestic worker – a single parent – in the Limpopo province, he became politically active while in his early teens, since when his rise to prominence within the ranks of the ruling party has been swift.
Malema is renowned for speaking his mind and rallying the South African youth behind the leadership of the party. He steadfastly backed Zuma in the power struggle with Mbeki pinning his colours to the mast of popularism over intellectualism.
That he is corrupt both politically and financially is beyond a shadow of a doubt. Ostensibly he earns a modest political salary, but his position within the party has enabled him to win provincial contracts for companies which he owns and on which he serves as director. Thus his lifestyle is as lavish as any African tin-pot dictator, a role he seems increasingly anxious to fill.
He has made no attempts to disguise his contempt for anybody who does not support the ANC and he makes boorishly aggressive threats against them. However he has a special level of hatred for the whites of this country that borders on maniacal. Given the slightest opportunity, Malema will attend a rally where he will proceed to condemn the racist whites who he claims are hell bent on destroying the African people and the progress that South Africa has made since 1994.
One typically pathetic example of this occurred when an athlete of questionable gender, Caster Semenya returned from the World Championships with a gold medal. The athletics world was in uproar because gender tests had shown that the tragic individual was not all woman. The ANC had got itself in a terrible muddle because officials had ignored the advice of doctors from the local governing body and had entered her in the competition despite the very large question mark hanging over her.
The ANC organised a rally to welcome her home. It was very much a rent-a-crowd affair and quite understandably few genuine fans attended. Malema took the opportunity to berate the whites of South Africa for being racist for not welcoming home the conquering hero/heroine (in this case I really am confused about which word is more appropriate). Truth be known, it is unlikely that there would have been anybody other than a few friends and family there had she been white rather than black.
All that is small beer compared to what has happened more recently. On his 29th birthday last month, Malema addressed a large crowd gathered at a stadium to celebrate the auspicious occasion. At some point he broke into song, one that dated back to the years of apartheid when ANC were fighting the white minority government. The words are a short, simple and to the point. “Kill the Boer”. As far as I can work out that is pretty much it. Actually, it is more of a chant than a song. In any event it caused uproar amongst the white community of this country. The constitution prohibits hate speech and the incitement of racial hatred. If anything falls into that category, surely this is such a case. A senior politician publically advocating the murder of an entire race is about as bad as it gets.
What has been so astounding is the reaction by senior members of the ANC. Jacob Zuma, our President has defended Malema saying that he was only singing a song that was part of the history of South Africa, an important part that should not be forgotten. The Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, concurred and said not only should Malema not stop, but that all South Africans should sing the song as it would keep alive memories of the struggle. Opposition parties went to court where the won an injunction against Malema banning him from singing it again. However, the ANC has appealed the judgement. Mantashe has vowed that they will go on singing it as the ruling is unenforceable and intellectually unsound. The mind boggles.
This all brings me to the Hutu. In the build up to the Rwandan genocide, the Hutus spearheaded media campaigns that broadcast hate speech against the Tutsis. It “became so systemic as to seem the norm.” The abuse of power, the ineptitude of the political leaders, the shocking governance of this country together with the anti-white campaign being waged by the ANC, does not bode well for this country. As an African, I am inured to it. But what I find so frightening is that the rest of the world does not take notice. The numbers of whites being brutally murdered in this country have reached such high levels that ‘it seems to be the norm’. The West has to sit up and take notice. If the likes of Malema are allowed to go on as they are, I do not believe I am being unduly melodramatic if I suggest that we are likely to see a dramatic rise in black on white political killings in this country. The growing disparity between rich and poor does not help matters. The failure of the ANC to deliver on its promises has caused misery the blame for which, as is their wont, the ANC have shifted onto the whites.
I wrote the above on Friday. This morning I awoke to the news that Eugene Terre Blanche erstwhile leader of the AWB (Afrikaner Resistance Movement) had been murdered by two black youths in home on his farm in the north west of the country. Julius Malema, meanwhile has been visiting Zimbabwe where he has been offering moral support to Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF. He was greeted at the airport by throngs of supporters singing his “Kill the Boer” song. Malema told his audience that Mugabe was a great man and that South Africa would follow the same land reform program as that taken by Zimbabwe.
It seems to me to be a little too coincidental that at this particular moment, the most notorious Boer of all should be murdered by two gullible young men, over a trifling affair of R600 (£50.). That they should break into his home and attack him while he was on his bed hardly gels with their claim that they acted in self defence. I have no doubt this was a carefully orchestrated attack timed to coincide with Malema’s absence from the country, but while he was still in a position to garner publicity about his anti white sentiment.
Watch this space!