Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Take2: Julius is my bitch

Oh, how I love Julius Malema. I can’t help it. I’m besotted with his chubby little face, his gimlet eyes, his petulant lips. He’s like a cross between an unshaven Britney Spears and crack cocaine, except with half the talent and twice as addictive.

Responsible journalists and readers berate me for writing about him all the time. ”You’re just giving a crackpot a platform he doesn’t deserve”, they say. ”You’re pandering to his rabble-rousing side,” they complain.

I don’t care! I can’t give him up, I can’t. Take Thursday’s classic Malemapropism. Malema is demanding to know ”why all the security cluster ministers are black while the economics cluster ministers are appointed from minority groups?”

Forget the validity of the implied accusation, forget the straight line delivered to a million racists worldwide who are dying to answer, ”Well, set a thief to catch a thief”, or ”if you want to screw up the economy, get the white man for the job”.

No, concentrate on the fact that the head of the ANC’s youth brigade, the ANCYL-biters as they’re popularly known, is petulantly telling us that ”we would have expected once again an African child to occupy that strategic position”.

And then remind yourself that the former management heads of the ANCYL-biters’ investment wing, Lembede, have been found to have totally screwed up their financial reporting, to have breached the Companies Act, and to have been too busy partying up a storm to bother to conduct audits of financial statements since Lembede’s establishment in 2000.

In fact, the Sunday Times alleges (can you allege a fact?) that R436-million from 32 suspected dubious deals has gone missing. And at this poignant moment in the ANCYL-biters’ long and recently chequered history, Malema decides to make the point that an African child should be the South African Reserve Bank governor.

Oh, the exquisite timing. Every night I offer up a little prayer to the ghost of Groucho Marx, asking him to protect Julius Malema. He makes my life richer, and gives me a reason to get up in the morning.

Malema also tells us that unless we have black members of the economics cluster ministries, black kids won’t believe that they can aspire to one day work in strategic economic positions. As he so eloquently puts it, ”[The youth will think], because she [Marcus] is white, they [whites] are born like that, there’s no way I can be like that.”

Just how stupid does Malema think black kids are? Well, I guess he’s the youth expert. A more malicious mind than mine might point out that it’s far more likely that black kids will look at Lembede and the ANCYL-biters’ recent financial travails, and decide to aim a little higher than just being a corrupt, financially compromised official. Like president of the country, possibly.

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Chris Roper
Chris Roper

Chris Roper was editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian from July 2013 - July 2015.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

R350 social relief grant not enough to live on

Nearly half of the population in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world — is considered chronically poor.

More top stories

R350 social relief grant not enough to live on

Nearly half of the population in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world — is considered chronically poor.

US fashion contaminates Africa’s water

Untreated effluent from textile factories in in Lesotho, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius and Madagascar pours into rivers, contaminating the water

Deep seabed mining a threat to Africa’s coral reefs

The deep oceans are a fragile final frontier, largely unknown and untouched but mining companies and governments — other than those in Africa — are eying its mineral riches

Komodo dragon faces extinction

The world’s largest monitor lizard has moved up the red list for threatened species, with fewer than 4 000 of the species left
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×