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We are inspired by Mugabe: Malema

By Thembani Dube

London-The expelled leader of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), Julius Malema addressed one of the militant African organizations in London, the Pan African Congress movement on the 30th of July 2012 at a Methodist Church in Clapham Common.

He was accompanied by the former spokesperson of the ANC Youth League, Floyd Shivambu and a member of the Friends of the ANC Youth League.

The Pan African Congress movement is a crusader organization that is dedicated to the promotion and understanding of African history. The organization also states that its mission is to pressure African leadership to champion the economic liberation of Africans from white capital slavery that is practiced through giant multinational companies that are ripping off Africans and Africa’s wealth for their own gain. Its membership is predominantly Afro-Caribbean.

Malema told the Pan African Congress movement that his expulsion from the African National Congress Youth League was based on the fact that, as leaders of the youth league, they had begun to campaign for the redistribution of wealth in South Africa that is currently in the hands of minority whites. Malema branded himself and Lloyd Shivambu, ‘economic freedom fighters’ that were the true voice of the poor black South Africans that needed to be economically empowered.

He alleged that Zuma and his faction within the ANC had expelled him and suspended Floyd Shivambu at the instruction of powerful white capitalists that had periodically complained in the South African media that the Youth League and its leadership had become ‘mosquitoes’ that needed to be dealt with and removed from the ANC for raising issues of black economic empowerment.

Malema berated and accused Jacob Zuma and the current ANC leadership of hypocrisy for having raised the same issues in the last major ANC policy conference debate, that he and the ANC Youth League has been voicing all along leading to their expulsion. Jacob Zuma, in the last ANC policy conference had called for a ‘second transition’ in South Africa after the attainment of political power in 1994 that would address the redistribution of wealth in South Africa.

Malema singled out the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma for harsh criticism and for compromising the struggle after being dined and wined by the West and the British establishment, specifically Queen Elizabeth. He accused Jacob Zuma of forsaking what the ANC fought for to liberate South Africa, the reclaiming and re-distribution of resources including land from whites to blacks as part of completing the struggle that Mandela and the whole African Congress stood and fought for.

Malema’s address was punctuated with militant sloganeering from an emotionally charged Pan African Congress movement audience who chanted ‘Amandla! Ngawethu! I-Africa Mayibuye’. He stated that he was not the first youth league leader to be persecuted in the history of ANC.

He mentioned that Chris Hani was once brought before the firing squad for advocating that the ANC should start a war against the Boers and that he was only saved by Oliver Tambo who pleaded to to others to give Chris Hani an ear. He said at the time the youth had advocated a militant approach to the struggle which the top leadership of the ANC at the time were not prepared to help launch against apartheid South Africa.

Malema had glowing praise for Winnie Mandela. He confirmed that Winnie Madikizela Mandela was supporting them and giving them all the advice they need and has always urged them to ‘take the fight to them’. He recounted the time when they gone to see her when she was  admitted in Hospital a couple of months ago, where she urged them to continue fighting and being a strong voice for the people.

Malema also revealed that Winnie Mandela is still bitter with a number of ANC top leadership that advised Mandela to divorce her and that this leadership has never wanted to admit that Winnie Mandela is the mother of the struggle of South Africa. He further went on to say that Winnie Mandela’s profile in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa was not based on Mandela’s own heroic struggle but on her on struggles that she waged against apartheid South Africa,

Turning to the Zimbabwe and its politics of land and mineral wealth redistribution, Malema had glowing praise for the president of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe for confiscating land from the whites and giving it to blacks. He stated they found inspiration from the actions of Mugabe as an African leader and were grateful to see him standing up against whites and their economic enslavement of blacks. He castigated South Africa for having supported the UN Security Council's vote that authorized military action against Libya leading to the killing of 'Brother Gaddafi'.

Malema said that even though he might not agree with the methods that were used to obtain land from  4 000 white farmers in Zimbabwe, he however still support the land reform programme in that country as it has benefited a lot of blacks as evidenced by a greater participation of blacks in the farming industry in Zimbabwe. He argued that South Africa should emulate Zimbabwe in its quest to redistribute wealth in South Africa.

During the question and answer session, one of the members of the Pan African Congress movement put forward a question to Malema as to whether Nelson Mandela had gone into prison as a ‘roaring lion and emerged out of prison as a purring cat’ that had sold the struggle to whites. Malema defended Nelson Mandela’s leadership, arguing that it was meant for the transition of South Africa from white political power to black political power and that the people who had a lot to answer for are those who took over from him as the leaders of ANC and South Africa.

Malema also condemned the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that was instituted after South Africa gained independence as an immoral event that asked the oppressed to apologize for fighting the oppressors using the methods they saw fit to fight for their freedom.

Malema also took an opportunity to attack the F. W. de Klerk, the former president of apartheid South Africa. He bemoaned the fact that F. W. de Klerk was given a Nobel peace prize alongside Nelson Mandela and argued that this should not have happened as they were not freed by F. W. de Klerk but by the victorious ANC and the people of South Africa. He also accused F. W. de Klerk of hypocrisy for constantly criticizing the present government’s policies on education.  Malema said that F. W. Klerk was a nobody who should keep his advice in his ‘kitchen’ as he failed to give South Africans a proper education when he was in power during the apartheid era.

Source: uMthwakazi Review