The 5 most powerful statements Julius Malema has ever made
by Malaika Wa Azania on Friday, April 8, 2011
President of the ANCYL,Julius Malema,has been dismissed by many of us as a clown,and correctly so.His fondness for senseless radicalism that contradicts his reality is undebatable.Since his appointment as ANCYL president in 2007,the man has made many a ludicrous political statement devoid of substance.But say what we may, Malema is powerful.
He has proven on many occasions that the power he yields surpasses even that of the president of the Republic of SA.When Malema speaks,the disgruntled youth listen-and the ANC can do nothing about it.
Malema is a populist,and an excellent one at that.He might not be the brightest crayon in the box,but he understands what even intellectuals fail to understand: the politics of space and time.
Substance or not,we live in an age of "rule by noise politics",where the louder you are,the more impact you make.
Below,are 5 statements which according to me,are the most intelligent to have ever been uttered by Malema:
1."WHEN IMPERIALISTS AND COLONISERS WANT TO COLLAPSE YOUR GOVERNMENT,THEY USE NGOs"
I agree.NGOs are responsible for the perpetuation of dependence on our oppressors.Most NGO funding comes from European and AmeriKKKan donors.Do we honestly believe that the very countries that survive on our exploitation could ever emancipate us from economic bondage?
2."THESE POPCORN AND MUSHROOMING POLITICAL PARTIES IN ZIMBABWE WILL NEVER FIND FRIENDSHIP IN US."
This speaks to us pan Afrikanists.We cannot allow a situation where we are supporting factions in our bloc.Pan Afrikanism is a philosophy that advocates for unity among Afrikans.We can never have a United States of Afrika if,whenever we don't see eye-to-eye with each other,we break away to form new movements.We need to learn to solve our differences instead of taking the easy way out by walking away.
3."I AM AN ACTIVIST.I MUST BREAK NEW GROUNDS ON TOPICS AND SAY THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO SAY."
There is a serious threat to revolution in Azania: the inability to think independently.Many activists and politicians are slogan chanters.The following of popular view and blind-loyalism has engulfed our country.We are creating cowards who parrot the views of others instead of taking their own positions.For example,many Azanians hate former state president,Thabo Mbeki due to the alleged AIDS denialism issue.When you ask them why,they say "He let people die".Granted.But WHAT did he deny? Does asking legitimate questions equate to denialism? Most don't even know what Mbeki said,but they hate him...because everyone else does too! And those individuals who dare to ask,are labeled as "sell-outs" by people in their bloc.You are a comrade when you are a blind-loyalist and a sell-out when you are a thinker.
4."IF YOU DEFINE RICHNESS ON THE BASIS OF MATERIAL LIKE CLOTHES AND CARS,THAT'S NARROW.WHO MUST WEAR THESE CLOTHES? MUST I LEAVE THEM FOR CHILDREN OF WHITE CAPITALISTS?"
Undoubtedly the most interesting point Malema has ever raised.
The misconception that material wealth equates to richness is flawed.In Soweto where i live,Black people wear R1300 Carvela shoes,R2000 True Religion jeans etc.My peers are Blackberry totters.Women put on R1000 weaves and people drive Mini Coopers and Golf 5s.Does it make Soweto any less of a concentration camp? No.
Until Black people have ownership and access to the means of production,particularly natural resources like land,then the Black condition will never change.
Furthermore,Azania in its entirety belongs to Black people.If we are not going to live in Sandton, Rondebosch or Umhlanga Rocks, then who must? White foreigners?
5."THE RACIST SA MEDIA,IN ITS MAJORITY FOREIGN OWNED,IS A MOUTHPIECE OF CAPITAL."
This holds true for all media,not just SA media.
The propaganda that we see on the news,and the bias reporting that is widespread serves as nothing but a tool of mass indoctrination.The media reports what serves the interests of the West.Look at the Côte d'Ivoire situation.All media is painting Laurent Gbagbo as this ruthless dictator and Alassane Ouattara as an angel with a shining halo when both have blood in their hands.The media understands the power of perception,and uses that to its advantage and to further the interests of capitalists.
It is unfortunate that Malema doesn't mean these powerful things,but says them to stir up controversy and deepen the soporification of the masses and particularly our vulnerable and apolitical youth.
If Malema was genuine,he wouldn't be part of the problem,because the reality of the situation is that the party that he belongs to is the one nurturing these problems.
Some will argue that he's progressive.I have even heard people say that he is a pan Afrikanist.I disagree completely.
Julius is a conniving politician,a ruthless capitalist and an uneducated yet brilliant populist.But he is NOT stupid.Stupid people don't get this far in the game of politics.And sometimes (not too often, though) Malema does make a lot of sense...