Why is our me­dia not tack­ling Malema?

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sam Dit­shego

I DON’T know what brief jour­nal­ists re­ceive from their me­dia out­lets. I am rais­ing this is­sue be­cause dur­ing the EFF’s me­dia con­fer­encethis week they let Julius Malema get away with al­most ev­ery­thing.

Let me touch on two or three is­sues they let him get away with. He spoke about the EFF’s Lon­don trip and or­gan­i­sa­tions it in­ter­acted with and said it was the EFF that sent in­for­ma­tion and pictures about those in­ter­ac­tions through Twit­ter. But there is one or­gan­i­sa­tion he omit­ted, and that is the Royal In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs (RIAA).

He never men­tioned it and the EFF would not have tweeted photos from its meet­ing with RIAA and the con­tents of the speech Malema de­liv­ered there be­cause of the Chatham House rule.

This info had been in the news and it’s out there, but the jour­nal­ists who at­tended the me­dia brief­ing did not do re­search on this one.

Malema said be­fore the ex­is­tence of the EFF that African peo­ple could not speak back to whites.

Is that re­ally true? There were African peo­ple who have al­ways spo­ken back to whites and there are those who, to this day, don’t be­cause of psy­cho­log­i­cal op­pres­sion ir­re­spec­tive of whether the EFF was in ex­is­tence or not.

There were those Africans who not only spoke back to white peo­ple, but also fought back. What does Malema think the PAC and POQO and later the Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment were all about?

He is prob­a­bly not aware that in De­cem­ber 1972, Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment leader Mthuli ka Shezi was pushed in front of an on-com­ing train at Ger­mis­ton sta­tion be­cause he was de­fend­ing African women be­ing drenched with wa­ter by a white sta­tion cleaner.

Ear­lier that year, an­other Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment leader, Onkgopotse Tiro pub­licly at­tacked the apartheid gov­ern­ment and told off a gath­er­ing packed with white peo­ple.

Steve Biko punched a white Se­cu­rity Po­lice of­fi­cer in­side a po­lice sta­tion af­ter he had warned him that if he hit him, he (Biko) was go­ing to hit back.

Ahmed Ti­mol hit a white Se­cu­rity Po­lice of­fi­cer in the groin with his knee and was pushed from the 10th floor of then John Vorster Square and died.

Eigh­teen-year-old Sipho Malaza from my town­ship of Kag­iso was also pushed from the fourth floor of Krugers­dorp Po­lice State and died.

In 1976 African stu­dents took on the apartheid gov­ern­ment. Where was the EFF or Malema?

Fi­nally, he at­tacked Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe and la­belled him a one-party dic­ta­tor and Zanu-PF sup­port­ers cow­ards – some of those Zanu-PF mem­bers were in­volved in a rev­o­lu­tion to over­throw the racist colo­nial­ist set­tler regime of Ian Smith in a bloody rev­o­lu­tion.

Malema has never ex­pe­ri­enced a rev­o­lu­tion, but he de­scribes rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies as “cow­ards”.

He also com­pared Mu­gabe to Fidel Cas­tro. He said when Cas­tro re­alised that his time was up he handed over power. But Cas­tro handed over power af­ter how long and to whom? Cas­tro had been in power since 1959 and Mu­gabe came to power in 1980, 21 years af­ter Cas­tro had been in power.

Malema forgets that Mu­gabe came to power through an elec­tion and elec­tions are held ev­ery four years in Zim­babwe and that there has never been even one elec­tion in Cuba since 1959.

Ob­vi­ously this un­war­ranted at­tack on Mu­gabe came from Lon­don’s Royal In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, a big player in glob­al­ist politics and regime change.

Malema and the EFF for­get that the rul­ing fam­i­lies of Bri­tain and the West in gen­eral don’t stand for this cha­rade called elec­tions, but are the ones rul­ing not only Europe and Amer­ica, but the world and have been in power long be­fore Mu­gabe was born and even longer than Mu­gabe’s great-grand­fa­ther was born.

Fo­cus on the West’s rul­ing fam­i­lies and leave Mu­gabe alone. Kag­iso

UN­SCATHED: EFF leader Julius Malema.

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