Malema on podium for racist rhetoric

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

JULIUS Malema has staged a stun­ning come­back af­ter be­ing ini­tially out­paced by the Young Com­mu­nists League in the on­go­ing rhetoric around South African ath­lete Caster Se­menya. The YCL had made the early run­ning by blam­ing a racist con­spir­acy by “the white race” but Malema has made up good ground with his own racist state­ment.

On Thurs­day the YCL set the early pace with a blis­ter­ing at­tack on “the white race”, say­ing a de­ci­sion to test Se­menya’s gen­der “smacks of racism of the high­est or­der”.

The YCL was widely quoted in na­tional me­dia as say­ing the test “rep­re­sents a men­tal­ity of con­form­ing fem­i­nine out­look within the white race”.

No­body in South Africa is en­tirely sure what this state­ment means, least of all the YCL pol­icy di­rec­tor who wrote it by throw­ing darts at a the­saurus.

The ANC Youth League’s Julius Malema ac­knowl­edged that it had been an im­pres­sive start by the YCL, but vowed to catch up. Last night he of­fi­cially en­tered the race with his own racist con­spir­acy the­ory, which was ex­actly the same as the YCL’s ex­cept slightly less co­her­ent.

Ac­cord­ing to Malema, in­ter­na­tional ath­let­ics of­fi­cials did not value the con­tri­bu­tions made by Africans to the Olympics and other global events, which was “why they start (sic) this racist at­tack on this beau­ti­ful woman, well built, well­re­laxed (sic)”.

Asked if he had ever no­ticed that ev­ery track medal at ev­ery Olympics since the 1980s had been won ei­ther by an African or some­one of African ori­gin, Malema asked jour­nal­ists not to con­fuse him with the facts.

He also de­clined to ex­plain what a “well-re­laxed” woman was.

Nei­ther Malema nor the YCL was able to ex­plain how the racist white race had al­lowed Kenyans, Ethiopi­ans and Eritre­ans to win a to­tal of 12 medals in Berlin while also per­mit­ting black stars from Ja­maica, the US and the Caribbean to claim dozens of medals. How­ever, they both said that they were fig­ur­ing it out.

Mean­while both par­ties have con­ceded that they will prob­a­bly keep driv­ing the lux­ury sedans man­u­fac­tured by the white race in Ger­many, but said they do so with a heavy heart at the in­jus­tice of it all.

Asked if ei­ther the ANCYL or the YCL were go­ing to be cen­sured for their racist smears, gov­ern­ment spokesman Sideshow Khu­malo laughed and said: “Oh dear, oh my good­ness no, how quaint.”

“How many times do we have to tell you?” he said.

“If a white per­son crit­i­cises Africa, it is racism. If an African crit­i­cises a white per­son, it is democ­racy. Okay? Got it?”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.