JULIUS MALEMA – A POLITICAL CASE STUDY?

I read this piece   from  THE GUARDIAN, concerning     the troubled  ANC  Youth leader  of South  Africa.

Julius Malema, above, was once considered ANC’s possible future leader by president Jacob Zuma but become his political nemesis. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

A maverick youth leader in South Africa is facing life in the political wilderness after a failed appeal against suspension from the governing African National Congress.

Julius Malema‘s bid to overturn a five-year suspension was dismissed by party officials on Saturday, effectively stripping him of the presidency of the ANC’s youth wing.

Malema was once anointed a possible future leader by president Jacob Zuma but has since become his political nemesis.

Charges that he sowed divisions and brought the ANC into disrepute were upheld by the party’s disciplinary committee, which described some of Malema’s appeals as “naive and absurd”.

Malema is the first leader to suffer such punishment since the youth league was co-founded by Nelson Mandela in 1944. The loss of political influence and access to lucrative contracts represents a bitter blow to the ANC diehard, who joined the party aged nine and has become arguably South Africa’s most talked about and polarising politician. He once threw a BBC journalist out of a press conference, yelling: “Bloody agent!”

Following the announcement, Malema and fellow youth leaders made an attention-grabbing visit to the home of anti-apartheid struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Soweto, according to local media reports. The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela has publicly backed Malema against Zuma.

Saturday’s verdict will be regarded as a boost to Zuma’s hopes of re-election at a party conference later this year. Malema, a radical voice for the nationalisation of mines and seizure of white-owned land, has become a rallying figure for his political enemies.

The youth league president was suspended in November on charges that included comparing Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, for failing to promote the “African agenda”.

Malema was also found guilty of calling for regime change in neighbouring Botswana, a source of diplomatic embarrassment.

“Discipline is one of the key pillars in the life of the ANC,” Cyril Ramaphosa, a senior ANC figure and head of the appeals committee, said at the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

In a minor reprieve, Malema and other youth leaders were cleared of the charge that they knowingly barged into and disrupted a meeting of the ANC’s top national officials. They were also granted leave to appeal against the length of their suspension within 14 days.

Malema, who is also facing a criminal probe into his finances, had retained his position as youth league leader while the appeal was heard. He was cheered by supporters at the ANC’s centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein last month, although he was denied a chance to address them’.

This  young man,  Julius Malema  enjoys  a popular support  among members  of  the ruling ANC  party  and in the country  itself.   The  ANC  thinks  their  fire-brand  youth  leader  has  proven  himself  impetuous  and recalcitrant.  They however think  he is  not  beyond  correction  and still needs  to be educated.  They did therefore  not hesitate   to  bring    down  the heavy  hands of  punishment  upon  him.  The  punishment in itself  is an audacious decision  considering  the strong support that  the  firebrand  youth  leader  enjoys.

Entering  into  a very critical  election,  does   Julius Malema’s case  bring out  any  vital lessons  to our political parties  and  to the nation Ghana  as a whole?  Are  our political parties  ready  to  discipline  their members  whose speeches and actions  looks similar to that  of Malema?    It  is  so  pathetic   how political parties  are  ready  to defend  and protect  a member  when it is so  obviously clear  that   what  the said  person  did   demands total condemnation.  We now  view wrong doing  according to political parties.  Is  it not  time we draw lessons  from   the ANC  example  and  put national interest  and peace  first.   Why should we  tolerate  people  whose actions  and  sayings  are detrimental to the  peace and stability  of our country simple because   they  belong  to our political parties?

Julius  Malema’s  issue  should be a wake-up  call   to  all political parties across the continent.  National   interest  should rise above partisan political interest.   Long live Ghana.

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4 thoughts on “JULIUS MALEMA – A POLITICAL CASE STUDY?”

  1. Looking at the dominance of the ANC in South African politics, they have no fear of losing power. They can therefore afford to have intra-party conflicts and they can easily sanction their members. Due to the competitive nature of Ghana’s political climate, parties have to strive to maintain a semblance of unity.

  2. I would have to question the point that Malema was “disciplined” by the party to put its interests or the nation’s interests first. I would rather assume that Malema’s sacking was an attempt to quell his so popular rants and criticisms of the President Zuma who now sees Malema as a threat.

    However, it would be revealing to see President Mills sanction the hot-mouth Kofi Anyidoho because of the latter’s vitriolic language for some time now,

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