Now there are a few phrases that I never imagined I would ever use, and then one level below that I would put phrases that are just damn silly, like; “How fast do you think you can drive while I hang on the roof? “, and then a level beneath that the ludicrously impossible phrases, like: “No thank you, I would not like another free drink!”. Now when you hit rock bottom of my phrase vault, don’t stop there. Grab a jackhammer and a shovel and start digging. It is down here, beneath layers of reinforced concrete that one would potentially find the phrase I am contemplating today. It seems euphemistic to try and say that I never thought I would say this, but “I agree with Julius Malema.”
Okay. Granted this is completely out of context, but even so, these words send a cold shiver down my spine. “Give back our money” says Julius. And deep down within my soul a glimmering ember of hope shimmers with potential. Yes we know that Julius is just using this opportunity to try and humiliate Jacob. And he is in good company in the race for “biggest thief in the building”, where I would still bet on him for a “place” finish at worst.
What do they say about the devil you know? What choice do we have? Do we keep Zuma simply because he is fairly blasé about the theft and corruption and doesn’t really make too much effort to hide it, or is it possible that we could be looking at a future with a snake like Malema at the helm, who changes his spots like an opportunistic predator, with no morals, pouncing on any opportunity for the political spotlight, leveraging off catastrophe such as the Marikana tragedy, Mandela’s illness, or the conflicts in Israel.
Some classic Julius Malema quotes:
“You can go out…rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser – that is rubbish. That which you have covered in [your] clothes is rubbish, ok? You are a small boy you can’t do anything. Go out…bastard! Go out! You bloody agent!”
“You can arrest me, but you can’t arrest my ideas.”
“We are used like toilet paper that is flushed in the toilet. We are used like condoms — those who use condoms will know how condoms work, they use them and they throw them [away] somewhere else.
“President Mandela is sick and you don’t want to contribute to a worsening condition of Mandela by not voting ANC. President Mandela will never endure if the ANC is out of power.
“Afrikaner farmers have only one passport. They have nowhere to go.”
“Because Capitalists got some small mentality. Capitalists suffers from the mind of a rat. They think if there is going to be an uprising [it] is only the ANC which is going to be overthrown. They don’t know that we will start with them.”
I cannot help but visualise a young child throwing a tantrum when I see Malema. The difference being that the rambunctious young child does not hold the influence or the power to impact our country as a whole, and a young child does not hunger for power at any cost, for the sake of personal gain and lavish luxuries.
But he is right about Nkandla. What boggles my mind is that the Public Prosecutor and the resulting Nkandla report clearly find that our president illegally benefited from the Nkandla scandal, and the punishment is for the guilty party to decide how much they want to pay back, if anything at all? How is this justice? I admire the Public Prosecutor for the courage to stand by her convictions, and also having the nerve to make the report public, but really, what was the point if there are no consequences? Just another waste of public money by a farcical excuse for a government?
As it turns out, that glimmer of hope deep down in the pit of my stomach? … was just gas ….