Malema and Zuma, Back Together Again
After months of tension, South African president Jacob Zuma and ANCYL leader Julius Malema appeared together at a rally Saturday to celebrate the 66th birthday of the youth league.
“We have no respect for Helen Zille. Why are we asked to respect a person who built open toilets? Helen Zille is a representative of apartheid,” Malema said of the DA leader and Western Cape Premier. “If Zille had her way, she would declare the Western Cape an independent republic. You have put a cockroach in Cabinet and we need to remove that cockroach by voting the ANC into power.”
Malema then said Vavi “must be put where he belongs,” and “The workers have no interest in whether a young man throws a party or not. They’re working in mines underground in difficult conditions.”
Vavi, who is General-Secretary of COSATU, earlier said he had been “sickened” at news of a lavish birthday party for business tycoon Kenny Kunene that Malema had attended, where sushi was served on scantily-clad women.
“We will never stop partying,” Malema said. “We are young. It is our responsibility. We will never apologize for it.”
Malema also told the audience that Whites still control 80-percent of the country’s economic power.
Zuma came to the stage next, saying that the country needed a media tribunal and called on the audience to return the ANC to power in the Western Cape.