Malema’s bullying spares no one
THE ANC’s youth wing is employing bullying tactics to intimidate journalists into not exposing the business dealings of its president, Julius Malema.
This week ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu released a four-page document to media houses that appears to be an intelligence report on City Press investigations editor Dumisane Lubisi and his family.
In the last few weeks Malema has attacked journalists from several media houses and accused them of sleeping with politicians to get stories, accepting brown envelopes and siding with disgruntled alliance partners of the ANC.
The attacks came following exposes in City Press in the last few weeks of Malema’s shareholding and ownership of SGL Engineering Projects, which has received about R140 million in contracts from Limpopo municipalities in the last three years. Last week the paper reported that Malema’s taxes and those of SGL were being investigated by the South African Revenue Service for non-compliance.
In what appears to be an attempt to intimidate City Press from exposing more of Malema’s business dealings, Shivambu released the document, which sought to prove that Lubisi was involved in money laundering, abused his position as a journalist for personal gain and that he had received “constant irregular and suspicious payments”.
The document also contained confidential information concerning Lubisi and his wife, which included:
- Personal banking details;
- Residential address;
- Names and identity numbers of Lubisi, his wife and children; and
- Vehicles, including the make and number plates.
Between October and March, Malema has personally accused Limpopo-based City Press specialist reporter Piet Rampedi of being an angry journalist, a small boy, of accepting bribes and being bent on destroying him.
Other journalists have also been threatened that they would be investigated.
City Press has since written to Shivambu demanding that he stop the distribution of the document immediately and without any delay issue a written unreserved apology to Lubisi for the defamatory statements and an unreserved written retraction thereof.
Since he assumed the presidency of the youth league in April 2008 Malema has applied several bullying tactics against opposition politicians, business people, senior ANC members and the media.
Some of his bullying tactics:
- “Let them withdraw. We’ll engage them and we’ll expose them for who they are. We’ll tell them the truth of why they are withdrawing and we’ll mobilise South African society to know what Nedbank is,” Malema said after the bank announced it was withdrawing its sponsorship of Athletics South Africa.
- “Who is Nicky Oppenheimer? We don’t respect him. He has never been a leader of our people. Ours is to take from his family what belongs to the people of this country,” he said in February after Oppenheimer supported Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu’s statement that mines would not be nationalised.
“You (Sonke Gender) must come to us with a clear programme to ask for R50 000. We have a TG (treasurer general) here to sort you out,” Malema told his supporters outside the Equality Court last September after Sonke Gender Justice Network, laid hate speech charges against him for his statement to students in Cape Town last year that President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser had enjoyed the sex and asked for taxi fare the following morning.
Senior party members
- “We don’t care about fakes. There is a small group of elites in the alliance who present themselves as working-class leaders, while there is very little to show that in everything they do. They spend most of their time drinking red wine. We will never be intimidated by such people.”
- “She (then education minister Naledi Pandor) must use her fake accent to address our problems,” Malema said to students and staff at the Tshwane University of Technology in February last year.
- “(Vavi) said he was going to the national executive committee of the ANC. That is uncultured. But because he doesn’t understand the ANC very well he wants to start from the top. We say to him: go to your branch.” University of Johannesburg students on March 9.
- “Tito is nothing in the ANC. If he continues he will not get a nice deployment.” Malema on comments by former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni’s (who is also an ANC member) statement that South Africa would not nationalise mines.
- “She personalised the whole thing. The reality of the matter is that she may wake up tomorrow not being a minister of minerals. Her pronouncement shows that she has committed her own life to capital; capital continues to take care of her. What she is saying is that in her lifetime our economy will never be decolonised. She leads the most untransformed sector in our economy and should know better,” he said about the minerals minister’s statement that mines would not be nationalised.
- “Patricia doesn’t look like a married woman. There is no normal man who can marry Patricia. If Patricia has got a husband that husband must divorce Patricia and come and look for well-mannered and beautiful women in the ANC,” he told University of Johannesburg students after ID leader Patricia de Lille said Malema was stealing from the poor by not paying tax.
- “Zille has appointed an all-male Cabinet of useless people, the majority of whom are her boyfriends and concubines so that she can continue to sleep around with them, yet she claims to have the moral authority to question our president,” Malema said about Western Cape premier and Democratic Alliance leader Hellen Zille’s cabinet
- “She (Zille), the racist little girl, must remember that Zuma is her boss,” Malema said.
- “Helen Zille, who is suffering from satanism, has gone all out to demolish the churches in the Western Cape. She is exposing herself … people there will know they voted for a monster.” March 2010
- “We vow to recruit all his children and his wife then recruit him so that we can save him from himself,”Malema said about IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Mafikeng at the height of electioneering in February last year.
- “It is a fact that Mbhazima Shilowa is an irresponsible parent and his profession is that of security guard,” said Malema on Congress of the People deputy president Shilowa in November 2008