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Julius Malema

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EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

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After 35 years in journalism, John Battersby became the inaugural London-based driver of Brand South Africa. During more than a decade of waving the flag for investment and tourism, he got to meet global movers and shakers. So there are few better placed than the London-based director of the SA-UK Chamber of Commerce to report back on Julius Malema’s visit to London last week where the EFF leader enthralled UK investors, attracting record crowds wherever he went. Battersby spoke to’s Alec Hogg.

Following EFF leader Julius Malema’s visit to London, Alec Hogg caught up with John Battersby to get a better sense of how the UK market reacted to his visit. He started off by asking Battersby what he went over to London to do.

It was a mixture of building relationships with senior journalists and correspondents over here, many of whom I knew from my journalistic career in South Africa and working for papers abroad. Then it was trying to build relationships with institutional investors. I would accompany the Ministers of Trade & Industry and Finance and sometimes the Deputy President etcetera when they came to do roadshows to present to the biggest institutional investors. I began to get a feel of which buttons one needed to press and how one presented South Africa as a desirable destination for trade, tourism, and investment, which is the role of Brand South Africa. Being the custodian of the brand means to create the climate in which one can more successfully (that’s the theory) persuade people to invest (in), trade (with), and visit South Africa.

Before we go into where they think we’re going at the moment, how important is the UK as an investor or a trading partner for South Africa?
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There’s a kind of gap between the political level, which all sounds good and investors get interested and the kind of technocratic level, which you need to actually say, “Right. Well, here’s a project and here’s how a British company could partner with this company, etcetera.” It happened around the World Cup because that was a very focused project. There was a set number of stadiums and what needed to be done around the stadiums, and four teams were put together. What is needed is that kind of commercial cohesion that took place in the World Cup. It needs to be happening in all the other arenas, and that has to do with the lack of social cohesion and consensus within the society. It’s not too difficult to see at the moment if you look at South African Airways or at the SABC, that there’s a deep malaise within those organisations, but it reflects a deeper malaise in the establishment, which is partly managerial capacity.

However, it’s also political division and a lack of a shared vision of where the society is going and therefore, where everybody’s place in that project is. It’s a lack of cohesion and you see it from all the protests that take place on a daily/weekly basis throughout the country.

In other words, we talk a good story. We’re just not executing terribly well and that’s being noticed. In this past week though, Julius Malema has been grabbing some important stages in the UK. Did you have chance to witness any of this?

Yes, I’ve attended a number of events because it is a kind of ‘first visit’ in his capacity as a leader of a political party and a Member of Parliament. It’s been an interesting experience to see his interaction with the investors over here. He was at Chatham House, which as you know, is the kind of top British think-tank both in terms of foreign and domestic policy and he drew a huge crowd. I’ve never seen a larger crowd at Chatham House. I’ve been to many events. He drew the kind of crowd that Heads of State would draw and that I think is because for many people he is a stereotype in their heads. They see the red overalls and they see the episodes in Parliament etcetera, and they want to say, “Who is this guy, really?” Hence, the huge interest.

Curiosity factor as well as ‘we need to know what he thinks of’.

Yes. Curiosity factor – definitely. That’s a large part of it but I think it’s not only curiosity. It’s also a reflection that the current status quo is not looking very good in South Africa.

How did he go down? How did Malema go down with this huge crowd that you say did attend?

Right. Well, I’ve been in different forums. The first one was a small engagement with mainly investors who were just… I think they were surprised. There’s no doubt that they were surprised to find somebody who was as smart, as thoughtful, as articulate, and who had a clear vision. They certainly wouldn’t have agreed with all of it but their ears did prick up when he pushed pretty hard at all the business meetings, the idea of employee shareholder schemes. His basic line has been instead of dishing out shares to politically connected individuals who then become super-rich and can offer protection to the capital that empowered them; if you want to really establish a more stable and productive society, you hand out those shares to the workers and they then get a vested interest in the companies that they work for and therefore, will protect those companies and want those companies to succeed.

At the end of the year, in addition to the salary, they get a very nice dividend cheque and that gives them a sense of ownership.

That’s a very rational approach and one that you’ve been scratching your head to think why the ANC has gone with a different one of trying to just replicate the old ways in many ways, just with a different skin colour. You can see why Malema has grabbed onto this. Did he come across as credible? On the one hand, he’s talking about nationalisation. Now he’s talking about bringing in workers as part of the capitalist system.

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Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema says he does not believe late former president Nelson Mandela was a sell-out, however he stands by the fact that he made compromises.

Malema was explaining the statements which he made while addressing the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

"We must say a collective of the ANC has compromised the Freedom Charter. You [the media] chose to say I said Mandela sold out," he told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"If that helps you to sell your newspaper go on with it, but I know what I said, and I still say it and I said it before... they have compromised the fundamental principles of the Freedom Charter."

'I don't belong to a religion called Mandela'

Malema said everything he said about Mandela was true and he was not willing to sugarcoat anything.

"I don't belong to a religion called Mandela.

"President Mandela is a human being like all of us. He's got his own shortcomings. His legacy and his contribution to the struggle will be a permanent subject for critique in South African politics... if you don't want to vote for me because I'm critiquing Mandela then you want to live a lie.

"Give your vote to those who live a lie, I don't live a lie," he said.

Malema told the Oxford Union that Mandela had turned his back on parts of the revolution after being released from prison.

"The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of the selling out of the revolution. But why did Nelson Mandela sell out the Freedom Charter? When Mandela returned from prison he got separated with Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of the rich white men... he was looked after by the Oppenheimers," he said.

"Nelson Mandela used to attend the club meetings of those white men who owned the South African economy at the time."

Malema's comments were in response to a question on whether Mandela betrayed the people of South Africa in exchange for political power.

Julius Malema
A look at a list of racially provocative slurs would be incomplete without Malema. The leader of the EFF has become more demure in his racial taunts in an attempt to fashion the EFF as a party welcoming to white South Africans. Such is the amnesia that Floyd Shivambu has tweeted “unfortunately the racist statements of #PennySparrow define many white people and DA supporters in SA & the indecisive Gov is complicit”. Shivambu was seated right next to Malema in April 2010 when Malema lashed out at BBC correspondent Jonah Fisher,
“This is a building of a revolutionary party, and you know nothing about the revolution … so here you behave or else you jump … chief can you get security to remove this thing here … and you don’t come here with that tendency, don’t come here with that white tendency, not here … you are a small boy, you cannot do anything.” He concludes this rant by calling him a “bastard” and a “bloody agent”.
Richard Schweid, an author who in his book The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore gives a thorough examination of cockroaches said “if you want to say something nasty about someone, call him a cockroach: that lowest of the low, vilest of the vile, most easily eliminated without a pang of remorse, the cheapest of all lives”. In October 2010 addressing a crowd in Stellenbosch Malema called Helen Zille a cockroach.
“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.”
Penny Sparrow took a feather from Malema’s cap it would seem, again deriding Zille he said in April 2012,
“Have you ever seen an ugly woman in a blue dress dancing like a monkey because she is looking for votes?”
But Malema’s ire is not reserved only for his white political opponents, in May 2011 speaking of his refusal to debate Lindiwe Mazibuko he said,
“She is a tea girl of the madame, and her role must remain there in the kitchen for making the tea for the madame. Because that’s what she chose for herself. So I am not going to be debating with servants for the madame.”

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