Wonkie would like to sincerely congratulate Julius Malema for getting re-elected as president of the ANC Youth League. This appointment will assure readers of many more entertaining South African cartoons going forward. In fact, Wonkie believes that the ANCYL constitution is likely to be amended to allow Julius Malema’s second term as president to extend to five years from the current three – Viva Juju Viva!
Besides cartoonists and standup comics across South Africa breathing sighs of relief (job security is valuable in these trying times), Malema’s re-appointment will have some interesting repercussions for the country’s political landscape. While opposition leader Helen Zille is no doubt looking forward to continued abuse and comparisons to six-legged creatures, Malema’s effect on the ANC alliance partners and indeed the ANC itself is expected to be far more substantial.
Just last week, Malema launched a scathing attack on the SA Communist Party (SACP) and COSATU, basically accusing them of selling out blue collar workers and South Africa’s poor. He called on the ANCYL to assume the role of vanguard of the working class. No doubt the country’s poor appreciate that the leader of their vanguard needs to make a tremendous personal sacrifice by living the lifestyle of the rich and famous himself. Perhaps if the outcome based education system in South Africa worked, they might have been smart enough to draw the ironic link.
The biggest impact of Malema’s re-election though, is likely to be on the ANC itself. Some of the major resolutions tabled at the ANCYL conference include some that stood in clear opposition to Jacob Zuma and the current ANC leadership’s direction:
- Land expropriation from white farmers without compensation (a very good idea because this worked well to transform Zimbabwe into the raving success it is today)
- Nationalisation of mines (also a very good idea because this type of state intervention has been proven worldwide to introduce efficient use of resources and prosperity for all. In fact, a prototype of this model has been proven in South Africa already by the likes of sushi king Kenny Kunene’s amazing mining empire that creates wealth without even needing to mine.
- Hardline stance against western imperialist pigs (another mind-blowingly innovative idea – after all, what possible positive impact could the wealthiest nations in the world possibly have on developing countries)
The ANCYL strategy is to support courageous ANC leaders who are willing to implement such radical policy proposals. Something tells Wonkie, that Malema isn’t going to be jumping up and down shouting I’ll kill for Zuma come time for the ANC’s national conference in December next year. Hmmm… isn’t the world supposed to end in 2012?