- Juju believes that Zuma is still more loved than Ramaposa
- A clip of his speech from May 28, has been doing it's round
- It is believed that the ANC will call upon Zuma for support in KZN during elections
Julius Malema appeared to be respectful towards Cyril Ramaphosa at Mama Winnie’s funeral this weekend. However, his true views appear to be of a completely different nature.
Malelma gave a speech in which he compared the former president, Jacob Zuma, to his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa. A clip of this speech has been doing its rounds in which he touched on the two men on March 28.
Ahead of the EFF’s motion of no confidence against Mayor Athol Trollip, Malema was in Nelson Mandela Bay. The motion was ultimately a failure.
The alleged rumours that were circulating in the ANC that President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering holding earlier elections were confirmed as true in Malema’s speech.
Hitting out at the ANC, he said that the euphoria around Ramaphosa’s rise, however, was misplaced.
“We have exposed the ‘new dawn’ as an ‘old dawn’ … not even in a new bottle of Dawn lotion, it’s actually in an old Dawn bottle. There is nothing new about Cyril Ramaphosa; there’s nothing new about the ANC.”
Malema said Ramaphosa had been incorrectly advised and mislead with regards to his popularity. He alleged Ramaphosa was seriously considering having the elections earlier to capitalize on this apparent current popularity. He claims that Ramaphosa is not nearly as popular as he thinks.
“But he can bring them [early elections]. We are ready.”
There is concern in the ANC camp that it will not get an outright majority in 2019. Analysts have said that the ANC’s loss of support in the major metros in 2016 was due to the scandals that surround Zuma.
KwaZulu-Natal is still supporters of Zuma, and show their support for him at every turn and he continues to be hailed as hero.
Briefly.co.za learnt that, come election time, political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, told The Citizen last week, that the ruling party may have underestimated just how much they may need Zuma in his home province.
Earlier this month with Zuma’s appearance at the High Court in Durban facing corruption charges, solidified a picture of little unity within the ANC. The widespread support for the former president, proved he still has amazing backing from his home province. This has resulted in much speculation, with reports of a possible mutiny in the ANC. Taking this into account, Mathekga said that should KZN vote poorly for the ANC in the next election, the party could be in trouble.
“If you perform severely poorly in KZN, it will affect your national tally when it comes to how you perform [in the elections]. ANC members should be very careful. They should be running with fire extinguishers in trying to deal with this matter,” he said.
In the clip, Malema calls Zuma “the most charming, charismatic man … a good singer, loved by women” and says Ramaphosa doesn’t get the same kind of love from any particular quarter, though the “white minority” and “white-owned media creates the impression that Ramaphosa is popular”.
“I want you to look at two YouTubes [sic] video of Ramaphosa walking in Soweto and Zuma walking in Natal at a mall. Look at those pictures. Zuma can’t move. The people are all over him, and then Ramaphosa moves freely. Even invites people: ‘Woza, woza.'”
He explained that they couldn’t be scared or intimidated by Ramaphosa or his apparent rise in popularity, when they’d never been scared of Zuma.
“And then we must be scare of ‘Woza, woza, come to me’?
“A leader must not call people! A leader must be a magnet! The people must go to a leader! There’s no leadership in Ramaphosa! Nothing!
“He’s got no charisma, no theory; he’s got nothing to offer! He only has money. We’re not sure because we have not seen the bank balance, [but] that’s what the white media tells us.”
He said Ramaphosa wasn’t a buffalo, even though he looked like one, but was actually weak. “He’s got no strength of a Buffalo. Maybe strength of sardines, or something like that.”
The fact that he had a secretary-general, Ace Magashule, who could “contradict him at every turn” was presented, among other things, as evidence of Ramaphosa’s weakness.
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