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Army put on alert

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Think this deserves its own thread rather than get lost in the Marikana one...

The Sowetan said:
SOUTH African military bases have been placed on high alert - for the first time since democracy - ahead of Julius Malema's planned meeting with soldiers today.

The expelled ANC Youth League president is set to meet soldiers near a military base in Lenasia outside Johannesburg.

He has met disgruntled mine workers from different companies around Gauteng over the past two weeks.

Malema's spokesman Floyd Shivambu said in a statement: "The meeting is as a result of the pleas and requests the armed forces, soldiers of the SANDF, sent to Malema to come listen to and voice the military and soldiers' cries and demands.

"For a considerable amount of time now, South Africa's important component of its defence force has been marginalised and threatened with dismissal whenever they raise concerns about conditions of work."

Defence Ministry spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said all bases across the country had been placed on "high alert".

"The military is a non-partisan organisation . this is being viewed as incitement . which is a criminal offence . it will be treated as such."

In a statement, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said: "It has been the expressed intention of Malema that his activities in the mining sector are aimed at rendering the sector 'ungovernable' thereby undermining the economy.

"The country cannot afford for similar instability in the military. The SANDF is the last line of defence of the sovereignty of the country. We cannot allow anyone to play political football with this institution."

She said any attempt to destabilise the military should be regarded as anti-South African and counter-revolutionary.

"No permission has been granted by the SANDF's command structures for any soldiers to participate in the proposed gathering.

"Any member who does without proper permission will be subjected to the disciplinary code of the SANDF," she said.

South African National Defence Union spokesman Pikkie Greeff said: "We have nothing to do with this. The information we have is that among matters to be discussed are concerns over the deployment of ANC cadres to the top structures of the defence force, poor salaries and grievances around dismissals and disciplinary matters."

Speaking last night on Christiane Amanpour's programme on CNN, Malema reiterated the call for a national mine workers' strike he made at Gold Field's Driefontein mine near Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, yesterday.

Before an attentive audience of about 2,000 striking miners he called for mine workers to go on a nationwide strike for five days every month until mine bosses listened to their demand for better wages and for National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leaders to step down.

"As long as [NUM president Senzeni] Zokwana and [NUM general secretary] Frans Baleni are still leading NUM, there will never be progress," he said.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said: "To call on workers to embark on illegal strikes is totally irresponsible and childish.

"The National Union of Mineworkers appeals to all its loyal members to reject Malema's hogwash and to return to work."

Cosatu called on mine workers not to allow themselves to be used as a "political football". "[Malema] is playing a dangerous game, exploiting the emotions of angry workers.

"It is revealing that his main target is not the capitalist employers, who are responsible for the mine workers' low wages and terrible conditions, but their union, NUM."

Asked by Amanpour about his mine visits, Malema said the ANCYL had "taken up the leadership of the struggle to ensure that the mineral resources of the country benefit the people of the country", especially those working in the risky conditions underground extracting it.

Malema denied that he had yesterday sang the controversial "Kill the Boer" song, saying he had replaced the words with reconciliatory words and sang "kiss the Boer, kiss the farmer".

On the same show, anti-apartheid activist Dr Mamphela Ramphele said events at Marikana showed "we have all failed" to realise the vision for the country after the first democratic elections in 1994.

She called on the government, private sector and unions to take responsibility. She said union leaders left the gap for others to exploit instead of leading.

Army put on alert - Sowetan
and

Mail & Guardian said:
State up in arms over Malema's military manoeuvres

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and the defence department are set to clash as he moves his political road show to the military.

The government has described a planned meeting at which disaffected soldiers are expected to voice their grievances against the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to Malema, as a "counter-revolutionary" move that will not be tolerated, vowing to crack down on any member of the military who participates.

The Friends of the Youth League, a group formed shortly after Malema’s expulsion from the ANC was ratified in late April, claim SANDF soldiers invited the controversial youth leader to meet them in Lenasia on Wednesday.

"The meeting and ultimate address is as a result of the pleas and requests the armed forces, soldiers of the SANDF, sent to president Julius Malema to come listen to and voice the military and soldiers' cries and demands," the group said.

According to an Friends of the Youth League statement, Malema will listen to soldiers' demands and "speak on the solutions" that will end "unnecessary starvation and threats of dismissals" of soldiers.

"For a considerable amount of time now, South Africa's important component of its defence force has been marginalised and threatened with dismissal whenever they raise genuine concerns about conditions of work and salaries they receive as workers," it said.

Forced defence
SANDF members staged an aggressive protest in Pretoria in 2009, marching to the Union Buildings in protest over poor salaries and adverse working conditions. Tshwane police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the approximately 1 000 soldiers after they trashed surrounding streets, damaged cars and set a military vehicle alight.

It still remains unclear as to which members of the SANDF Malema will be addressing and how many are expected at the gathering.

The meeting is being convened even as a recently established SANDF commision sets out to deal with issues relating to the conditions of service for soldiers. A military ombud was also appointed shortly after the 2009 protests, to deal with grievances.

In response, the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has labelled the meeting "counter-revolutionary".

"There has been no permission granted by the command structures of the SANDF for any soldiers to participate in the proposed gathering. Any members who participate in such a meeting without proper permission will be subjected to the disciplinary code of the SANDF," she said.

Mapisa-Nqakula said instability cannot be sown in the South African military.

"The SANDF is the last line of defence of both the sovereignty and integrity of the country and we cannot allow anyone to play political football with this institution. It is simply not going to be tolerated," she added.

However, Mapisa-Nqakula did not specify how the meeting was going to be prevented.

...cont/

State up in arms over Malema's military manoeuvres - Mail & Guardian
 
#3
Apparently, he was only addressing a group of soldiers who had been on "special leave" since 2009, and were not in active service. According to the article, they had no idea why they were placed on special leave (?!?!). Therefore, they should be easy pickings for Maleman to brainwash .....
 

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#8
And the genie is out of the bottle.

That Malema needs to be disappeared a la Hani.

Has anybody else twigged his current efforts: discredit the police publically and push the military into subversion?

Soon there will be no security apparatus left to deal with the uprising he's brewing.

Advice to bokkatankie, make sure your cash is out of the country, your passports ready to hand and a pilot ready at DF Malan to whisk you out of the country. You may need him far sooner than you previously expected.
 
#9
And the genie is out of the bottle.

That Malema needs to be disappeared a la Hani.

Has anybody else twigged his current efforts: discredit the police publically and push the military into subversion?

Soon there will be no security apparatus left to deal with the uprising he's brewing.

Advice to bokkatankie, make sure your cash is out of the country, your passports ready to hand and a pilot ready at DF Malan to whisk you out of the country. You may need him far sooner than you previously expected.
I would hardly say his plans are working that well...no need to panic yet. Kill him and you just make a martyr out of him. I'm sure there's enough evidence of his nefarious deals to put him in jail for a fair amount of time.
 
#10
I would hardly say his plans are working that well...no need to panic yet. Kill him and you just make a martyr out of him. I'm sure there's enough evidence of his nefarious deals to put him in jail for a fair amount of time.
People thought Hani would become a martyr and that would spurn uncontrollable violence. I remember the tension well. Thankfully, it didn't happen. Still, Mandela was then 'the' voice of reason. Zuma doesn't have the clout.

Sure, Malema's plans are hardly proving an instant success. But far better to nip his bud before his efforts bear fruit.
 
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Sure, Malema's plans are hardly proving an instant success. But far better to nip his bud before his efforts bear fruit.
Who says they will? I don't think he really has plans, more of an opportunist who has learned how to work the media. When his big effort yesterday ended up being talking to a few dozen suspended soldiers (look at the footage, there were more press there than anybody else). A far cry from not so long ago when he could command crowds of tens of thousands.
 
#12
Who says they will? I don't think he really has plans, more of an opportunist who has learned how to work the media. When his big effort yesterday ended up being talking to a few dozen suspended soldiers (look at the footage, there were more press there than anybody else). A far cry from not so long ago when he could command crowds of tens of thousands.
I welcome your optimism.

I do not suggest Armageddon is only just around the corner (notwithstanding my joke with bokkatankie), but I do fear major civil disturbance is closer than people suspect - unles the (Mal)embers are quickly extinguished.
 
#14
I welcome your optimism.

I do not suggest Armageddon is only just around the corner (notwithstanding my joke with bokkatankie), but I do fear major civil disturbance is closer than people suspect - unles the (Mal)embers are quickly extinguished.
As I wrote above, I'm sure there's more than enough evidence to put him in jail.

I don't think it's time to be hysterical yet either.
 
#15
Daily Maverick - Giggles and gaffes: Jacob Zuma responds to crisis-riddled SA

There was a time when Jacob Zuma got by with dodging serious issues and refusing to stand accountable. But the country is now lurching from one crisis to another, and South Africa needs a president who can show real leadership. Zuma had the chance to do in Parliament on Thursday; possibly the only thing of significance he said in two hours was a hint that the state could soon act against Julius Malema. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
 

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