Clash between Malema, rivals averted in Seshego

2012-09-19 13:39
Sipho Masondo in Seshego
Police managed to avert a confrontation between Julius Malema and his rivals, led by his former friend Boy Mamabolo, during a by-election in Seshego, Zone 1.

When Malema arrived, his rivals rushed to the voting station and created a queue to force him to queue “just like everyone else”.

The police and Independent Electoral Commission asked Malema to remain in his white luxury Mercedes Benz S600 while they helped Mamabolo and his group to vote.

When they finished they ushered Malema into the station.

Malema, who was mobbed by the community, said: “Can I get space here? Since when is voting a problem?”

After voting he said: “I’m very glad, voting is part of our culture. The ANC will win, the ANC is very popular.”

He also commented on the settlement which has been reached between Lonmin mine management and the miners who have been on strike for over six weeks in Marikana.

“Workers have liberated themselves. Their act of unity has delivered victory which will inspire many other workers.

They did that on their own, they fought for themselves and the unions were not there,” he said, adding that workers across the country should demand a living wage.

He said he was unfazed by people who called him an opportunist after he visited the striking miners in Marikana.

“We will continue to fight for the workers.”

Malema, who was wearing an ANC shirt, also elaborated on why he thinks there is an attempt on his life.

“Once a minister of defence calls you a counter-revolutionary (s)he is creating a fertile ground for assassination. It’s very irresponsible.”

After voting, he walked into an ANC marquee, surrounded by people shouting: “We will go with you wherever you go, president.”

Some chanted: “Juju, Juju, Juju”.

Meanwhile the police prevented Mamabolo and his friends from charging towards Malema, whom they abused verbally.