South Africa: Is Malema’s Life Really in Danger?

Expelled ANC youth leader Julius “Juju” Malema says that there is a conspiracy to kill him based on his comments about South African President Jacob Zuma. (Google Images)

Miranda Andrew of the Mail & Guardian is reporting that Julius Malema says his life is in danger because of a conspiracy against him involving President Jacob Zuma and several ministers. The expelled ANC youth leader believes that those in power are conspiring against him because of his comments that President Zuma is incapable of leading the country. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj declined to comment on Tuesday night on Malema’s allegations.

Andrew writes:

“Malema said he wanted Zuma to step down as president, because he together with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe were ‘compromised’. He accused Radebe of focusing on law and order because his wife and brothers-in-law Cyril Ramaphosa and Patrice Motsepe had mining interests. They belonged to a “black elite” that benefitted from mining in South Africa, he claimed.”

Malema was expelled from the ANC for five years because senior leaders ruled that the youth league leader had shown no remorse for “sowing divisions” within its ranks. Malema was essentially accused of holding the ANC hostage by threatening to turn youth members against the organization. Malema campaigned for Zuma’s presidency against then-president Thabo Mbeki  in 2007, but later changed his mind.

Read more at the Mail & Guardian.

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