Rumble in the Urban Jungle

Julius Malema is portrayed by most media outlets as a rabid dog, a noise maker,  disturber of the peace and so on. One hardly hears anything good about the man. This debate has changed my opinion of the man. It’s shy of two hours but you can listen to it while you make tea or coffee. I think it is a good debate.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “Rumble in the Urban Jungle

  1. ladysighs says:

    I did listen/watch for 3 minutes or so just to find out who the players are/were.
    I have been watching so many debates in the past month here in the US and don’t think I can take another debate. Plus I’m trying to cut down on my coffee intake ……….


  2. basenjibrian says:

    I don’t know Maka. Couldn’t listen to the debate, but…
    Wikipedia is not an unbiased source, of course. (Part of that media portrayal).
    On the one had, there is a systemic problem in South Africa. And I can imagine the insipid defense of said system.

    On the other hand:

    Venezuela is an appalling mess, one of the most corrupt and violent countries in the world. (the government is basically allowing drug gangs to take over, with soldiers moonlighting as gang enforcers) And anyone who is not a ZAPU functionary would agree that Zimbabwe is an utter disaster. A politician who looks to two failed states as his exemplars?

    He actually sounds more like a Donald Trump kind of figure. Donald considers himself revolutionary, too.

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    • makagutu says:

      Fortunately Malema does not look to Mugabe for inspiration. In his examples where he talks of state owned corporations that work, he mentions the US army. On land ownership, he refers to China.
      I think for all his faults he doesn’t compare with Trump in any way. He wants a united south Africa where everyone has access to the factors of production where you can have dialogue with your enemy. It is possible some of his proposals are difficult to redress but in all, he is eloquent in his delivery.


  3. koppieop says:

    State ownership or private management of a country’s reserves, perhaps neither of the systems will disappear.
    Hat off for both speakers; in my opinion, the best point of this debate is where Mr Malema points out that the difference between “you” and “me” is not a matter of pigment but of attitude – strenghtened by (land)ownership.
    Sad to learn now also about the coincidental white genocide. understandable as it is.-


  4. Lander7 says:

    I didn’t want to listen to the debate, I thought it would be boring and unconnected to where I live in the states but this was an incredible debate!

    Honest hard talk vs privileged optimism for the future of the poor and middle class in South Africa. One side pushing for supporting the people, the other for business to hopefully create a success down the line.

    This really exposes how the rich see the poor. As though families trying to feed their children can wait for the next Bill Gates to rise from the poverty into the banking system to give them a 9 to 5 job at a new version of WalMart, it’s disgusting.


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