Julius Malema – a Nelson Mandela past, a Robert Mugabe future?

The year is 2019. President Julius Malema thumps his fist on the lectern and roars: “South Africa shall never be a colony again!” He whips up the crowd into a patriotic frenzy with chants about the hated Boers. He promises: “We will drive the white man from the land, we will drive him from the mines, we will drive him from the boardrooms. Africa for the Africans.”

This is the nightmare future that haunts many South Africans, black and white. They regard Malema as a clown, a loudmouth and a bully. But they increasingly fear that he really could follow Nelson Mandela in going from the African National Congress youth league to president of the republic. The man they compare him with is not Mandela but neighbouring Zimbabwe president-cum-dictator Robert Mugabe.

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