Inside Malema’s “Annus Horribilis”: Excerpt from Fiona Forde’s An Inconvenient Youth (Plus Podcast)
Leadership Magazine featured an excerpt from Fiona Forde’s new book, An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘New’ ANC, where Forde writes about Malema’s “annus horribilis” in 2010, the year in which Malema found himself fighting for his political career:
If anything, 2010 turned out to be Julius Malema’s annus horribilis, the year when he was forced to face the sobering truth that his popularity within the party (African National Congress) had waned and that his leash would never be so long again. Henceforth, he would have to fight for his political survival and secure his clout by other means, neither of which was beyond him.
It was a frustrating how-do-you-do for the young man who had inhabited a political paradise ever since he took over the presidency of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), by which time the ANC was already ripe for the picking for a man of Malema’s calibre and ambition.
Forde also spoke to the Australian radio station ABC about the book, which she nearly subtitled, “The Man with the Breitling Watch”:
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