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“You Bloody Agent!” – Take a Trip Down Memory Lane Through Julius Malema’s Political Career

Still an Inconvenient YouthIn an article for the Rand Daily Mail, Pearl Boshomane recalls the 10 craziest moments of Julius Malema’s political career.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader has come a long way since the ANC Youth League – and has made some enemies along the way. His former political colleague Kenny Kunene recently called him “Hitler, Idi Amin, Mobutu Sese Seko” at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

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1. Threatening to “kill for Zuma”

This is when Julius Malema became infamous. While addressing a crowd in the Free State in 2008, Malema said: “We are prepared to die for Zuma. We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma.” That was only the beginning of Malema’s PR disasters.

2. Insulting a BBC journalist

During a 2010 press briefing on his visit to Zimbabwe, Malema began verbally attacking BBC journalist Jonah Fisher (who pointed out that while Malema criticised the MDC for having offices in Sandton, he too lived in Sandton). A snippet: “Rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser — that is rubbish… You are a small boy, you can’t do anything. Go out…bastard! Go out! You bloody agent!”

3. Julius’s infamous Matric results

Listen, if you’re going to go around saying crazy things, embarrassing documents will pop up. Like Malema’s Matric results did in 2008. To refresh your memory: he got an H in mathematics (on standard grade) and a G in woodwork (also standard grade). In all fairness, maths isn’t fun for a lot of people and we can imagine woodwork can’t be that easy either.

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