This is a sepedi idiom that translates: If you think about the rhino then you must climb a tree. It simply reflects that sometimes you tend to think about things and to your surprise, they happen after a short period of time.

It was on Saturday afternoon when I introduced a brand new post about the prominence of the skill that accompanies speaking. There was nothing but a random thought behind the post and this is where the idiom introduces itself. On the same day, Julius Malema, the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters made his speech as the party celebrated its 2nd year anniversary.

The speech was broad-casted on SABC 2, one of South Africa’s leading channels and of course I was watching enthusiastically, not politically. I am not going to lie and say I did not expect half of the words said, but trust me, I was awed.

The EFF was one of the dominating opposing parties, second or perhaps almost equal to the Democratic Alliance, in the 2013 national elections where the African National Congress remained triumphant. Considering the fact that it had just been founded in a few month before the elections, the EFF did extremely well in recruiting and winning the publics’ votes.

How was that possible? Well I was only 11 years when I saw Mr Malema on television and if my memory serves me well, it was not quite a peaceful moment. Mr Malema, still the President of the ANC Youth League then, was involved in a controversial argument, or let me call it a tongue-lashing, with a white journalist at a press conference. Julius Malema decided to kick him out of the room because he was asking ‘uncomfortable’ questions and saying ‘insulting’ statements. But arent journalists entitled to the freedom of speech too?

Anyway, what I remember very well was when he asked security to remove the ‘thing’ out of the room. Malema undressed the man racially, intellectually, physically and professionally. That was what I called complete humiliation then, and the term has not been altered as yet.

The public was well aware of his behaviour, different foods for different appetites, South Africans decided to interpret and decide on it as it suited their likes. Then again, old habits die hard indeed and the zebra never loses its stripes, Malema is still Malema.

He spits and lashes as he wishes, one of the reasons why he was suspended from the ANC Youth League Presidency. Could this be the reason he gets his votes? Because according to me the EFF has not done much to feed Africans. His presence is always mounted my thousands and thousands of supporters, and trust me, even if he is not around, the Economic Freedom Fighters make their opinion heard.

Now like  I said in my last post, the use of words is choice and nobody will force you to mold your lip as you let a sound out.

Personally, I think that it is because of the increasing decrease in the value of the accuracy and honesty of the ANC to the public. People have been pulled to and fro rumors and facts of corruption, negligence, nepotism and promise-breaking. The ANC has an exceptional gift of going out of this world with needed promises and never keeping them, especially when it comes to the villages. The income gap will forever widen and this is a break in point of promise-making for all other political parties hungry for power.

Julius Malema has a tongue of rusted gold which has been honed to perfection. The dirt in it lurks by just a flicker of a glimpse and the sight permanently resides in ones mental voice.

The world needs to accomodate the skill of speaking.

I am Karabo Kgaphola!



  1. What suprises me the most is how did Mr Malema manage to get many followers, are people following because of the words he`s using or are the following him because they think that he can change South Africa into a good and better country for all? Journalists are entalited to freedom of speech but Mr Malema makes to look like their nothing. He is also entitled to freedom of speech but why is he opressing the rights of Journalists?

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