Julius Malema says he would ?welcome chance to clear name?


Several reports this week have suggested that the elite Hawks police unit has completed a year-long investigation into Mr Malema?s financial affairs and are ?ready? to charge him.

He said he was happy for the issue to finally come to the fore. ?Let them bring those charges if they are there,? he told ITV News in an interview last night.

?This, if it comes, will be an opportunity for me to present my side of the story.

?But there is political interference. The politicians are putting pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority to act.?

Political analysts have warned that arresting Mr Malema now, when he has become the darling of South Africa?s growing band of striking miners following the fatal shooting by police of 34 at the UK-listed Lonmin platinum mine, could provoke further unrest.

He has blamed the tragedy, in Marikana, North West Province, on President Jacob Zuma and his administration?s failure to address dire conditions at the mines, and called for both him and Mr Mthethwa to resign.

Since the shooting, on August 16, he has toured platinum and gold operations, urging workers to make them ?ungovernable? in a bid to bring about a ?revolution? in the sector.

He said that the 34 deaths should inspire the miners to continue fighting for better wages rather than return to work, as the government and main unions have suggested.

?For every revolution there will be casualties,? he told ITV. ?Even when the Boers were killing our people we were actually inspired by the death of those who died in the battlefield and we soldiered on.

?It is a struggle the mineworkers are ready to die for. We will soldier on until our demands are met. They will never kill all the mineworkers.? Mr Malema is in good company in his criticism of the government over events at Marikana.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, long seen as the nation?s moral compass, spoke out this week at the enduring wealth disparities and growing disillusionment with the ruling ANC which culminated in the fatal shootings.

?Is this the kind of freedom people were tortured and people were maimed for?? he was quoted as saying.

?I ask myself, why were we in the struggle? The highest price was paid for freedom, but are we treating it as something precious?

?People are going to sleep hungry in this freedom for which people were tortured and harmed. It is difficult to believe people are getting such money and benefits, and are driving such flashy cars while the masses suffer in cramped shacks.

?Marikana felt like a nightmare, but that is what our democracy is in 2012.?

Source The Telegraph

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