Journalists love him. Parliament’s bouncers hate him. 702 callers the land over love to hate him. Whatever your take on Julius Malema there is no discounting the nuclear impact that he has had on South African politics. But he’s just dropped another bomb on the local landscape with his open calls to legalise cannabis.
With just months left until the nations’ municipal elections there are oodles of political antics yet to play out. With the SABC already firmly on its way to censoring anything other than the good story across the pubic airwaves, the ANC struggling to retain its shine and the DA already moaning up a storm; no one genuinely expected that the EFF would give up the limelight without a fight. Hot on the heels of just dropping their not too shabby at all track “EFF I Trust” Julius has kicked things up another gear.
Expressing the EFF’s stance “We have no problem with marijuana being legalised. It must be legalised. It must be dealt with professionally so that it is not abused and used for wrong purposes.”
“I think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana. I tried it once and then after trying I went home to cook and I messed up everything in the kitchen”, then sharing a little personal insight “I have seen a lot of people smoke it, and read and not have any problems. But I have never seen people drink alcohol and read books afterwards.”
“There is no solid reason why it can’t be legalised,”
Clearly the comrades in red overalls have their sights set on mobilising young voters, something that a pretty much unknown young Obama employed to great effect a decade ago before going on to become the leader of the Free World. And their timing could not have been better. With the DA’s eternal hard on for a Drug Free World and the ANC trying to keep all their comrades in the kraal, it’s getting easier to look beyond the patently obvious flaws of the rabble-rousing Julius Malema and appreciate the gale force breath of fresh air with which he is pulverising parliament.
SA’s already feeling a little beaten up by the stream of hollow political promises that were destined to never materialise. Will this be enough to get young voters into municipal election booths? If the EFF can’t do it, surely no one can.