Die duistere prentjie raak vinnig donkerder. Weermag basisse is gisteraand op hoeë gereedheid geplaas. Talle woordvoerders wat tot nou slegs snedighede oor die “call for war” veldtog van Malema gehad het, voel nou ‘n koue rilling teen die ruggraat opkruip. Hierdie vlaag van radikale gewildheid en steun het nou na die weermag oorgespoel, en mense raak senuweeagtig.
SOUTH African military bases have been placed on high alert – for the first time since democracy – ahead of Julius Malema’s planned meeting with soldiers today.
Malema’s spokesman Floyd Shivambu said in a statement: “The meeting is as a result of the pleas and requests the armed forces, soldiers of the SANDF, sent to Malema to come listen to and voice the military and soldiers’ cries and demands. For a considerable amount of time now, South Africa’s important component of its defence force has been marginalised and threatened with dismissal whenever they raise concerns about conditions of work.”
Defence Ministry spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said all bases across the country had been placed on “high alert”. “The military is a non-partisan organisation, this is being viewed as incitement, which is a criminal offence, it will be treated as such. The country cannot afford for similar instability in the military. The SANDF is the last line of defence of the sovereignty of the country. We cannot allow anyone to play political football with this institution.”
Malema denied that he had yesterday sang the controversial “Kill the Boer” song, saying he had replaced the words with reconciliatory words and sang “kiss the Boer, kiss the farmer”.
Teen hierdie tempo waarmee Malema sukses en mag verkry, kan die gesoenery soos hy dit noem, baie vinnig en baie intiem begin.