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ID: Statement by Xanthea Limberg, Independent Democrats Youth League president, defending Patricia De Lille against attacks by Julius Malema (10/03/2010)

10th March 2010


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Xanthea Limberg, the President of the Young Independent Democrats has counter attacked ANC Youth League President Julius Malema after he personally attacked Patricia de Lille, ‘while failing hopelessly to answer the tough questions about whether he is indeed stealing from the poor.'

Malema, speaking to a group of University of Johannesburg students yesterday, personally attacked Ms De Lille, laying into her and her husband and women in general.


‘The Young Independent Democrats is shocked that a young man of Julius Malema's age would find it in himself to be so disrespectful to someone who has devoted more than three decades of her life to marginalized and ordinary South Africans,' Ms Limberg says.

‘Although we have come to expect these kinds of insults from Malema, it is no less shocking when he shows that he has no respect for elders that truly care for the poor.


‘We stand by our national President's comments that it is highly likely that Julius Malema is stealing from the poor through tax evasion. In fact, what was missing in his rant at Johannesburg University yesterday was any kind of concrete response to the serious allegations he faces,' says Limberg.

‘This is an old trick of Malema's, in fact it is his only trick - where he says the kinds of things only a drunk or a madman would say, creating the perception that he is an imbecile.

‘But we must never be fooled - behind the veneer of intoxication and madness lurks not a young lion, but a ruthless vulture circling for yet another tender so that he can continue to steal from the poor through tax evasion,' Limberg says.




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