Julius Malema Walking Jesus’ Footsteps
By Londiwe Gumede
Before the rise of the Economic Freedom Fighters, I found it difficult to read objectively a book written by Moss Mashamaite titled The Moving Finger Writes: Vol 2 Will the ANC Be in Power Until Jesus Comes or is it Until Julius Comes?
The book launched just a few months before the 5th general elections, is on the country’s past, present, what could happen in the future and what the rebellious child of the current government, Julius Malema, can change in our, “corrupt South Africa.”
The title of the book mentions Jesus and Julius, comparing their work: Jesus came to save people and the author asks if Julius will do Jesus’ job and save those who have nothing.
Mashamaite’s second volume under the title The Moving Finger Writes, scrutinizes the current government and how they raised a child that turned on its parents.
The first volume was about the current President, subtitled, Retelling the Untold and the Shabbily Told Story of the Last ANC Warrior, Jacob Zuma.
The book talked about his youth, how he got into politics, having been part of the underground army in exile and moving up the ladder of South African politics.
In the book the author talks about the way the African National Congress nurtured Malema and chronicles the good he has done, and condemning the allegedly illegal things he has done, stating that he was taught by his seniors. The way the author brings it all together is unique.
The book is a compilation of essays written with the hope that the Economic Freedom Fights will help the country and its citizens, discussing how they could bring about change.
“After twenty years, black South Africans still exhibit that legendary donkey patience. But here as a young man who wanted the black asses, masses if you prefer euphemisms, to wake up from their colonial slumber and count the years gone by and soon put on their famished Negro bodies the garments of militancy.”
The author incorporates poems about the struggle for land and how the freedom fighters can get what black people have been yearning for since 1994 reciting,
My Name is Julius
I am Julius son of these soils
And I speak for such as have no soil
I am the voice of those with no voice
Now they are muffled.
A huffing and a puffing
A bun or a ban
Mashamaite also compares the South African government and other states of the world that have been under oppression and now are free, using the United States as the prime example.
I would recommend this book for EFF supporters and those who would appreciate poetry and an alternative view of what this country is like and where it could be in a few years’ time.