When Rhodes University campus started buzzing with debates about a name change earlier this year, the EFF jumped on the bandwagon and wiggled into the conversation. Campus was buzzing with red uniforms and brightly coloured pamphlets in anticipation for Julius Malema’s public lecture on Thursday, 30 April.
But an overwhelming response by the public meant many people were denied entrance to the Barrett building where Malema gave two identical and bold presentations. To give an idea of the attendance, mayhem and madness around the event, here’s a little photo story to accompany the comic.
The event had been exceptionally well advertised and these pamphlets were scattered, spread and pasted all over campus.
On the other side of the building, Malema arrived in a silver mercedes and was welcomed by a clapping crew of red T-shirts. They sang and marched him up the path and into the Barett building.
After the group (and some sneaky students – myself included) slipped into the building, the doors were closed and locked.
Students who were denied entrance into the building grouped outside, chanting and banging on the door, demanding to hear Malema speak.
The lecture venue was certainly in use and EFF members guarded the door, trying to prevent more people from entering the already over-capacity venue.
In fact, they EFF’ed up – the turn out was far beyond what had been predicted, or could be accommodated.
Students stood against the walls, behind the doors and in the corridors to hear what Malema had to say.
Malema delivered a presentation that may not have been politically correct, sound or comforting, but he certainly had the audience’s attention – even if only for comedic value.
Crowd control (which consisted of EFF members, police and security staff) had clearly tightened for the second lecture venue.
He used the same arguments, examples and jokes in the second presentation – and his red crew flanked him all the time.
If politics don’t work out for him, perhaps stand-up comedy will.
It was a ‘Bad luck Brian’ moment. My cellphone died before his presentation ended.
However, I was still able to slip out the venue (before the lecture venue’s doors were locked) and watch Malema leave. Again, the doors of the building were locked as soon as he passed through the door. A horde of frantic students – some who had been able to leave the building and others who had been waiting outside – swarmed around him to get selfies, signatures and comments. He made his way down the path and climbed back into the silver Mercedes, beforing disappearing into the horizon.