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19 September 2017 13:52 (South Africa)
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Sesheko turns out for Malema bash

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Several hundred people made their way to the Sesheko Stadium on Wednesday morning to celebrate the 29th birthday of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Posters promoting the event promised an appearance by Rebecca Malope, the biggest drawcard on the bill – if you ignore Malema himself.

The crowd consists mostly of elderly people. In more than one hour The Daily Maverick failed to identify a single school-aged child in the crowd, and marshals were resolute in their determination to turn any children away. Not that they needed to do so; few seem to have even turned up to try their luck.

Scores of police, several times as many marshals and no fewer than five ambulances were in attendance.

Among the gifts Malema will receive is two giant portraits of him, by Emmanuel Setlhasane, who says he knew Malema when both went to school here.

"He knew I was doing [the portraits], but he didn't know they'd be here today," said Setlhasane.

By Phillip de Wet

Photos: The Daily Maverick

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  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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