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Sunday Times STLive By Sunday Times, 2010-09-26

Mampara of the week : Julius Malema

You had to feel for Julius Malema this week. He really, honestly believed he could roll into the ANC's NGC and call the shots.

Well, the shots ricocheted and he was caught in the crossfire.

Instead of promoting his candidate of choice, the deputy minister of police, Fikile Mbalula, to the position of heir-apparent to secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, he made him look like a half-cooked, over-ambitious palooka.

Just like Thabo Mbeki, he seriously underestimated the political skills of President Jacob Zuma, and it looks like he may face the same fate in the coming months as party elders mutter aloud about disciplining him.

This Mampara must think twice before sticking his hand in the cookie jar again.