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Text of report by South African newspaper Mail & Guardian on 9 October
[Report by Mmanaledi Mataboge: "Made in the ANC"]
One weekday in the late 1990s, as schoolchildren went about their classroom business, a lone teenage boy stood at the corner of Landros Mare Street and Hospital Road in Polokwane, holding up a placard, writes Mmanaledi Mataboge. He was protesting against the late delivery of stationery at schools, corporal punishment and "ineffective" school principals. Within minutes, he was joined by hundreds of schoolchildren.
The boy was Julius Malema and his solitary protest, which gained such rapid momentum, signalled one of the ANC Youth League president's precociously early steps on the road to crafting a career in politics.
The youth league's secretary in Limpopo's Capricorn region, Jacob Lebogo, grew up with Malema in Seshego and was one of the …