DA Youth lay complaint over ‘die like cockroaches’ tweet

2012-11-05 12:53

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth have laid a complaint against the leader of the SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University over a tweet on Helen Zille’s Nkandla visit.

The complaint was made to the Human Rights Commission.

“This tweet is yet another incident in a long history of racist hate speech uttered by Sasco leaders, who continually seek to polarise and divide South Africans along racial lines,” DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement today.

The university’s Sasco leader Sitha Gqomfa tweeted on Saturday: “DA mischievous to visit Nkandla they will die KZN akudlawa pha [we are not playing] and they must die like cockroaches!!!”

Gana said the tweet was “clear” incitement to violence.

Opposition leader Zille led a party delegation to Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal residence yesterday, but was stopped by several hundred ANC supporters.

Police denied permission to Zille and her entourage to proceed along the road to the residence, citing safety reasons.

The crowd of ANC supporters, which eventually numbered between 800 and 1000 supporters, blocked the road to the residence.

Gqomfa said the DA was the “enemy” and had to be treated as such.

“The DA acted against all morality by going to Nkandla. They knew that they would be met by ANC supporters there. They should have found another way to take up the issue, not [by] going to Nkandla to incite violence.”

The DA wanted to visit Zuma’s private residence, where an upgrade, reportedly costing over R200 million and funded with taxpayers’ money, was in progress.

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