Judge Lamont hates me – Malema

2011-09-14 13:45

Embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema says Equality Court Judge Colin Lamont hates him.

Speaking to members of the media at Luthuli House today, Malema said Lamont’s judgment, in his hate speech case, was clouded by his hatred for him. “You can see the judge was suffering from irritation. You saw hatred of an individual in court,” he said.

Malema was reacting to Lamont’s ruling that the singing of “shoot the boer” by Malema constituted hate speech. The briefing was attended by Gugu Zuma, one of President Jacob Zuma’s daughters.

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association, which has in the past slammed the league for ill-discipline, was also present to defend Malema and the banned liberation song.Malema said that they would appeal the ruling and take it up with Parliament.

“The judiciary is untransformed. You can’t have love words in a war song,” he said.“ He hit out at white people, saying they were using every means possible to ‘control our lives’. “Soon they will tell us that apartheid is hate speech. We (now) have to ask AfriForum if we want to sing songs.

“Apartheid is being brought back through the backdoor. We have reached a point where we have to put the oppressors where they belong,” he said.Malema said the league and ANC supporters would march to the highest court in the land to express their unhappiness with the country’s judiciary.

The league’s secretary-general, Sindiso Magaqa, also tore into Lamont, saying his ruling was flawed on many fronts. “The judge’s conception of uBuntu is totally flawed and opportunistically used to reach horrible conclusions.

“The judgment also echoes a trend in court judgments that seek to criminalise the struggle against apartheid, to the extent that freedom fighters are referred to as murderers by South African courts,” said Magaqa.

The governing party has also expressed outrage at the judgment, describing it as an appalling ruling.

Meanwhile, Malema said he was ready to accept whatever outcome in his disciplinary hearing. He is facing four charges of misconduct.

“The DC (disciplinary committee) is a necessary intervention by the party. The ANC will never die because of individuals.“We expelled (Bantu) Holomisa and nothing happened. We (ANC) are not in crisis,” he said.

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