Malema muzzled?

2010-04-07 08:49

The ANC could not confirm a report that its Youth League president,

Julius Malema, had been ordered to stop singing the lyrics “Shoot the Boer”, but

urged reporters to attend its press briefing this morning.

“All I know is that the officials of the ANC agreed that they must

meet the Youth League president, but I am not aware that the meeting has taken

place,” said spokesman Ishmael Mnisi.

Malema’s spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, was not immediately available

for comment, but News24 reported that Malema, President Jacob Zuma and ANC

secretary-general Gwede Mantashe had met at Zuma’s official residence in

Pretoria.

“I’ve just come from Mahlamba-Ndlopfu (Zuma’s official residence in

Pretoria), where I told Malema to refrain from making inflammatory statements.

He is also not allowed to sing the song (“Ayesab’ amagwala”) in its entirety,”

Mantashe was quoted as saying on News24.

“There will be very clear outcomes regarding Malema after our

conversation with him. People will be able to see the result. The ANC and the

Youth League will restrain him.”

He said if singing the words “Shoot the Boer” was polarising

society, the ANC would put a stop to it.

“I’m no protector of Malema, but the

irritation he causes and the problem ... needs to be isolated and solved,”

Mantashe said.

Malema’s singing of the lyrics came to a head when AWB leader

Eugene Terre’Blanche was murdered on his North West farm on Saturday.

Malema had vowed to continue singing the song in spite of two court

interdicts, and complaints to the Equality Court and the SA Human Rights

Commission.


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