Juju’s Indian mission

2011-11-15 00:00

JULIUS Malema is bringing his charm offensive to Pietermaritzburg today.

The beleaguered ANC Youth League leader is to hold a meeting with the local SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) to discuss his recent reference to Indians as amakula (c**lies).

The move follows his declaration television on Sunday evening that he “loves whites”.

Samrem laid a crimen injuria charge against Malema in Mountain Rise after his use of the derogatory term during a speech in Gauteng.

Samrem convenor advocate Ashin Singh told The Witness that Malema phoned him last week to request a meeting to “discuss” the matter.

ANC Youth League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy confirmed last night that Malema will come to the city tomorrow to meet Samrem representatives.

Singh said the meeting is confirmed. The time and venue are not known.

He said he is hopeful the meeting will address the developing racial tensions sparked by Malema’s derogatory remarks.

Asked whether an apology would be accepted, Singh said: “I cannot pre-empt the meeting, but it will depend on what he will say in his apology.”

He said the best outcome would be if Malema apologises and both parties agree on terms to drop the charges.

“There should be equality among all races and no room for racial discrimination against the minority races. It is not by our choice that we belong to the minority race group and we don’t have to be discriminated against for that, but we must live side by side as we are all South Africans,” Singh said.

Independent political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said Malema’s recent reconciliatory attitude does not necessarily mean he is remorseful. He could be trying to change perceptions that he does not possess leadership qualities.

“In his short political career Malema has alienated a lot of people, especially racial groups like Indians, Afrikaners and others. At the moment he is in a vulnerable [place] and he probably needs support from diverse groups; hence his change of attitude,” Ndlovu said.

skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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