What makes JuJu Tick?

By Drum Digital
19 April 2011

EACH day a small crowd of supporters gathers outside the 100-year-old High Court building in central Joburg. They sing, dance and burn imphepho for Julius Malema, who is embroiled in a court case that will, for the first time, determine what constitutes a hate speech song.

The case has captured public attention in a way rarely seen, keeping South Africans glued to their televisions as it is broadcast live. The racial tension has soared, perhaps more so than since the dawn of our democracy. Whenever representatives of AfriForum emerge from the court, the crowd lifts placards that read "We support Malema 100 per cent" and show pictures of white boys riding on the backs of black children.While some say the legal battle has set the country's reconciliation drive back 15 years, few can deny that the nation is holding its breath in anticipation of the day when Julius takes the witness stand – especially his supporters outside court 8A, who hold their thumbs to the sky and forefingers straight forwards and sing UHelen Zille yiMonkey uTerblanche yiDonkey or Dubul' iBhunu.

Read the article in the Drum of 28 April 2011 – and share your views below.

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