Sasco: They must die like cockroaches

2012-11-05 13:19
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DA visit blocked in Nkandla

Police prevented DA leader Helen Zille and her entourage from approaching President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - The DA Youth on Monday laid a complaint against the SA Students' Congress (Sasco) leader 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," Democratic Alliance Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement on Monday.

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 on Sunday, but was stopped by several hundred African National Congress 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 1 000 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 R200m and funded with taxpayers' money, was in progress.

Read more on:    da youth  |  sasco  |  helen zille  |  makashule gana  |  jacob zuma  |  pietermaritzburg  |  nkandla upgrade
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