EFF: AfriForum defending racists

2014-10-23 16:05
Julius Malema (File, AFP)

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Watch Malema’s alleged restaurant assault

2014-10-23 12:19

Civil-rights organisation AfriForum released CCTV footage of the incident which, according to them, happened on August 6 at 2.45am at a fast-food outlet in Tzaneen. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters have lambasted civil rights group AfriForum for defending “racists”.

The party today argued that their commander-in-chief Julius Malema was in fact protecting workers of a restaurant in Tzaneen, Limpopo, from “racist” attacks by the AfriForum member who was involved in the altercation with Malema.

In a statement released earlier today, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that Malema and a group of EFF members were involved in an altercation with Cassie Moller on 6 August.

But Ndlozi vehemently denied that Malema assaulted Moller and instead accused Moller of hurling racist insults at restaurant staff which prompted Malema to defend them.

Ndlozi was responding to AfriForum’s release of the CCTV footage which showed the altercation between Moller and Malema.

He said Malema had stopped for refreshments at the Tzaneen filling station when he saw “a drunk white man aggressively moving out of his car rushing into the Steers shop”.

Racial slurs

Ndlozi said Moller hurled racist insults using the word “kaffir”.

“At this point CIC (Malema) followed the man and witnessed him shouting fuck and kaffir words at black female workers. He then approached him and told him to stop what he was doing and step aside to allow workers to do their job.

“The CIC strongly indicated to him that he must be mindful that workers are overworked and underpaid and that he must immediately desist from insulting workers.

“After the CIC together with other customers successfully removed him physically from the position of shouting and insulting workers he left the shop, he shortly returned to get his order from his lady friend.

“The man was then seen aggressively spinning the car off where he even almost crashed into petrol tanks risking the lives of everyone,” said Ndlozi.

He also questioned why Steers restaurant was “collaborating” with “racists of AfriForum” to defend a racist man, adding that the party was proud of Malema for defending black employees.

“The EFF is proud of the CIC in that he has truly defended black workers who daily face abuse from both their employers as well as arrogant, racist and bullying white customers. It is the duty of all fighters to confront racism each time it rears its ugly head.

“It is also the duty of EFF members everywhere to defend the dignity of black vulnerable workers without any apology or hesitation as the policies of EFF state,” said Ndlozi.

AfriForum being selective - Ndlozi

He accused AfriForum of being “selective” in their interpretation of events which have resulted in Moller laying charges of crimen injuria, intimidation and assault against Malema at the Tzaneen Police Station on Thursday.

“The CIC will never apologise and the EFF stand firmly with him. Black dignity has long been degraded by centuries of slavery and colonisation. The EFF and all its members have a duty to make sure to confront it each time they see a sign of it, or each time they hear a sigh of racism,” said Ndlozi.

He labelled the laying of charges and the release of the so-called “assault” video as “an attempt to protect racism and the racists”.

“It is a case of the white racist arrogance of one individual now taking the form of a collective response. AfriForum is basically acting as a lynch mob like the KKK (Klu Klux Klan) who used to collectively respond each time when one white racist had been put in their place by blacks.

“AfriForum can be sure that EFF will never allow any racist offensive on black folks. Not under our watch and not in our lifetime,” said Ndlozi.

‘Get out!’

In a written affidavit, Moller said he felt intimidated by Malema and accused him of being “hostile”.

“When I turned around there was a person standing very close to me and who asked me in a very hostile way: ‘Who do you think you are?’. He repeatedly asked the question and in between the questions he called me “boer”. At that point I recognised the person as Julius Malema.

“He also started telling us (Moller and his wife): ‘Get Out! Get Out’ and he called me a “boer” again,” reads Moller’s affidavit.

He said when he tried to explain to Malema that he was “not here to fight anyone” but Malema’s group began surrounding him and his wife.

“Julius Malema became more aggressive and started shouting. He started pushing me against my will and he tried physically to remove me from the restaurant.

“I continued to explain that I did not want to fight but Julius Malema’s aggressiveness just increased.

“He started shouting louder and swore at me in the words: ‘Fuck you, you boer! Fuck you’. During the shouting, I also heard him telling me: ‘I will fuck you up’.

Afriforum deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said they were helping Moller in his case because Malema was a “bully”.

“The video footage clearly shows how Malema pushes the victim at least three times, how he waves his finger in the victim’s face and how Malema yells at him.

“Although the CCTV cameras did not capture audio, the victim submitted an affidavit at the police station confirming under oath the verbal assault which took place.

“Malema cursed the victim and called him a “boer”. The incident sketches a clear image of Malema as a bully who regards himself above the law and his fellow citizens. We cannot allow public representatives to act like criminals without facing the consequences,” said Roets.

- City Press

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