House music, poetry, sangoma for Malema
Johannesburg - House music by Professor and poetry by Mzwakhe Mbuli boomed in Pritchard Street, Johannesburg, on Thursday at ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's hate speech case in the South Gauteng High Court.
With traffic markedly thin ahead of the Easter exodus, a group of metro policemen chatted among themselves while waiting for Malema's fans to arrive.
The civil rights group AfriForum and farmer representatives Tau-SA have taken Malema to the Equality Court, sitting in the High Court, over his singing of the lyrics "idhubhula ibhuna", which translate from isiZulu to "shoot the boer".
They believe this threatens Afrikaners and farmers and creates hostility and polarisation in post-apartheid South Africa and want limits placed on where and when it is sung.
Malema and witnesses from the ANC hierarchy believe lyrics such as these formed an integral and galvanising part of their strategy to bring down the apartheid government.
As office workers and the homeless lingered in front of the giant screen feeding coverage from eNews, a familiar face began dancing in front of the court.
Ma Busisiwe Radebe, dressed in ANC branded fabric, rose to prominence during President Jacob Zuma's rape trial.
She was known to burn imphepho - a herbal mixture that evokes ancestral protection - until he was finally acquitted.
AfriForum and Tau-SA supporters are not usually known to gather in large crowds outside such events.