Settlement mooted in Malema case
Johannesburg - The possibility of a settlement in the hate speech trial against Julius Malema was raised during his cross-examination in the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday.
"If the spirit is the same here, certain things... will die a natural death because we appreciate one another. And it doesn't need a court order," said the ANC Youth League president.
Afrikaner interest group AfriForum and farmer representatives TAU-SA have taken Malema to the Equality Court over his singing of the lyrics "idhubhula ibhuna", which translate from isiZulu to "shoot the boer".
Malema, however, has said he did not recognise the translation from isiZulu as "shoot the boer".
He said that the two parties had moved closer.
"We are coming very close to each other."
Shell House massacre
Malema was led through questioning on whether he was open to dialogue to solve the matter, which has also sparked a national debate.
He said he had already told AfriForum youth leader Ernst Roets that he was open to dialogue.
But, he did not agree with their decision to take it to court or to stage a march outside Luthuli House. He denied Roets's testimony that his group was threatened with a repeat of the Shell House massacre if they went ahead with the march.
"They came to Shell House, there was no shooting," he said of a two hour meeting between the two. He corrected himself to say Luthuli House as the headquarters of the ANC.
Shell House in Johannesburg was their previous base and 19 people died after ANC security guards opened fire on IFP marchers shortly before the country's first democratic elections.
After the tea break lawyers for AfriForum and TAU-SA said they would be happy to engage in dialogue but they would not abandon the court case. It would be a parallel process, they said.