I stand by my tweet - FF Plus's Corné Mulder

2016-02-23 14:07

Johannesburg – "I stand by my tweet... We need to crush the radical group that is destroying the fabric of our country," Freedom Front Plus parliamentary chief whip Corné Mulder told News24 on Tuesday.

Mulder was speaking after social media outrage over his tweet which called on his followers to unite and crush the "fascist" EFF. Mulder said he took to social media following violent and race related clashes between white and black student at the University of Pretoria. 

"EFF Fascists - Universities under siege from radicals and new fascists trying to impose their revolution on us. Unite and crush them," he tweeted.

The tweet has caused massive outrage on Twitter, with EFF leader Julius Malema tweeting: "MulderCorn we will crush all of you within no time if you want to come with that stinking attitude. Who said we are scared of you?"

But Mulder said it was only a small minority who were outraged by his Twitter rant.

"People call me and they say they agree with what I said. Maybe the outrage comes from those people who support this kind of radical approach... I understand the outrage from some, but I can assure you I have had support from just as many people on the other side of the spectrum who are sick and tired of radicals holding the country at ransom," Mulder said.

Explaining his tweet, Mulder said: "When you have a few characters to say what you want to say, it’s not that easy to spread your word. If you know me and know FF Plus, you know we don’t promote violence.

"It was never literally intended that people needed to be crushed. If you look at what happens at universities, there are a group of people that come with a radical approach and infringing on the rights of other students, not white, but all students. That kind of approach is an attack on the state and constitution."

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