Malema slams 'barbaric' burning of schools

2016-05-15 15:55
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - EFF leader Julius Malema has condemned the burning of schools, clinics and community halls as barbaric, warning that such behaviour was grounds for instant expulsion from the party.

Addressing a community meeting in Gugulethu, Cape Town on Sunday, Malema said those who burned down buildings including schools were misdirecting their anger.

"Never, ever burn down schools, clinics and community halls. Take ownership of them. If you have a problem with the councillor, go to them and fight with them. 

"You know where the ANC offices are, where the DA is, where the EFF is situated, fight with them. Leave property alone," he said.

He called on the hundreds of supporters gathered to take ownership of these properties, and stand in front of them when others wanted to burn them down.

"You are burning money that you don't have. These are your taxes. These buildings don't belong to Zuma. He will go. They don't belong to the ANC councillor. He will go and the buildings will remain," Malema said to cheers.

He called on all EFF supporters to stand and fight for the buildings.

"Tell them, 'don’t burn my school'," he said.

Malema said he did not, however, have a problem with the barricading of roads during protests, as that was how people could get the attention of leaders.

He reminded them that they were fighting to get elected, and they would then have to rebuild those burnt down buildings.

He said burning down schools and clinics was grounds for immediate expulsion from the EFF. 

Malema spoke for two hours, turning on the charm and asking for votes as well as rapping the youth over the knuckles for the "failures of the current government"."

"You have brought this on yourself," he told them, referring to the Zuma administration.

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  cape town  |  politics  |  education  |  crime  |  protests

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