Squeezing balls old apartheid torture tactic says Cope

2017-02-12 22:11
The initial tweet which was later deleted by the government. (Screengrab)

The initial tweet which was later deleted by the government. (Screengrab)

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Cape Town - Grabbing political opponents by their testicles is an old apartheid torture tactic that left many freedom fighters unable to have children, says Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem.

''The claim by the leader of the EFF Julius Malema that members of the Parliamentary security services had squeezed his balls when they were forcefully removed from the House, cannot be taken lightly,'' said Bloem in a statement.

''This immoral and vicious method is to emasculate Malema or any other person not to be effective in his marriage and not to have children,'' he said.

''Many freedom fighters are affected by this form of torture, many of them are sitting without children of their own, their private parts were permanently damaged because of torture.''

Malema tweeted a picture of himself on Friday with a pained expression on his face, and a parliamentary security official behind him.

He said the official was squeezing his testicles at the time.

The Government Communications and Information Services had to apologise when the picture was retweeted with the quote ''Hahahaha''.

READ: Govt mocks Malema's 'ball squeeze', then apologises

Said Bloem: ''It is very sad that the ANC government has adopted all the dirty tactics of the Apartheid government.''

At the same sitting, Cope MP Willie Madisha was also forced to leave the National Assembly when he tried to raise a point of order. The microphones were switched off while he tried to make his point.

Read more on:    cope  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  sona 2017

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