Minority group to decide on Malema charges

2011-11-15 14:21
Johannesburg - The SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) will decide whether to drop charges against Julius Malema after meeting with him on Tuesday.

Samrem laid charges of crimen injuria against Malema on November 4 at the Mountain Rise police station in Pietermaritzburg after he referred to Indians as "makula" (coolies) during a speech in Gauteng.

Samrem was to meet with Malema in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday evening, said Samrem advocate Ashin Singh.

"What counts in his favour is that he asked if we can meet and discuss the matter. We were impressed that he took that stance," said Singh.

Samrem had a few thousand members and although Malema had already apologised publicly for his comment, it would be up to the members whether the charges should be dropped.

The discussion would go beyond the comment Malema made.

Samrem also wanted to discuss the continued antagonistic behaviour towards minorities, said Singh.

Last month, opposition parties were outraged when Malema used the word "makula", which was translated to mean "coolies".

Malema said he had meant no offence. He also said he would not use the word again to refer to South Africans of Indian origin.

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