The 'revolution' is on trial - Malema

2011-04-12 22:37

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Tuesday it was not him on trial for hate speech, but the "revolution".

"It is not me who is on trial. The revolution is on trial," Malema said through a megaphone to hundreds of supporters pressed against the locked gates of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Speaking from the safety of the court steps and surrounded by bodyguards with assault rifles, he said: "They have taken the method we used to defeat them, and again we will defeat them."

His comment was preceded by the large group singing the song "awudubhule ibhunu", which translates as "shoot the boer".

Civil rights group AfriForum is contesting the singing of the lyrics, in an Equality Court case where they hope the words will be declared hate speech.

Malema has refused to apologise or withdraw the comments, despite a meeting with AfriForum. Its deputy president Ernst Roets spent Tuesday explaining to the court that they believe the lyrics cause hostility in South Africa.

Malema said he would continue to defend its history and legacy.

ANC Women's League veteran and MP Winnie Madikizela Mandela said Malema was correct.

"It isn't Julius who is on trial, as he says. It is the ANC which is on trial," she said outside the court.

She thanked the supporters for coming. Their bodyguards then pushed an opening through the crowd which mobbed their vehicles. Police and the bodyguards shoved photographers and the public away amid chants of "Juju Juju", Malema's nickname.

With bodyguards standing on the running boards, the cars inched through the crowd on Pritchard Street as people with cellphones waved them over everyone's heads to try and snap a picture.

Beautiful songs

Music expert Anne-Marie Gray earlier testified that according to her research, the earliest struggle songs sounded like Christian hymns and were sung by a group called Ohlange, organised by John Dube for the SA Native National Congress between 1912 to 1915.

They got permission to travel as a choir and used the songs to inform people of issues they had with land laws. White authorities were oblivious to their meaning, and so permission was granted for the tours.

They felt they weren't achieving much with the songs, so Ruben Koleza introduced a genre called "iragtime" based on the songs of slave minstrels.

In the 1950s, still frustrated with little progress, they adopted the more militant call-and-repeat style of isiZulu songs. Anyone's names or any words could be used in this style.

"Some of them are supposed to be militant, but they are beautiful songs," she said.

Gray said after 1980 the toyi-toyi and chanting became more prevalent and she found evidence it scared white people. Words like Senzeni na (what have we done) were extracted from older songs and used in isolation "with pride" and to remind people of the original song.

She said such styles and toyi-toyis could be seen at weddings, and some white people would run away.

"To most white people the chant and the toyi-toyi is quite frightening... That is where discourse is important."

Earlier Roets was asked if he thought dialogue would resolve the problem, but he said it had already not worked. His underlying concern was the murders of farmers - a literal meaning of boer.

Gray's testimony continues on Wednesday.

- SAPA
Read more on:    afriforum  |  ancyl  |  julius malema  |  hate speech  |  malema equality case
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
539 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

“To infinity and beyond”….. As the Sun and the Moon move into Sagittarius you are able to let go of the emotional intensity of the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.