Malema supporters gather outside court

2011-04-13 12:43

 Thousands of supporters rallied outside the Joburg High Court today, hoping to hear from ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema, who is facing a hate speech charge in the court.

Supporters, some carrying placards reading “leave our dubula song alone”, sang, danced and chanted behind a barrier set up by police outside the court gates.

Floyd Shivambu, the ANCYL spokesperson, addressed supporters over a loud speaker at lunch.

“Viva ANC viva, viva political songs viva, hands off our political songs viva, hands off Julius Malema viva. That person [music expert Dr Anne-Marie Gray] totally agrees with us, that struggle songs are part of our history; this expert gave expert knowledge that struggle songs do not intimidate anyone. She agrees that these songs are part of our history,” Shivambu said.

Gray earlier told the court “shoot the boer” was not a song, but a chant.

A song did not contain repetition or gestures which made people feel uncomfortable. A chant also created a “trance like” scene, which “sweeps you off your feet”. “It makes you want to almost do something.”

She had never before heard the “song” sung in this manner, and it was only in recent years that she had heard it sung by Malema.

Mmusi Sisukhane, representing Malema, cross-examined Gray and told the court the fact that the song came from other sources did not mean it did not exist.

He sang Dubula (i)bhunu (skiet die boer) to the court.

He said ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane would testify at a later stage.

The case continues.

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