Malema supporters sing in the rain

2011-04-14 14:19

Hundreds of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) supporters braved the rain while dancing and singing “awudubhule ibhunu” outside the Joburg High Court today.

They were backing ANCYL president Julius Malema, who is currently facing a hate speech case for singing the song.

Members gathered to listen to the league’s spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who offered feedback on the case.

The gatherers then began singing struggle song “awudubhule ibhunu” (shoot the boer), which civil rights group AfriForum has contested Malema from singing, and has argued that it constitutes hate speech.

Two supporters where seen squeezing water off the ANC flag, while another rolled on the ground in flowing water washing down the street.

Some of them also made a gun sign during singing and stomping their feet.

Earlier, during court proceedings, Judge Colin Lamont asked the public gallery to be quiet, just after laughter broke out.

“You are allowed to visit ... gallery please restrain yourself,” Lamont said.

Yesterday, Malema assured about a 1 000 supporters outside the court that he was going to win the case.

“We are going to win, because we are children of winners,” he said.

At the time, Malema was surrounded by bodyguards and had ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at his side.

“We are doing well, our lawyers are doing very well ... you are real friends, real comrades,” he said. Thanking Madikizela-Mandela, he referred to her as “his mother”.

He is also expected to address the crowd after court on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, the court heard that the concept of “kill the boer” threatened Afrikaners’ symbolic connection to South Africa.

Federasie Vir Afrikaanse Kutuurvereeniging (FAK) chairperson Professor Danie Goosen said: “Kill the boer is experienced as an utterance which places the ideals of Afrikaners in a difficult space.

“The prevalent feeling [among the Afrikaans community] is very negative... not a single Afrikaner supports it [the utterance] within the confines that I move.

“It is seen as a threat to their [Afrikaners’] symbolic connection to South Africa.

This ‘kill the boer’ concept creates a problem with the respect between the majority and minority,” he said.

Goosen told the court the FAK consisted of 27 organisations and was the largest body for Afrikaners, representing about 200 000 of them.

The utterances “shoot the boer” or “kill the boer” came from deep-seated insensitivity, he said.

He said the majority did not understand the problems of minority groups.

Malema wore a grey suit with a purple shirt for the case at the Joburg High Court, sitting as the Equality Court.

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