City rights group charges Malema with racist slur

2011-11-07 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG minority rights group has laid a charge of crimen injuria against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) laid the charge at the Mountain Rise police station on Friday in response to Malema’s calling Indians amakula, which is translated as “c**lies”.

“The docket is to be forwarded to Lenasia, Gauteng, for further investigation,” Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said on Saturday.

Malema used the term in a recent speech in Gauteng.

Samrem convener advocate Ashin Singh said the charge was motivated not only by Malema’s use of the term but by other recent instances of racism directed against Indians.

These included the incident at a sitting of the Judicial Services Commission in which Judge Isaac Madondo hinted that appointing his rival for the post of KZN chief justice, Judge Chiman Patel, would not satisfy the cause of transformation, as Indians had not been as oppressed as Africans.”

The JSC reccommended Patel for the position.

Singh told The Witness yesterday that the country cannot go on having people hating each other and that such racial utterances are motivated by corruption.

“Tenderpreneurs no longer strive for the better of the poor as the gap between the rich and poor widens. Poverty knows no colour.

“We are not looking for a fight, but to engage Mr Malema on this issue.”

Singh said Samrem has made its engagement intention clear with the youth league and that it is still awaiting a response from Malema.

The league’s general secretary, Sindiso Magaqa, said he could only comment once he is informed about the case.

“I can’t comment on something we don’t know about. Talk to [ANCYL spokesperson] Floyd [Shivambu], I’ll tell him to open his phone so that you can access him,” said Magaqa.

However, Shivambu’s phone remained on voicemail.

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