‘Shoot the boer’ ruling: The people speak

2011-09-13 00:00

Abraham Swanepoel, Trafalgar on the South Coast: “Well, to be honest I’m very happy about the outcome of this case, Malema is bad news, end of story. There is nothing that came from him that was positive in any way. I just cannot see that he will do anything right or positive for our country and I’m amazed by the fact that he still has so many people supporting him. He will bring our country down in every way.”

Zama Mthuna, Margate: “My opinion is that Malema causes trouble and unhappiness. After apartheid we have been working towards change and he is just causing us to go backwards. That is not what we want. Maybe it is what he wants?”

Kwazi Cele, Port Shepstone: “Him being found guilty is just another nail in his coffin. All we want is peace to live together as one — not go back to the olden days, and he is taking us straight back there. How are we supposed to be one with people like him causing so much unhappiness between the people in our country? Or does he want us to be against each other? I wish that everybody who supports him will just open their eyes.”

Tshidi Mofokeng, Haniville: ‘Personally I do not see anything wrong with the song or what Malema has done. The song about shooting the boer has been sung for decades. It is a struggle song that commemorates what our leaders fought for, that is all.’

Tim Ganesh, NORTHDALE: ‘I think that the singing of shooting the boer is very offensive. Malema should not have made the song to begin with. People listen to Malema. What will happen if they decide to act on what the song says? In future Malema should think about the effects the statements he makes will have on the people.’

Michael Luvuno, Sobantu: ‘He has no respect for elders, neither does he know how to speak to people. Malema does not realise that he has a lot of influence, but he is using it negatively. I hope the court’s ruling will teach him a lesson so that he will be more careful about the things that come out of his mouth.’

Isaac Molefe, Sobantu: ‘I think they were right to find him guilty because he is dividing the country. Even the way he behaves does not show that he is a youth leader. He needs to realise that words can harm, and focus on uniting South Africa because that is what leaders do.’

Akashni Karaman, Raisethorpe: ‘Malema talks without thinking and he needs to grow up. We live in a free South Africa and he needs to realise that apartheid is over. He is being shaped to be a future leader and he needs to be more careful about the things he says to people.’

Adderly Maistry, Raisethorpe: ‘I have never really listened to the song about shooting the boer but I think Malema is a good guy. I just think that he is misunderstood and sometimes what he says is taken out of context. However, if the court thinks he has done something wrong then who am I to disagree with the law?’

What do ordinary people think of the ruling that Julius Malema’s singing of ‘Shoot the Boer’ constitutes hate speech?

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