State responsible for xenophobic violence - Malema

2015-04-16 16:51
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Parliament - EFF leader and MP Julius Malema says the state is responsible for the violence meted out to foreigners.

"The state, being the elder for the whole of society, becomes responsible for all the violence meted against our foreign nationals," he said in Parliament on Thursday after being given the podium for a few minutes.

"It was through the State that our people were told that resolution to differences should be through violence. It was under your leadership that when you disagreed with people at Marikana, you killed them because you never believed in peaceful resolution of differences."

He said that when the EFF had disagreed with the ruling party in Parliament last year, it had also applied violence.

He took President Jacob Zuma's son Edward to task for his recent comments about foreigners.

"Your own son continues to say these people must be killed. You stand up here and say nothing," Malema said.

"Your son is such a typical example of a family member you cannot whip into line."

He also criticised the president for not asking King Goodwill Zwelethini to clarify his remarks about foreigners, after it was apparently misinterpreted by the media.

Malema said the Cubans had taught him that body language spoke volumes, and it was clear that Zuma's body language while condemning xenophobia on Thursday also spoke volumes.

Malema was told he was going over his time, but continued to speak.

He ended by saying: "Let us not kill foreigners. Africa we are one".

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