‘Bankrupt prostitute’

2018-06-18 17:51
EFF leader Julius Malema.

EFF leader Julius Malema. (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema has launched a renewed attack on Indians and coloureds during a Youth Day event in North West.

The firebrand politician said not all South Africans of colour suffered the same during apartheid.

“We were not all oppressed the same. Indians had all sorts of resources Africans didn’t have; coloureds as well. The majority of Indians hate Africans. Majority of Indians are racist and we must never be scared to say that. I’m not saying all, I’m saying majority,” Malema told the gathering.

Minority Front leader Shameem Rajbansi accused Malema of making “populist statements” to garner votes.

“He absolutely does not care about minority rights. He’s an irresponsible leader because he utters these wild statements that are totally unconstitutional,” said Rajbansi.

She added that Malema’s utterances were not backed by any proof.

“I hope that his statements are an eye opener that he doesn’t care about the Indian votes anymore. He is drunk with the power that he already has.”

Chairperson of Pietermaritzburg’s Active Citizens Movement, Roshan Jainath, described Malema as “ideologically bankrupt”.

“He doesn’t have a thorough understanding of the race relations in South Africa and what drives people to think whatever they think. He is a populist who always dictates whatever is happening in society to suit his political ideology.”

Jainath said Malema’s remarks on Indians have the possibility to incite racial hatred.

“What he is doing is very dangerous. He is not assisting to build social cohesion. He is actually destroying it.”

South African Minority Rights Equality Movement’s (Samrem) advocate Ashin Singh said Malema was a “political prostitute”.

“He has not made a concrete contribution to anything in South Africa and has not worked a single day in his pathetic life.”

Singh said Malema was asinine and made comments behind the microphone but was a “coward” who refused to debate with Samrem.

This is not the first time Malema has taken aim at Indians.

Speaking at the EFF’s fourth anniversary celebration in Durban last August, he lamented that everything strategic, like big tenders, was given to Indians, especially in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

The EFF subsequently refused to apologise for the comments, saying Indians must confront their own ills and “hatred” of African people.

Malema’s comments come just weeks after Nkuleko Mkhize wrote a post on Facebook also targeting Indians.

Part of the post read: “I think it is time to show Indians that they are not welcome here in KZN. A new day after Indians go back to India or we will kill them like that girl shot in Chatsworth.”

He was presumably referring to an incident during which nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj was killed. Two cases of crimen injuria were opened against Mkhize.

Last month, Edward Zuma was ordered by the Durban’s Equality Court to apologise to all South Africans for his “sell-out” hate speech remarks directed at ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom last year. Zuma was also ordered to pay damages of R60 000.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  julius malema

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

How your dog can tell what you’re feeling

Researchers have found a specific area in a dog’s brain that recognises human faces – a finding that may help to explain why dogs are so sensitive to human social cues.

 

Paws

Share your 67 minutes with animals in need this Mandela Day
Kevin Anderson’s dog is winning at Instagram!
Kim Kardashian-West buys fake testicles to boost her dog’s self-esteem
10 tips on exercising your dog
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.