Complaint laid against Mbete for cockroach comment

The South African Human Rights Commission has received a complaint about National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete calling Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema a cockroach.

“I can confirm that the commission has received a complaint regarding alleged utterances by Speaker Baleka Mbete, in which she is alleged to have referred to ... Malema as ‘cockroach’,” spokesperson Isaac Mangena said.

During yesterday’s debate on President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address, EFF member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Mbete should withdraw the remark.

Ndlozi was referring to reports that Mbete, addressing an African National Congress North West congress at the weekend, spoke of “cockroaches like Malema”.

“If we don’t work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place,” the Mail & Guardian online quoted her as saying.

Mangena said the complaint, laid by a member of the public, was one of hate speech and incitement to violence.

“The commission is assessing the complaint with the view to investigate.”

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