ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s mimicking of a machine gun while singing song “awudubhule ibhunu” or “shoot the boer”, only bears reference to the arms struggle, the Equality Court heard today.
Testifying in support of Malema’s defence, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom said the song “was not a call to violence, but was a reference to a period or a system where people took up arms”.
Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA (TAU SA) counsel Roelof du Plessis told the court that Malema had been seen making the sign of a gun with his hand, which he showed the court.
He said Malema also mimicked the sound of a machine gun by saying “brrr pah” repeatedly.
Du Plessis told Hanekom earlier during a heated cross-examination, that he was “an extremely evasive witness. You answer questions like a politician”.
Malema is being tried on a charge brought by Afrikaner interest group group AfriForum, which contends that his singing of a struggle song containing the lyrics “awudubhule ibhunu” or “shoot the boer” constitutes hate speech.
Hanekom, who is also a member of the ANC national executive committee, suggested a national dialogue on the matter.
He told the court the song bore no reference to an ethnic group, but referred to a system of racial oppression.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and minister in the presidency responsible for performance monitoring Collins Chabane were in court, and were expected to testify in Malema’s defence.
Malema is expected to take the stand sometime this week in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, which is sitting as the Equality Court.
ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also at court. She has been at Malema’s side since the start of the case, which has been set down for 10 days.
Renowned South African poet Wally Serote was expected to take the stand next.