For goodness sake, can anybody please stop this guy?
After partaking in interview where he casually talked about killing white people, Julius Malema went on a verbal rampage, this time targeting Indians and Coloureds.
The EFF leader was speaking at a Youth Day event at Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp in the North West on Saturday.
That’s when he made the bold statement that not all South Africans of colour suffered the same during the apartheid regime, eNCA reports:
We were not all oppressed the same. Indians had all sorts of resources Africans didn’t have, Coloureds as well. The majority of Indians are racist. I’m not saying all, I’m saying majority.
Did he stop there? Hell no.
Malema – who’s no stranger to throwing around racist comments about Indians – also attacked senior Indian journalists, who came to National Treasury’s Ismail Momoniat defence after party chief whip Floyd Shivambu objected to the presence of a “non-African” deputy director-general at a committee meeting, earlier in June:
They deliberately distort what we say. I’m telling all those Indian journalists that organised a mob against us – we are not scared. You will fail. We are not made by the media – we are made by the masses of our people.
Calm down, Juju, don’t get your beret in a twist. From 1:30 below, he goes off on Indians:
Needless to say, not everyone is impressed with Malema’s latest diatribe.
Michael Morris, head of media at the Institute of Race Relations, has rubbished the EFF leader’s claims, according to The Huffington Post SA:
Malema is among South African politicians who, contrary to the interests of the people they are meant to serve, are far too willing to sow division and resentment through statements that seem intended to create hostility. It is also deeply insulting either to underrate the contribution to the fight against apartheid by the Indian community, or to suggest that Indians did not suffer under apartheid.
It is also nonsense to suggest that people of Indian descent, or any other racially defined group, collectively hold antagonistic or racist attitudes towards others. We believe Malema is often let off too lightly for using race to stir up antagonism, especially at a time when South Africa’s challenges call for constructive leadership.
Makes sense. Juju tends to spout racist tripe and tries to justify it as his way of stirring up revolution.
Ferial Haffajee, the editor-at-large of The Huffington Post SA, penned an article here containing her thoughts on the matter, especially how Malema attacked her after she came to Momoniat’s defence:
Yes, I tweeted in Momoniat’s defence and my opinions resonated with lots of people. Not because he is Indian, but because he has a long and gracious history of service both in the anti-apartheid movement and in the National Treasury where he formed part of the revolutionary guard that pushed back when state capture was at its worst.
But facts don’t matter as they didn’t when Malema told a rally earlier this year that I earn two salaries as part of his campaign against alleged racism at the Sunday Times. I don’t even earn a single salary any longer, but Malema neither checked nor apologised.
His power is increasingly unchecked and so I guess I retreat into silence. Perhaps out of fear. Perhaps out of shame …
The way that dominant politics is emerging is that “ethnic minorities” are meant to know their place; to not have a national voice; to be quiet and docile in the face of a majority and to retreat into their enclaves and remit both their emotions and politics to their home countries.
That’s truly frightening, and the sad thing it’s becoming a reality.
The way Malema is allowed to carry on like a loose cannon is pretty grim stuff.
To read Haffajee’s full article, click here.
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