JOHANNESBURG – Controversial Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has been strongly criticised after telling a crowd on Monday that “We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now".
Malema told supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrate's Court that his party's main objective is to defeat white monopoly capital.
As usual, his comments got tongues wagging all over social media, with the Democratic Alliance quickly condemning them and saying saying violent and threatening language has no place in our constitutional democracy.
AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said he did not think Malema cared much about the impact his words have or land reform.
“I think the only thing Malema cares about is his political career.
“We are going to study what Malema said to see if we can pursue legal action against him.”
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa told eNCA Online that the comments were not something the ANC would comment on at this time. "He (Malema) was addressing his own party supporters."
Malema said to his supporters: “I want to go to prison for the land because that’s what Sobukwe was willing to do. He was prepared to die for the land. Mandela was prepared to die for the land. Chris Hani was prepared to die for the land. Steve Biko wanted a return of the land to the rightful owners. And who are the owners? The black people, our people.”
“Black people, you are subjects of white people, even under ANC and democracy. You are servants of white people. No white man will be served by me,' he said..
“I am here to disturb a white man’s peace, the white man has been too comfortable for too long ... we have never known peace.”
“They have been living peacefully swimming in a pool of privilege because they always owned our land. Our peace was disturbed by white man’s arrival here. They committed a black genocide," Malema said.
He had appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday on two charges relating to the contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.
Is the dreaded Malema trying 2 start a civil war with his shocking anti white tirade? He is terrible danger 2 SAs future! Sick hate speech!— missymitchqi (@missymitchqi) November 8, 2016
@Julius_S_Malema you are losing it now...why would you even mention slaughter? Rethink and apologise— Thabiso Rulashe (@RulasheT) November 8, 2016
#Malema isn't calling for white people to be slaughtered YET. that means he might NEVER will. so relax— Nkosana (@Comrade_Nkosana) November 8, 2016
White people whenever Malema brings the issue of land pic.twitter.com/ysmdNST4R9— Sam (@SpokenSam) November 8, 2016
"All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose"— Matwali johannes (@manyovu9) November 8, 2016
Quote from freedom charter of 1955
CIC Malema is right