Malema on a Racist Tirade

Kingdom Mabuza, Sowetan, March 10, 2010

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema went on a racist tirade yesterday, calling for white people to be shot and accused them of being rapists.

Malema led students at the University of Johannesburg in a song saying: “Shoot the boere, they are rapists.”

He also reminded his audience that while they should forgive whites for apartheid, they should not forget.

“Mandela taught us to forgive them but we must not forget,” he said.

Human Rights Commission spokesperson Vincent Moaga said those who felt aggrieved by the song could approach the commission.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu declined to comment.

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{snip} Tuesday, South African media reported he [African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema] led University of Johannesburg students in the song, “Shoot the boere, they are rapists.” Boere is farmers in Afrikaans, the language of white South African descendants of early Dutch settlers.

{snip} Ishmael Mnisi, an ANC spokesman, told The Associated Press Wednesday the song challenges those who do not want to see change in a society still divided by race.

Mnisi says it is not “a call to kill people.”

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