Huffington Post, June 18, 2018
EFF leader Julius Malema has once again angered the Indian community by saying that the majority of Indians are racist.
According to eNCA, Malema was addressing a Youth Day event at Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp in the North West when he said: “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 [a] majority.”
He also defended EFF chief whip in Parliament, Floyd Shivambu, for his attack on Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat. Shivambu sparked outrage when he accused the seasoned mathematician of undermining Africans at National Treasury and of being part of an Indian “cabal” in the apartheid years, which worked to undermine the Mass Democratic Movement.
Just under a year ago, in July 2017, Malema made similar comments by accusing Indians of exploiting African workers and monopolising the KwaZulu-Natal economy, according to IOL. Addressing EFF supporters at the party’s fourth anniversary special, he reportedly said: “They don’t pay our people. The Indians who own shops don’t pay our people. They give them food parcels. We want a minimum wage even in the Indian shops.
He accused the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal of being captured by “Indian families”.