Is Julius Malema’s populist anti-white statements leading to increased racial tension?

Is Julius Malema’s populist anti-white statements leading to increased racial tension?

- Racial tension in South Africa is at its highest level since 1994

- Political experts and analysts say blatantly racist sentiments by populist leaders such as Julius Malema is contributing to this worrying statistic.

- Experts warn that South African leaders should take responsibility for their statements

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2018 has been a rocky year for South Africa, while most people expected the year to be filled with hope and promise on the back of Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to power, recent events have conspired to cast a dark shadow over the country.

Parliament’s adoption of the land expropriation without compensation policy coupled with a rise in VAT have conspired to blunt the promise of a new dawn.

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Racial tensions in the country are also at their highest point since 1994. This according to political analysts and experts is (at least in part) due to blatantly racist remarks by populist leaders. gathered that comments such as cutting the throat of whiteness made by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is contributing to the worrying rise in racial tensions.

This rise, according to experts could quickly lead to anarchy in the country and will at the very least lead to an increase of racially motivated scenes such as the one below.

Experts warn that the country could collapse if such incidents become commonplace and have urged political leaders to think before making inflammatory statements.

The warning is this: Don’t light a fire and then run away from it.

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