- EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to continue his and his party’s fight against white privilege
- Malema said white people hated anyone who spoke out against the issue and noted the backlash Mmusi Maimane faced from within the DA
- The EFF leader said white privilege and whiteness created unnecessary fear in South Africa
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed to continue his and the EFF’s fight against white privilege and whiteness. Malema said white people hated anyone who spoke out against the issue and pointed to the backlash faced by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane.
Malema said white people have turned on Maimane after his Freedom Day speech in which he spoke about the need for South Africans to acknowledge white privilege and black poverty.
"We will not be discouraged from fighting against whiteness and white privilege because they create unnecessary fear in South Africa", said Malema.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema feels white privilege and what he called whiteness created unnecessary fear in South Africa. Malema said there still appeared to be different rules for different racial groups in the country.
Malema said: "I have never carried a gun to any march. Fifty thousand people marched from Johannesburg to Sandton without committing any crime, without shooting a white person, without beating a white person, without blocking roads, marching through roads dictated to them by the police peacefully.”
Malema added those people are called fascists, yet when white people march through the streets openly carrying assault rifles, they are not called fascists.
Malema also noted the fact that few white people could speak any of South Africa’s indigenous languages as a sign that white people did not take black people seriously.
"Take amandla (power), something they say all the time, but they still can't say it properly… They have said that throughout their lives. That's how much they don't take us seriously," he remarked.
The EFF leader said this language barrier was part of the reason for the outrage caused by his cut the throat of whiteness comment. Malema said the comment should never have been taken literally and should be understood in a figurative context.
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