During a Youth Day speech at Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp in the North West, EFF leader Julius Malema alleged that Indians had it better during apartheid than black people.
He further went to on to accuse the majority of Indians of being racist. Malema went on to attack Indian journalists who came to Ismail Momoniat's defense after the EFF's Floyd Shivambu questioned Momoniat's presence as a "non-African" at a committee meeting in June.
Malema has a history of speaking out against Indians, in 2017 Malema spoke at the EFF's fourth anniversary in Durban. He lamented the fact that big tenders were being given to Indians, particularly in Durban and KZN.
“We are saying share with our [Black] people. We also want to say, here in KZN, stop ill-treating our people. They are ill-treating our people worse than the Boer Afrikaners treated our people. This is not anti-Indian, it’s the truth. They must treat our people properly,” he said at the time.
The EFF has remained defiant and have refused to apologise for the inflamatory statements and countered saying that it is the Indians who must confront their "hatred" for African people.
Julius Malema has also spoken out against white people and has come under fire for his statements.
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