- The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed it received a complaint about Julius Malema’s racist remarks from the DA
- The DA has lodged two complaints against Malema, one for his Youth Day speech and another for his language against Athol Trollip
- Malema sparked outrage and debate when he told a crowd on Youth Day that the majority of Indians are racists
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken exception with Julius Malema’s remarks about the majority of Indians being racists, so-much-so, that the DA has opened a complaint against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader and his deputy Floyd Shivambu with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
The DA complaint with the SAHRC relates to two alleged racist remarks made by Malema, the Indians are racist utterance and Malema’s language against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip, and Shivambu’s recent spat with the deputy director general of the Treasury Ismail Momoniat.
On Saturday, Malema told a crowd of supporters who had gathered for Youth Day celebration in Klerksdorp that the majority of Indians hated Africans. He said: “The majority of Indians are racist and we must never be scared to say that. They are racist. I’m not saying all Indians. I’m saying the majority of them.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the SAHRC spokesperson Gail Smith confirmed that the body had received a complaint from the DA regarding Malema and Shivambu. She said the SAHRC was legally bound to confirm receipt of complaints and would now investigate whether they had prima facie evidence.
The DA also took issue with the tone and meaning of language used by Malema when he promised to remove Trollip as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. The threats came after the DA voted against the adoption of the land expropriation without compensation policy in Parliament.
Thesouthafrica.com reported that in March Malema said the EFF would remove Trollip because he is white, he threatened to ‘cut the throat of whiteness’. Malema said the EFF would continue supporting the DA's mayors in Johannesburg and Tshwane because they were black.
The DA also took issue with the public spat between Shivambu and Momoniat.
Shivambu was angered by Momoniat’s presence at a recent finance committee meeting and wanted to know why director general of Treasury Dondo Mogajane did not attend the meetings. Shivambu said this situation undermined African representativeness.
Shivambu said: “I think he undermines Africans, he does not take the director-general‚ the finance minister or the deputy finance minister seriously. He thinks he is superior to them. He takes all the decisions and he is always here in Parliament as if he is National Treasury alone. He is supposed to focus on what he is assigned to.”
DA Youth leader Luyolo Mphithi said the DA strongly condemned the remarks made by Malema and Shivambu, he added that the remarks were prejudiced, divisive and had no place in South Africa’s democratic and modern society.
The SAHRC will have to decide whether or not the complaint and the issues raised by the DA fall within its own mandate and whether it could prosecute or take the matter further.
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