- Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg Reverend Steve Moreo has slammed Julius Malema’s recent remarks about Indians being racist as hate speech
- The church leader also criticised Floyd Shivambu for his attack on the treasury’s deputy director general Ismail Momoniat
- Moreo called on Malema and other elected leaders to embrace the spirit of ubuntu
Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg Reverend Steve Moreo has slammed recent racist remarks and seemingly racially motivated behaviour by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and deputy leader Floyd Shivambu as hate speech.
Bishop Moreo was referring to Malema’s Youth Day speech in which he said the majority of Indians are racist and to Shivambu’s attack on the treasury’s deputy director general Ismail Momoniat.
Bishop Moreo said Malema, Shivambu and their colleagues do not understand the spirit of ubuntu and needed to embrace the concept of ubuntu and humanity which was ushered in after the elections in 1994.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Moreo has called on all elected leaders to engage with each other and hold open, frank and disciplined talks with their opponents and to try and find ways to bridge the ideological differences between them.
EWN.co.za reported that Moreo urged people of faith, regardless of their religion or denomination, to lead the country in efforts to show love and respect for their fellow South Africans.
Malema’s comment has drawn criticism from all corners of South African society, former Constitutional Court justice Zak Yacoob called Malema a racist.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint against Malema and Shivambu with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Shivambu has taken some heat for saying Momoniat’s mere presence at Parliament’s standing committee for finance undermined African leadership. Shivambu went on to say that Momoniat did not take Africans seriously and looked down on them.
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