- EFF leader Julius Malema’s recent remarks about Indians being racists has sparked fear and panic among Indian communities
- Indian leaders said Malema’s statement had led to Indians worrying whether they would be thrown out of the country as had happened in Uganda
- Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota slammed Malema’s comments and said he should be thrown in jail until he repents and apologises to Indians
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s recent comments about Indians has sparked fear and panic among Indian communities. Indian community leaders in Durban said people in the community were worried that they would be thrown out of the country by the government.
One community leader, Zain Suliman, said people in Chatsworth, Durban were concerned that Malema’s remarks would lead to similar scenes as those in Uganda where the government ejected Indian residents from the country.
Suliman slammed Malema’s Youth Day remarks in which he said the majority of Indians hated Africans and were racist as reckless. He said this combined with Malema’s call for land expropriation without compensation had caused mass concern in his community.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Suliman and other Chatsworth residents attended a meeting hosted by COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota. Lekota tore into Malema and cautioned South Africans not to vote for the populist young leader.
Lekota said South Africa could not afford to have Malema and his cronies voted into positions of real power. He said Malema and his followers had dangerous and narrow-minded thoughts on how to run the country.
Lekota added that he believed Malema should be jailed until he repents and apologises to the Indian community.
IOL.co.za reported that leaders from across the political spectrum have called for Malema to be punished following his remarks on Youth Day.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willis Mchunu hit-out at a growing trend in South Africa of using social media to propagate racism. Mchunu said his cabinet was committed to promoting social cohesion and moral regeneration.
KwaZulu Natal MEC for Human Settlements and social cohesion advocate Ravi Pillay slammed Malema’s comments as reckless and said the EFF leader’s speech had undone painful gains which had been made in eradicating racial tensions in KwaZulu-Natal.
Other Indian leaders said Malema had taken a populist view on a sensitive subject and had selectively ignored the historical significance which the Indian community had played in liberating South Africa from the apartheid regime.
Ram Maharaj, president of the SA Hindu Dharma Sabha, lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding Malema. Briefly.co.za recently reported that the Democratic Alliance (DA) already lodged a complaint with the SAHRC against Malema and EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu.
Meanwhile, Lekota promised Chatsworth residents that he would use the Constitution to protect their homes and properties.
Residents had expressed fears that they could lose their land or homes if Malema’s version of land expropriation without compensation was passed into law.
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