- Julius Malema, Economic Freedom Fighter leader, celebrated Human Rights Day with a commemorative speech in Sharpeville.
- From renaming the holiday to reminding his supporters of their true potential strength, the speech covered a wide array of topics
- Briefly.co.za has collected six explosive quotes from the presidential hopeful's address yesterday
Human Rights Day saw Julius Malema delivering a commemorative speech in Sharpeville, Vereeniging yesterday.
According to TimesLIVE, the Economic Freedom Fighter leader addressed a sea of supporters in red and spoke of the history of black people in the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered six bombshell quotes from the presidential hopeful's speech:
1. Malema lamented the fact that remnants of the apartheid regime were still evident in South Africa:
“Every person who killed and presided over the genocide of black people is celebrated. There are streets named after them, they have statues.”
2. During the address, the EFF leader called for the public holiday to be renamed Sharpeville Day in honour of the fight for the equality of black people:
“Today is not a human rights day, today is Sharpeville Day. Today is the day we are fighting for the rights of black people. We must not make any apology about that. This nonsense of non-racialism in defence of white privilege, we are not part of that nonsense.”
3. Malema was adamant that changing the name of the holiday would be a show of respect for black people, putting them first:
“Today is the day for the rights of black people, that is what we’re fighting for. What human rights? They always had rights. We never had rights. We are here to fight for the rights of black people and therefore, Sharpeville Day means the rights of black people. We must call it by its rightful name. It’s a Sharpeville Day.”
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4. The EFF leader clarified that the issue was not with white people, just with changing history to suite them:
“We have nothing against white people; we have a problem with changing history to suit white people. White people think they are good people, when they are not. They killed our people here on Sharpeville Day, they must be reminded forever.”
5. Malema remembered the PAC today, reminding followers of those who led the movement on the day so many years ago:
“Today is the day of PAC. Let us not rewrite history and say other things. Today is the day of PAC. Today is the day that was led by PAC.”
6. The EFF leader encouraged supporters to draw strength from their ancestors, who had so bravely defended their beliefs on the day:
“You are not children of cowards. You are children of men and women who confronted a well-armed murderous regime with stones. Only the brave can do that. Today we are here, because our parents are brave.”
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