Malema: Indians need to 'rework their mentality' about Africans

Malema: Indians need to 'rework their mentality' about Africans

Julius Malema has invited controversy onto his doorstep after making some questionable statements at a KZN rally yesterday. The Economic Freedom Fighter told Indians to change their mentality towards African people, claiming that they are "not closer to whiteness, they are black".

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Addressing supporters in Chatsworth, Durban this weekend, Julius Malema made some controversial statements.

The Economic Freedom Fighter told supporters - who had gathered in the thousands to rally behind him - that Indian people needed to 'rework their mentality' when it came to African people.

Specifically focusing on garden workers, Malema had claimed employees were paid next to nothing and subjected to humiliating treatment:

“They are paid nothing by the fellow South Africans who happen to be of Indian descent. Those people must know that for us to build unity among black people, the Indian community must rework their mentality that they are closer to whiteness. They are not closer to whiteness, they are black."

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The EFF leader explained that both Indians and Africans alike had been exploited by apartheid and that this would continue unless Indian people changed their ways:

"We are saying to them: Pay our people proper salaries. Don't pay them with food, don't pay them with groceries, don't pay them with old clothes, old klere – we don't [want] our people paid peanuts.”

According to TimesLIVE, Malema had claimed pets owned by the president and white people ate better off than some African children:

"Ramaphosa's dogs eat more and better food than those who receive child grants - white people's dogs eat better than black children. They eat biltong and have medical aid. We must never rest until African children eat better than the dogs of white people.”

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