Julius Malema recently took the Indian community in South Africa on, calling for them to "forget their whiteness" and to "rework" their attitudes towards African people. This has sparked division between social media users, with some agreeing with the EFF leader and others condemning him.
Julius Malema has managed to spark racial tension among the South African online community after his comments on Indian people.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the Economic Freedom Fighter leader addressed supporters at a manifesto rally in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend, telling the crowd that Indian people should "rework" their mentality towards Africans:
“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."
Malema had encouraged Indian people to stop paying their African employees in clothes and food donations, demanding proper payment for workers.
In response to these comments, South Africans took to social media to share their views. The 'race card' did what it was designed to do and created a rift between people based on racial bias.
People came to the defense of the EFF leader, claiming that his comments had been spot-on:
Others stood up for Indian people; Brenda Beneke commented that as a race they were hardworking and caring:
Others were left on the fence, unsure whether to buy into the claims or not. Celeste Kusangaya felt that Malema should focus on his political game plan more than pointing fingers:
Indian South Africans naturally took offense to the comments, implying that they took advantage of the poor:
Eric Blou called for peace in the country and for citizens to try to understand each other, regardless of race, in one of the few comments that showed any signs of unity in our rainbow nation.
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