Malema denies pursuing Gordhan due to racism: It's not about Indians

Malema denies pursuing Gordhan due to racism: It's not about Indians

Julius Malema has rejected accusations that he is pursuing Minister Pravin Gordhan due to racism. This comes after claims that the EFF leader was hell-bent to destroy the Public Enterprises head due to his Indian origins.

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Julius Malema has strongly denounced claims that his hatred of Pravin Gordhan is due to his race.

Speaking during a recent media briefing, Malema said that Gordhan's race had nothing to do with his views on the matter:

“It's not about Indians. Zuma was not an Indian, Malusi Gigaba was not an Indian, Nhlanhla Nene was not an Indian."

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Furthermore, the EFF leader went on to say that having issues with minority groups in South Africa went hand in hand with claims of racism:

“It's so nice and good to go after Africans … [it's] self hate. When we go after Africans, we are not racist, we are not all of that. But touch a minority, you are racist."

Nevertheless, Malema insists that the Economic Freedom Fighters remain unshaken:

“We have gone after Africans who were found wanting and now [because] we go after an Indian we are told you are anti-Indians. It will not shake us." reported that Malema had placed the support of the EFF behind Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who had released adverse findings against Gordhan.

TimesLIVE reports that Malema's comments comes in response to the Ahmed Kathrada Foundations and the SACP's calls for the public to support Gordhan in the legal battle against Mkhwebane.

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