Malema on xenophobia: "We are sorry. We are ashamed. Forgive us"

Malema on xenophobia: "We are sorry. We are ashamed. Forgive us"

-Economic Freedom Fighter head Julius Malema has reinforced his firm stance against xenophobia in South Africa

- Speaking at an EFF press briefing, Malema warned that once the foreigners were gone, citizens would turn on each other

- The EFF president condemned those who had opted to cancel performances in SA over the violence facing fellow countrymen

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Julius Malema has come out in strong opposition to the displays of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa. reported that the attacks had resulted in retaliation from other African countries, including Nigeria and Zambia.

Speaking at an EFF press briefing, Malema criticised those who had targeted fellow Africans:

"When you are done with foreigners, you will come for the Tsongas. You will say, “We don’t have jobs because of Zulus they must go back to KZN, because of Xhosa’s, they must go back to EC”. You will start turning on each other."

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Malema called for unity, distancing both himself and the Red Berets from the ongoing violence:

"We are saying to our fellow African brothers and sisters, it is not all of us. We are not South Africans, we are Africans. We make no apology to side with the victims of xenophobic and afrophobic attacks. We see ourselves in them."

After various performers cancelled upcoming shows in South Africa due to the xenophobia on display, Malema applauded them for taking a stand:

"The anger in the continent is justifiable, what do you want them to do? To give us roses for killing their brothers and sisters?"

Malema issued a heartfelt apology to the continent, which he says is the only home for Africans:

"Find it in your hearts to forgive us. We are sorry. We are ashamed. Forgive us. We come from a traumatic past and we are still struggling to find ourselves."

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