- Julius Malema's comments during a speech in North West have prompted backlash from Helen Zille
- The EFF boss claimed it was wrong to target Nigerians when the 'white man' is the real struggle
- Zille claims this constitutes hate speech, prompting her own criticism on social media
Julius Malema told attendants at a speech in the North West province that it is wrong to target foreign nationals.
The EFF leader spoke ahead of a by-election to appoint a new council in Mamusa after it was dissolved last year:
“As black people, we kill Nigerians, accusing them of selling drugs and we kill Zimbabweans accusing them of stealing our jobs. Yet, the white man committed a genocide against us, took land, raped our mothers, killed our child in Coligny for picking up a sunflower; they kill our people saying that they have mistaken them for baboons."
Malema went on to claim citizens were afraid to remove statues of 'white people':
"You’re even afraid to collapse the statues of white people. Why? Because you hate yourself. Black people in South Africa, in Africa and in the diaspora, we are all the same, we are all facing the same struggle. We must unite."
This didn't sit well with Democratic federal executive chairperson Helen Zille, who dubbed it hate speech in a social media post:
"Another string of hateful race generalisations, not to mention hate speech (real threats of imminent physical violence). Will there be an outcry? I'll wait a while."
Zille's social media posts are well known for their ability to stir the pot and this one was no exception, while some agreed that Malema often uttered hate speech and had seemingly been able to get away with it, others came to his defence and blasted Zille.
Briefly.co.za reported that Zille had claimed to be a target for fake accounts, alleging that nearly half of her followers on social media were indeed bots.
The former Western Cape premier insisted that she was often subjected to false outrage online and felt that these fake accounts were responsible.
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