- Malema has called on white South Africans to learn African languages and visit townships
- The EFF leader said white South Africans cannot claim to know black people's struggles unless they visit townships
- Malema urged interracial dating as a way to foster integration
EFF leader Julius Malema has called on white South Africans to visit townships and teach themselves African languages. Malema urged white people to do this in order to understand black people and their struggles better.
Malema said this words in his speech outside the US embassy in Pretoria where the EFF held a march in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
Malema said if some white people claim to be on the side of black people then their sentiments are empty if they know nothing about the reality of black lives.
The EFF leader said a good start would be visiting South African townships and speaking African languages. Malema said:
"No white person in SA can claim to be not racist if they have never been to a township. If you are not racists, why did you not go to the township since you were born? You are staying in Pretoria and you claim not to be racist, but you do not know where Mamelodi is - because you think you are better than Mamelodi."
Malema accused "white liberals" of pretending to understand the experiences of black people when it was all for show. He said there was no excuse for white South Africans not to speak any indigenous languages.
He said white people claiming to be African and yet cannot speak any African languages was unacceptable, especially those born after 1994. Malema said:
"Start learning our languages. We know everything about you, yet you know nothing about us. Every day a white man says, ‘I am an African, I was born here.’ But you do not know an African language."
The EFF leader went as far as promoting interracial relationships between white people and black people in order to forge integration.
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