Julius Malema sparks controversy with Twitter post of cops changing tyre

Julius Malema sparks controversy with Twitter post of cops changing tyre

- EFF leader Julius Malema posted a picture on Twitter that ignited a debate on racism

- Malema captioned the post with a seemingly innocent phrase "Afternoon South Africa"

- Twitter users bombarded the comments section with explosive language while others called for people to take the higher ground

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EFF leader Julius Malema sparked controversy online with a seemingly innocent post on Twitter. He uploaded a pic of two police officers helping a man change his car tyre.

Tweeps were quick to point out the colour of the officers' skin and that of the man they were helping.

Pretty soon tweeps were dogpiling in the comments section with racially charged language.

Julius Malema sparks controversy with Twitter post of cops changing tyre
Julius Malema started a fierce debate on Twitter over race relations with his post. Photo credit: @EFFSoutAfrica, @Julius_S_Malema
Source: Twitter

Malema captioned the pic with:

"Afternoon South Africa"

Briefly News took a look at some of the comments tweeps decided to share in reaction to the post:

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@ndzoyixolile:

"What is wrong here? Educate me maybe I am poor to understand, please empower me."

@_ShaunKeyz:

"Yall got the caption wrong, Juju never talked about racism. He just posted a picture of a white man with policemen and a caption saying " Afternoon South Africa", what's wrong with that?"

@Balo80901:

"They helped me yesterday: They even gave me their spare wheel and have just returned to them now because mine lost air whilst in the boot."
I think your hate for whites is unbearable and u forgot they are humans.
Police are not fools Julius they know no colour."

@NtuliNtuly:

"I once received the same kind of help from SAPS members. Sometimes we need to look beyond race and embrace Ubuntu."

@i_mohale:

"Good gesture by our Police. Help that guy to get out of danger soon or Police will be called to investigate a criminal act. Skin colour religion or gender don't matter. Safety 1st. We must no follow the obvious negative statements from the negative racists."

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the University of Cape Town has built a reputation for making questionable decisions around racial issues. Once again they've found themselves being questioned after making the decision to hire a white male in his 70s to replace their Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation, Professor Loretta Ferris, an esteemed woman of colour.

The university recently revealed that 72-year-old Professor Martin Hall will be taking over the position after Professor Ferris made the decision to take an early sabbatical before her term as DVC ends.

In a statement, the university shared the news while at the same time thanking her for her work with the institution. They also praised the professor for a number of things she achieved while working as the DVC.

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