- Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has approached the Equality Court to file a complaint against Kenny Kunene for insulting him
- Kunene, who is the deputy president of the Patriotic Alliance is not willing to comply with Malema's demands
- South Africans have taken not that Malema constantly insults fellow politicians and they never file lawsuits against him
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JOHANNESBURG - The political beef between former party members Julius Malema, the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters and Kenny Kunene, Patriotic Alliance deputy president, has officially reached the courts.
In 2021, Malema issued a letter to Kunene asking him to apologise for the comments he made about him. According to Malema, Kunene defamed his character by calling him an "irritating cockroach" and a "little frog".
Kunene made those remarks in reaction to Malema's comments about the PA leaders. Malema had called the leaders of the political organisation convicts on multiple occasions during the Local government elections campaign season.
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However, Malema will not be getting that apology without a fight because Kunene stated that he would not be saying sorry for his remarks because he stands by his words.
Kunene stated that Malema acts like a bully but when he is treated in the same manner, he cannot handle it.
In the court papers, Malema states that by calling him a cockroach, Kunene was implied that he is sub-human and deserving of sub-human treatment. Malema's also stated that Kunene's choice of words were not accidental but deliberate., according to News24.
Malema believes that the comments made by Kunene amount to hate speech.
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Social media users are not sympathetic to Malema and his lawsuit. Many people remembered multiple instances Malema had called people all sorts of names and they did not retaliate.
Check out a few comments below:
"I can vividly recall him calling Gwede Mantashe (skiripoti), because of Mantashe's beard."
"Hawu! Didn’t Malema call the other fellow “Le Bantinti” or something?"
"This guy calls everyone all sorts of names when it's time for him to be called names uyapayisa? Yoh! He reminds me of a certain nation epimpanayo."
"The same person who used to call Zuma "butternut "."
"Ramaphosa must also open a case because Julius is making fun of his nose."
"How many times has @Julius_S_Malema insulted people? Now it's his turn to receive, he runs to the courts. Why can't he be man enough and take the punches just like the others he has been calling names."
"Malema... you can dish it out but can't handle getting some back.."
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Source: Briefly News