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EFF leader Julius Malema. Image: EFF / Twitter

Julius Malema could face hate speech charges over controversial Mugabe tribute

A DA representative is planning to take Julius Malema to the Equality Court, after the EFF leader posted a series of offensive quotes over the weekend.

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EFF leader Julius Malema. Image: EFF / Twitter

Political firebrand Julius Malema is facing yet another complaint of hate speech, following his tributes to late former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. A memorial service was held for the authoritarian leader over the weekend, and the EFF were incredibly vocal in their support of the former liberation hero.

Mugabe’s toxic and divisive legacy has left South Africans split. His disastrous economic management is tempered against his impressive rise to power. However, if there was one thing “Uncle Bob” was known for, it was his wicked way with words. And they may have just landed Juju in some doo-doo.

Why Julius Malema is facing another hate speech complaint

Julius Malema has shared a “carousel” of images featuring pictures of Robert Mugabe and some of his most famous quotes to his Twitter feed. However, a majority of the statements come with strong anti-white sentiment – and they are plastered across an EFF-sponsored background.

As far as the DA’s Roy Jankielsohn is concerned, this is tantamount to a call for violence. On Monday afternoon, the party’s leader in the Free State officially opened a complaint of hate speech against Malema. He is demanding a sanction from the Equality Court, and a public apology from the EFF over the “racist” display:

“I have requested that the Court consider my request to instruct Julius Malema and the EFF to individually or jointly call a press conference in which they apologise unconditionally for the damage caused by branding white South African citizens as being foreigners who should be subjected to violence.”

“The Equality Court must make a declaratory order regarding the carousel displays as being hate speech and that a sanction be imposed on them by the Court. We regard the carousel advertisement distributed on Twitter and which was supported by an EFF logo as condoning, advocating and distributing hate speech and incitement to commit violence against white people.”

Roy Jankielsohn

The offensive Robert Mugabe quotes which landed Julius Malema in trouble

So, what were the Mugabe sayings that ended up ruffling these DA feathers? We’ve got them here…

  • What we hate is not the colour of their skin but the evil that emanates from them”.
  • Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy”.
  • “The only white man you can trust is a dead white man”.
  • “South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won’t even slap a live one.”
  • “We now have aeroplanes which can take them [white people] back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors.”

EFF tribute labelled “hate speech”

Jankielsohn sees this “tribute” as an endorsement of Robert Mugabe’s most appaling personal beliefs. The words invoke threats of death and acts of violence towards white people. As of 17:45 on Monday, Julius Malema still had the post on his Twitter feed. In fact, he has posted it to the top of his page, so everyone can see it. For now, you can be the judge of whether this video ticks the “hate speech” boxes or not: