Julius Malema EFF Jesus

EFF Leader Julius Malema says they are Jesus. Photo: EFF / Twitter

SAHRC gives Malema 10 days to retract ‘hate speech’ – he will not

‘…the SAHRC is pursuing and entering a path of frivolous litigation, which is similar to that of AfriForum,’ said the EFF.

Julius Malema EFF Jesus

EFF Leader Julius Malema says they are Jesus. Photo: EFF / Twitter

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) ruled that some of the statements made by Julius Malema at an EFF gathering in October amounted to incitement of violence and hate speech. The politician hit back and said the Commission’s labels of the comments were ignorant and it failed to comprehend the “political commentary in its metaphorical, literary and historical sense.”


The Commission received complaints about statements made by Malema at the EFF’s People’s Assembly in the Western Cape on 16 October 2022. There were also complaints about posters and banners displayed at the event.

The SAHRC said the complaints received were corroborated by video recordings of the event.

These were the statements made by Malema:

  1. In reference to an incident at the Brackenfell High School last year, and footage of a white person “beating up” an EFF member, Mr Malema questioned why that (white) person had not been located and taken to “an isolated space and attend to the guy properly”, followed by an exhortation to the members that “You must never be scared to kill, a revolution demands that at some point there must be killing, because the killing is part of a revolutionary act”.
  2. Why did Mandela take up a gun, he was the first soldier of uMkhonto we Sizwe to distribute roses? He took up a gun because the revolution had reached up a point where there is no longer an alternative but to kill.
  3. Anything that stands in the way of the revolution must be eliminated.
  4. Revolutionaries when confronted by that situation will not think twice.
  5. The EFF must be known that it is not a playground for racists, that any racists that plays next to the EFF and threatens and beat up the membership and the leadership of the EFF, that is the application to meet your maker with immediate effect.
  6. Violence can only be ended with violence not any other necessary means.
  7. This, it’s a war between white supremacy and black consciousness, you must know the two will never meet. We are in a permanent war with white supremacists.

The offending banners and posters reportedly read “Honeymoon is over for white people in South Africa” and “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”

The SAHRC said certain parts of Malema’s speech and some of the banners at the event “individually and collectively, constitute incitement of violence, hate speech and possibly other transgressions of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 4 of 2000 (“the PEPUDA”).”

The Commission informed the EFF leader that he has 10 days to retract and apologise for the prima facie unlawful statements, on 8 November.

It further asked him and the EFF to desist from further promotion of hatred and violence and said it would approach the Equality Court for an interdict in the interim.


The EFF responded on Wednesday and said SAHRC fell into a trap as any comments taken out of context can be manipulated and distorted.

In a statement, the party said many of the comments made at the event were drawn from literature and history and were metaphorical in nature. The work of Frantz Fanon, Nelson Mandela’s participation in the armed struggle against apartheid and the ANC’s handling of the HIV/AIDS pandemic were referred to among other things.

“It is unfortunate that an institution such as the Human Rights Commission, which exists in a society with such a deep and racially divided history, approaches political commentary without an appreciation of literature and historical facts.

“…the Human Rights Commission is pursuing and entering a path of frivolous litigation, which is similar to that of AfriForum,” said the party.

The EFF refuted the allegations and said the SAHRC concluded its investigation without affording the party an opportunity to present its side.

“We will therefore not meet the 10-day deadline of the Commission or apologise until we are listened to by a neutral body.”