Double stan­dards, cries Julius

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has taken to so­cial me­dia to com­plain about the dif­fer­ence in treat­ment by po­lice in the farm mur­der protests, com­pared with protests by black African youth.

In a tweet that has re­ceived many com­ments, Malema said pro­test­ers were “il­le­gally” block­ing roads, but po­lice were not shoot­ing rub­ber bul­lets at them. How­ever, if it were African youth block­ing the roads, the treat­ment by po­lice would have been dif­fer­ent.

“White farm­ers are block­ing the roads il­le­gal and po­lice are not shoot­ing rub­ber Bul­lets but if it was African youth, yho!!! @Mbalu­laFik­ile,” read his tweet.

Among those who com­mented was Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula, who replied: “Law­less­ness from any quar­ter is un­ac­cept­able and should be con­demned. In this in­stance you might be right, Po­lice low­ered the guard.”

The EFF leader went on to ask about the where­abouts of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tions (MKMVA) sol­diers, say­ing he needed them. He, how­ever, called them drunk­ards.

His com­ments di­vided so­cial me­dia, with some say­ing po­lice had to treat all pro­test­ers the same way, while oth­ers said his ob­ser­va­tion was wrong, point­ing out the pro­test­ers did not loot or burn any build­ings.

“Oh, and they are not burn­ing stuff … that surely helps … great tip for fu­ture mass ac­tion,” said one who was in sup­port of the protests, while another wrote: “When taxi and truck drivers were ar­rested last week for block­ing the high­way did you see any­thing burnt?”

Many com­plained the road block­ages pre­vented them from reach­ing their des­ti­na­tions. –

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