‘Malema is tearing the country apart’
JOHANNESBURG — ANCYL leader Julius Malema is “tearing” the country apart, the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting as the Equality Court, heard yesterday.
“Mr Malema is tearing apart different societies of this country,” lawyer for farmers’ body Tau-SA Roelof Du Plessis said in closing arguments at Malema’s hate speech trial.
A number of Nelson Mandela’s quotes on democracy and respect for all South Africans were read to the court. “The first founding stone of our new country is national reconciliation and national unity,”Du Plessis read.
“Well, my lord, this is under threat,” he told Judge Collin Lamont.
Du Plessis said even after criticism and objections over the “shoot the boer” song, Malema continued singing it.
Earlier in the day Gerta Engelbrecht, lawyer for civil rights group AfriForum, said the ANC could not understand the pain Afrikaners felt when they heard “dubula ibhunu” being sung.
Furthermore, the people to which Malema sang the song were not there during the strug- gle, and so did not understand what the words meant to soldiers then, she said.
AfriForum’s lawyer Martin Brassey said singing the song indicates that you should hate the boer, he’s worthy of being killed and you should hate him more,” Brassey said.
He said the court should protect minorities, and that this was the pillar of democracy.
Malema’s lawyer Vincent Maleka said AfriForum and TauSA were trying to “muzzle” the youth league president.
“The entire body of evidence relates to the political ideas of Mr Malema. Mr Malema is being muzzled.” He was referring to Malema’s statements on issues such as land reform and the nationalisation of mines.
He said AfriForum’s case is based on a misconception of an “otherwise harmless art form”.
“Since this has started there has been no act of violence or attempt of violence [against farmers].” If an order was handed down stopping Malema from singing it, it would not stop others from doing so, Maleka said. Judgment was reserved.
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