‘Malema is tear­ing the coun­try apart’

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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.

— Sapa.

PHOTO: DAR­SHAN RANGAI

Sur­vivors Hykie Berg and Let­shego Moshoeu af­ter a few laps around the go kart track that saw Let­shego at the fin­ish first.

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