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P RETORIA - Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thurs­day de­nounced Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) for treat­ing thou­sands of pro­test­ers who blocked roads this past Mon­day, protest­ing against farm mur­ders, with kids gloves.

Ad­dress­ing a crowd of sup­port­ers gath­ered at the Is­raeli Em­bassy in Pre­to­ria, Malema said the rul­ing party, the African Na­tional Congress, was "scared of white peo­ple".

"The use­less min­is­ter of po­lice did not do any­thing, even when whites were dis­rupt­ing us. You know why? The ANC is scared of white peo­ple. The ANC is scared of Is­rael, the ANC is scared of Afrikaners. But the regime of the EFF will never be scared of a white per­son. Th­ese po­lice here are trained to re­spect a white man. When they see a white men, it's baas [boss]. A black man, they ill-treat even when black peo­ple are not do­ing any­thing but fight­ing for their rights," said Malema.

"That is how they are taught. Their col­leges re­spects [in­structs] them to re­spect white­ness. You are cow­ards in uni­form. It doesn't mat­ter, whether a wrong thing is done by a white per­son or a black per­son, all of us must re­spect the law."

The protest at the Is­raeli Em­bassy was or­gan­ised by the EFF to show their sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of Pales­tine. “You must stop be­ing nar­row-minded. You must stop suf­fer­ing from a frog view, you must have the gi­raffe view. You must see Pales­tine even when you are here. You must feel the pain of the Pales­tini­ans even when you are here. Chil­dren are be­ing killed, chil­dren are be­ing stabbed. Women are be­ing bombed in Pales­tine. Sol­diers have oc­cu­pied that place, even if you are not a Pales­tinian or a Jew want­ing to visit Pales­tine, you are sub­jected to huge ha­rass­ment by Is­rael,” said Malema. Nu­mer­ous Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice and the SAPS of­fi­cers were mon­i­tor­ing the pro­test­ers.

LASHES OUT: Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader Julius Malema.

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