Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema woke up feeling like singing on Wednesday.
This is not unlike him. Juju is known for singing controversial songs.
Malema posted a song on his Twitter account: “Asisalali emakhaya, silala ehlathini, dubula dubula singene, uVan Riebeeck isela lokuqala, ngenxa yomzansi, dubula dubula singene” [Translated: We no longer sleep at home, we sleep in the bush. Shoot, shoot and let us enter. Van Riebeeck is the ultimate crook, for the sake of South Africa, shoot, shoot let us enter].
Some of his followers commended him for “listening to the right kind of music”.
In 2011, then an ANC Youth League president, Malema was found guilty of hate speech for singing the controversial “Shoot The Boer” song.
Judge Collin Lamont ruled in the high court in Johannesburg said “the singing of the song by Malema constituted hate speech”. Judge Lamont also said “no justification exists allowing the words to be sung… the words were in any event not sung on a justifiable occasion.”
Johan van Riebeeck arrived in South Africa in 1652 from Culemborg in the Netherlands. According to SAHO, he was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands on 21 April 1619, as the son of a surgeon. He arrived in the country with his wife Maria de la Quellerie, and they had eight sons, one of whom, Abraham van Riebeeck, became a governor-general of the Dutch East Indies.
President Jacob Zuma caused a stir last year when he suggested that South Africa’s problems started when Van Riebeek arrived in the country, which meant that white people were to blame for all problems. He said this during the ANC’s 103rd birthday bash in Cape Town. He also reiterated this remark at the State of the Nation Address debate when he said, “I said the problem began when Jan van Riebeeck came here.”