The Democratic Alliance (DA) came out on Tuesday to condemn the “violent and threatening language” uttered by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Monday afternoon.
While addressing EFF supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in KwaZulu-Natal, where he faces charges of inciting people to occupy privately owned land, Malema said the EFF is not calling for the slaughter of white people, “at least for now”.
“We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now … The rightful owners of the land are black people. No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in SA and the whole of the African continent‚” said the EFF leader.
The DA said Malema’s comments had no place in a democracy.
“The Democratic Alliance strongly condemns comments made today by the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, who said that “We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now…”
“This violent and threatening language has no place in our constitutional democracy. Indeed, the Constitution is founded on the democratic principles of ‘human dignity, equality and freedom’ and the fact that South Africa belong to all those who live in it.
“The DA wants to build a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa, filled with opportunities and hope for all our people, especially the 8.9 million jobless South Africans. Hate and violence only detracts from this vision and tears apart the dream Nelson Mandela had for our beautiful country in 1994.”
Freedom Front Plus also condemned Malema’s statements.