Malema ‘might be right’ on farm murder protests, says Mbalula

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus on Tuesday. PHOTO: ANA

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus on Tuesday. PHOTO: ANA

The police minister admits police have ‘lowered the guard’ on the farm murder protests.

EFF leader Julius Malema has taken to social media to complain about the difference in treatment by police in the farm murder protests as compared to protests by black African youth.

In a tweet that has received a lot of comments and retweets, Malema said protesters were “illegally” blocking roads, but police were not shooting rubber bullets at them. However, if it were African youth blocking the roads, the treatment by police would have been different.

“White farmers are blocking the roads illegal and police are not shooting rubber Bullets but if it was African youth, yho!!! MbalulaFikile.”

Among those who commented was Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who said Malema’s observation “might be right”, as police had “lowered the guard”.

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/924919142326636545

“Lawlessness from any quarter is unacceptable and should be condemned. In this instance you might be right, Police lowered the guard,” he said.

The EFF leader went on to inquire about the whereabouts of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Associations (MKMVA) soldiers, saying he needed them. He, however, called them drunkards.

His comments divided social media, with some saying police had to treat all protesters the same way, while some said his observation was wrong, saying the protesters did not loot or burn any buildings.

“Oh, and they are not burning stuff…that surely helps…..great tip for future mass action,” said one who was in support of the protests, while another wrote: “When taxi and truck drivers were arrested last week for blocking the highway did you see anything burnt? Jy praat kak.”

The rest complained that the road blockage prevented most from reaching their destinations.

“Some matriculants couldn’t make it to their writing stations CIC because of this racist protest. This is totally unacceptable,” said one of his followers.

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These were some of the reactions on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/africracker/status/924929289669181440

https://twitter.com/TsepoThibankhoe/status/924929120818970624

https://twitter.com/Thisis_Chie/status/924929039323844609

https://twitter.com/MS_Lenyora/status/924928637878620160

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