Kill us now, Malema tells police

Julius Malema alongside other EFF leaders at the uMngeni municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Twitter (@EFFSouthAfrica)

Julius Malema alongside other EFF leaders at the uMngeni municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Twitter (@EFFSouthAfrica)

The leader of the red berets accused police at the uMngeni municipality in KwaZulu-Natal of threatening to shoot EFF protesters.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema led a march in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, from Howick Park to the uMngeni Municipality, where the party accused ANC mayor Sizwe Sokhela of refusing to collect a memorandum, further alleging that police at the building threatened to shoot his party’s protesters.

The Citizen called the office of the mayor to see if these allegations are true. We were referred to communications manager Thando Mgaga. Several calls to both his cellphone and landline went unanswered. We will update this story with his comment if and when we receive it.

According to the EFF’s official Twitter account, the municipality has been “employing people through political membership or [demanding] sexual favours from women in return for employment”, and the party has demanded that this comes to a stop.

The alleged threats from the police led to an angry speech from Malema.

“The information I have is that police are saying they are going to do their work,” he said.

“Police have said they are going to kill us. Police have issued an instruction that we must be killed, please put it live everywhere on the social media,” he continued.

“Do it. Kill us now. We are not going anywhere.

“If police and the municipality are together in the conspiracy to shoot us, do it. Shoot us.

READ MORE: Malema says he will ‘shoot to kill’ for his family

“You are used to doing rubbish, it’s not [only] today. Do it. How do you shoot at people who are protesting peacefully? How do you shoot at people who are not throwing a stone, nothing.

“We are not going anywhere. This is a municipal property, it is not your mother’s property, it is not an ANC property, it’s our property. Stop telling me about [a] rubbish permit.

“The way you are so useless and petty, we said to you, ‘Send a person here to come and receive a memorandum, even if it’s a cleaner we don’t have a problem’, but you are so petty ANC people, you are so arrogant, that’s why you lose municipalities in Gauteng, it is this arrogance. And you think you are doing this arrogance here in KZN, it will affect ANC all over South Africa.”

Malema then said he only wanted to deliver the memorandum, promising to leave and take the large group of EFF protesters with him once he had done so.

“Now you call police to come and threaten us. I’m not scared of police, you can do whatever you want to do. You have killed our people before, we will not be the first one,” Malema said.

He then called on his “fighters” to be “disciplined” and not to “give the bastards reasons to do what they want to do”.

For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.




today in print