Malema threatened to massacre whites
14 April 2011 Leave a comment
Court is informed Malema threatened mass killing if AfriForum held protest rally
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 The South Gauteng High Court (sitting as the Equality Court) was informed yesterday that the ruling party’s youth league leader Julius Malema had threatened mass killings (of Afrikaner protestors) if the civil rights initiative AfriForu members had gone ahead with planned peaceful protest rally to the ANC Head Office in Johannesburg on March 18 2010.
Ernst Roets, Deputy General Secretary of AfriForum, testified about the incident to Advocate Martin Brassey SC, AfriForum’s advocate. Roets said Malema made the threat during a meeting which AfriForum Youth had with the ANC Youth League on 18 March 2010.
The ANC Youth League called the meeting, which took place at Luthuli House in the Johannesburg City Centre, after Roets wanted to get a letter of confirmation from them for a protest rally which was to be held the next day. A letter of confirmation is required by law when a memorandum is delivered to another party during a protest rally.
In the meeting, Malema also demanded that the hate speech case against him be dismissed. Roets answered that AfriForum will dismiss the case if Malema apologises for singing the song, and also to not sing any songs which incite racial hatred between South Africans. Malema said he would never do that.
Roets also said later that, should Malema not provide such a letter of confirmation, they would nonetheless protest outside the ANC Head Office, without delivering a memorandum. Malema answered, should AfriForum go ahead, there would be a repeat of what happened in 1994 with the IFP when they protested outside the ANC Head Office without the consent of the ANC.
During this incident, widely known as the Shell House massacre, 19 IFP members were shot and killed.
One of the dignitaries who attended the proceedings was Winni Madikizela Mandela. She sat next to Malema in the packed court.
With this trial, AfriForum attempts to declare the “shoot the Boer” song and other songs which contain similar words, as hate speech. If AfriForum wins this court case, Malema could be ordered to pay the legal fees of AfriForum and other interested parties.
The case is expected to continue for two weeks. E.tv’s news channel and Solidarity Radio broadcast the case daily.