Malema faces genocide charge at ICC, The Hague

The civil rights movement Pro-Afrikaans Action Group has laid genocide charges against the ruling African National Congress youth league leader Julius Malema at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. This is the second such charge against Malema lodged at the ICC over the past two months.

The latest charge comes after the National Prosecuting Authority in SA refused to prosecute Malema for incitement to genocide. 

This is the second genocide-charge to be placed at the international criminal court. On April 5 2011, Paul Kruger of the Verkenners (Afrikaans scouts) movement also arrived in The Hague and lodged a petition at the ICC, asking the international body to start investigating charges of genocide against the ruling African National Congress party leaders and the government of South Africa

Today,  Praag ‘s Dan Roodt  said Malema has been repeatedly placed on record for calling for the extermination of the Afrikaner nation through his songs, public statements and other utterances.  In its letter, PRAAG referred to the South Gauteng High Court judgment which found the Malema-phrase ‘shoot the Boer’ to constitute incitement to murder. 

‘Judgment was reserved’ in the Malema hate speech trial at the Equality Court in Johannesburg. “You first have to exhaust all the local remedies in order to get someone to prosecute it for incitement,” said Praag’s Dan Roodt.

“So now, because the prosecuting authority in Pretoria has refused to do it, it now needs to be investigated by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.”




About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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