The Malema hate speech trial blasted into the news spotlight most of this week in South Africa. The middle-aged ANC Youth League president Julius Malema maintained his firm stance in favour of the controversial Shoot the Boer struggle song and the result of the trial is yet to be heard.
Last year in March, Julius Malema was banned from singing the ANC Shoot the Boer liberation song. The high court had then ruled that the lyrics of the song were likely to incite violence against South Africa’s white minority. Timely enough, the murder of the right-wing AWB stalwart Eugene Terreblanche, occured just a few days after the ban was imposed. The ruling ANC condemned the linking of singing the struggle song by Malema to the killing of that boer.
Malema was escorted to the trial this week by a small army of rifle-armed bodyguards and his partner in crime Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Malema emphasised the reconciliatory nature of the new South Africa by innovating on the song – the chant outside the court house morphed into “Shoot to kill, kiss the boer, kiss the farmer”. Clearly Mr Malema has taken to heart his lesson about cultural sensitivity from the Easter Bunny last year.
In other news, Samwu, the South African Municipality Workers’ Union, threatened to bolster their current garbage collection strike action. In this month of many holidays it looks like, for Johannesburg at least, the refuse workers will be continuing to refuse to work for a while longer.
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