EFF refuses to apologise for Malema's comments
Julius Malema said Indians who owns shops don't pay blacks, but give them food parcels instead
The EFF insists it will never apologise for comments about Indians made by the party leader Julius Malema.
The partyâs spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told News24 that it would never apologise for condemning oppression. âEach time we come across the suffering and oppression of our people, we shall not mince our words, nor tiptoe around false minority feelings,â he said.
Malema has reportedly angered the Indian community by accusing them of racism, exploiting their African workers and monopolising the KwaZulu-Natal economy. He made the comments during the partyâs fourth birthday celebration over the weekend at Curries Fountain Stadium in Durban.
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He told thousands of supporters that his statements were not anti-Indian, but the truth. âThey donât pay our people. The Indians who own shops donât pay our people. They give them food parcels. We want a minimum wage even in the Indian shops.
âWhen you are black and you have a domestic worker, pay them the minimum wage and treat them properly. If you are an Indian and you have a shop, treat our people properly,â he said.
Controversial Durban businessman Schabir Shaik weighed in on Malemaâs statement, labelling him a fool who was misinformed. Shaik who was released on medical parole in 2009 after being convicted of fraud in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, reportedly said Malema did not have insight with regard to business ownership in the province.
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Ndlozi called for Shaik to focus on his âfake illnessâ before they call for his parole to be reviewed. âWe shall never keep quiet, particularly in the face of hypocritical criticism coming from convicted criminals like Schabir Shaik, who in order to avoid serving his sentence, went on to fake terminal illness,â he said.
Ashin Singh, the convener of SA Minority Rights Equality Movement, told IOL that it would lay criminal charges against Malema and take him to the Equality Court.
âHow can he be afraid of 1 million Indians, of whom only 500 000 are in employment and only 2% are in business. We have tried to be nice about the issue â" he said this before and apologised,â said Singh.
Additional reporting by IOL and News24Source: Google News