EFF leader Julius Malema in Senekal.

STAFF REPORTER

THE Freedom Front Plus on Friday lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission after EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters sang ‘Kill the Boer’ outside the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.

The FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said his party strongly condemns EFF supporters’ use of the ‘Kill the Boer” song, and said it was time action was taken against Malema in the interests of everyone in the country.

“This incitement is leading to fans being whipped up into action as seen recently with the nationwide Clicks protests,” said Groenewald.

“Julius Malema is not above the law and the time has come for action to be taken against him in the interests of everyone in the country.”

The FF Plus succeeded in having the song declared hate speech in 2003.

“This kind of behavior is unacceptable. Farm murders are a reality and it is these kinds of irresponsible remarks and incitement that undoubtedly play a role in farm attacks and murders,” said Groenewald.

“The FF Plus already succeeded in having the singing of the song declared hate speech by the HRC in 2003.”

“Julius Malema is also held personally responsible for openly preaching hatred and violence. He even openly advocated a civil war before today’s court case on Senekal.”

About 250 white farmers gathered in Senekal on Friday to protest the killing of farm manager Brendin Horner, charging that police do not adequately protect white farmers.

South Africa has one of the highest crime statistics in the world, with a murder rate of just over 58 deaths a day.

The country’s official crime statistics indicate there were 49 farm killings in the 2019/2020 financial year.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans not to use the killing of Horner to inflame racial tensions, saying it ‘shows how easily the tinderbox of race hatred can be ignited’.  

“We must resist any attempts to use crime on farms to mobilise communities along racial lines,” he said. 

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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