“Why can’t you take responsibility? Why can’t you, for once, just apologize for the crimes you’ve committed? ” demand Julius Malema, leader of attorney Mark Oppenheimer’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), on Thursday.
“Why do you want to become victims, when we are the biggest victims here, when we have lost everything, when we black people remain a traumatized nation?”
On day eight of AfriForum’s ‘hate speech’ case, Malema testified for the second consecutive day in the Johannesburg High Court, where he was cross-examined by his defense and AfriForum’s lawyer.
AfriForum first filed a complaint against EFF member Malema, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and the EFF party in October 2020 after EFF supporters chanted Dubul’ibhunuwhich translates to ‘kill the Boers’, in Senekal Magistrates’ Court during the bail hearing for those charged with the murder of Free State Farm manager Brendin Horner.
As was the case WednesdayMalema pointed out that the struggle chant “Shoot the Boers/Dubul’ibhunu” is not a commandment, and the word “boer” or “farmer” does not refer to an individual but represents the system which dispossessed black people of their land.
Malema explained to Judge Edwin Molahlehi that every struggle must have a face (as the struggle for reconciliation has the face of Mandela), and the struggle for land has the face of a farmer, because these are people who relate To the earth.
Malema denied that the song could influence anyone to murder a farmer.
“His [a hypothetical murderer’s] actions will not be inspired by revolution, but by criminality,” Malema said.
As was the case on Wednesday, Malema used his time on the stand to “teach a class” about his political ideology.
Julius Malema got a great platform to place his manifesto and display his political and philosophical prowess. To teach a class!
— Xhanti Payi (@XhantiPayi) February 16, 2022
Many people on social media expressed their support and respect for Malema.
After listening to Julius Malema’s presentation on EFF policies today in court today. I publicly declare that I am joining the EFF. Thank you Ernst Roets. #EFFvsAfriforum
— KING$BUDA (@skhlatshwayo) February 16, 2022
Oppenheimer and Malema argued over the injustices and traumas of white and black farmers in South Africa.
Oppenheimer read an article from South Africa today from 2016, excerpt from the book by Ernst Roets Kill the boersoften cited in the case – a book that Malema said he did not want to touch because it was stained with “black blood”.
Oppenheimer read the case where Alice Lotter (76) and her daughter Helen (57) were tortured to death on their Free State farm in 2009, with graphic details of the torture and murder of the two women, claiming their blood was used to write “kill the Boers” on their property.
“What is your reaction to that? Oppenheimer asked.
“It’s a crime – people commit crimes and write what they want to write,” Malema replied, referring to a case where a white farmer tortured and killed a 13-year-old black boy, and asking why Oppenheimer didn’t did not cite this case.
After much back and forth, Malema said that unlike the woman’s case, the case involving the young boy was racially motivated and could be considered a hate crime because the white farmer was the one occupying the power.
In the case of the Free State killings, Malema said he could not comment on the power relationship between the torturers and the women because, “We don’t know if they are farmers, we don’t know their social status, we don’t know I don’t know their relationship to the means of production.
“Now that shows me how sick and twisted your ideological position is,” Oppenheimer said.
Malema replied, “No, your definition of power is so naive and superficial. I am talking about power in terms of the relationship to the means of production.
Oppenheimer said Malema’s tactic of assigning guilt to groups — without judging people on an individual basis — was “sinister” and unconstitutional.
Malema agreed that he held white people as a group responsible for the sins of their fathers, justifying this belief with an idiom that roughly translates to, “Children will be punished for the sins of their parents.”
The EFF leader said today white people are still profiting from the injustices of the past.
“My brother, when the whites came to government, they didn’t come to take our land individually,” Malema said.
“They took him in as settlers, then pushed us into land that’s not even productive, and made us…stay like sardines.
“And then you come here and you want to accuse me, a victim of racism, of being racist? It’s insulting. Madiba forced us to reconcile with people with whom we never bonded. It was a myth. It’s unrealistic, you can’t reconcile if you’ve never been together.
“You never came here with the intention of being with us. You came here with the intention of conquering us, and we remain conquered.
Malema told the judge it was unfair to be questioned by someone who “promotes racism”.
“You know what’s unfair,” Oppenheimer replied, citing the trauma of witnesses who appeared in the case, white farmers who survived farm raids and saw family members murdered.
“It’s a real trauma,” Oppenheimer said. “The testimony from them was that when they hear chants like ‘Kill the Boer’ it brings back those memories of real trauma…and you’ve taken the position…that only your pain matters. It seems like a failure to me. of humanity.
Malema then asked if the trauma of her parents, who picked up the corpses of their children in Soweto, was not a real trauma.
“I was young when the police entered my mother’s house and she was sleeping. The men took off his covers… I live with this for the rest of my life,” Malema said.
“It’s not a real trauma, because it’s not white. A black child’s trauma is not trauma. We are still a traumatized nation if you don’t know.
Court proceedings continue on Friday when an expert witness in African music and songs will appear. DM