EFF leader Julius Malema is back in the “doghouse” following his latest rant, against Indians, this past weekend.
Ashin Singh, the convener of the SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem), said they would be laying criminal charges against Malema and would take him to the Equality Court over the attack.
This will be the second time Samrem has taken legal action against Malema, after he was taken to task in 2011 for a slur against Indians.
Samrem then laid charges of crimen injuria against him, and the matter was resolved after he apologised.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Monday defended Julius Malema’s statements about Indians, saying the party would never apologise for condemning oppression.
ANC member Visvin Reddy said: “He (Malema) has harmed the good work we have been doing to unite people.”
“In every society there are people who exploit others, but he has painted the whole community with the same brush.”
“He has come to KwaZulu-Natal, the province with the most Indians outside of India, and said this.”
“I want to challenge him to a public platform (for debate). The Indian community has done great work in the community, especially in the townships, where they have been building schools.”
“With these comments, he has created a further divide between the Indian and the African community,” Reddy said.
Following the statement, controversial Durban businessman and former advisor to President Jacob Zuma, Schabir Shaik, said Malema “is misinformed“.
Shaik was released on medical parole in 2009 after being convicted on charges of fraud in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
“This fool is misinformed and does not have any insight with regard to business ownership in KZN. Why does he not talk about Huletts and other big, white capital and business in the province,” Shaik asked.
Ndlozi dismissed Shaik’s criticism, saying Shaik should rather focus on his “fake illness” before the political party “call for his parole to be reviewed”.
Ethekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said Malema’s comments were irresponsible and divisive.