The EFF leader Julius Malema spoke about the ongoing attacks of foreign nationals at a news conference on Thursday.
He made the following statements pertaining to the matter:
“You cannot replace crime with crime. You cannot replace a tendency with a tendency. It’s a societal, collective responsibility to root out criminals”.
“I am not going to be part of stoning my own brothers. I am not going to be part of looting. I don’t want to be a president of thugs and criminals, who beat up people”.
“When you are done with foreigners, you will come for the Tsongas. You will say, We don’t have jobs because of Zulus they must go back to KZN, because of Xhosa’s, they must go back to EC you will start turning on each other”.
“Even if we remove all the foreigners; poverty, hunger and inequality will remain.”
“It is wrong South Africans what you are doing, it’s barbaric. Crime has got no nationality, it’s got no colour. Crime is crime and it must be punishable”.
“All my African brothers and sisters who have taken a stand to not perform in SA or play friendly games, thank you. You have taken a stand”.
“The immediate solution to the crisis we are facing is the removal of ANC and confrontation of White Monopoly Capital”.
“The anger in the continent is justifiable, what do you want them to do? To give us roses for killing their brothers and sisters?”
“We are saying to our fellow African brothers and sisters, it is not all of us. We are not South Africans, we are Africans. We make no apology to side with the victims of xenophobic and afrophobic attacks. We see ourselves in them”.
“Find it in your hearts to forgive us. We are sorry. We are ashamed. Forgive us. We come from a traumatic past and we are still struggling to find ourselves”.
“The oppressors, who control our minds, are the ones who have instilled in us the hatred of our brothers and sisters. They have told us we are better than the rest of the continent”.
“We will soon realise, we are nothing without this continent. We have no other home outside of this continent”.