The DA accused the ANC-led government on Wednesday of being “terrified” of EFF leader Julius Malema and failing to act against him for several incidents of incitement to commit violence.
Malema, in the latest incident at the weekend in the Free State, said the red berets would go to the homes of police and “fight them in their own houses with their own families”. He was reacting to police action against protesters in Brackenfell, Cape Town, last week accusing the officers of being “cowards”.
“We are not scared of the police. They think this uniform gives them some superior power. We will see you after you take off the uniform, at night at home when you are about to eat pap,” said Malema.
DA shadow minister of police Andrew Whitfield lambasted an apparent lack of action by police minister Bheki Cele. “It has been more than 48 hours since Malema issued his threat and the minister has done nothing. The ANC government appears terrified to act against Malema in spite of numerous incidents of incitement, threats and violent rhetoric towards SA citizens, businesses and now the state,” he said.
The party called on Cele to pursue charges against Malema. “The minister’s condemnation of Malema’s comments ring hollow if not followed by decisive action. Strong and decisive action must follow to reassure our men and women in blue and their families that their minister is on their side, not the side of the EFF and their leader,” said Whitfield.
Strong and decisive action must follow in order to reassure our men and women in blue and their families that their Minister is on their side not the side of the EFF and their leader. It has been more than 48 hours since Malema issued his threat and the Minister has done nothing.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) November 25, 2020