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Ramaphosa’s silence over Malema’s ‘kill the boer’ chant is deafening: Steenhuisen

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As anger continues to simmer over EFF leader Julius Malema’s ‘kill the boer’ chant, the DA’s John Steenhuisen has penned a long letter to the president.

Steenhuisen says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s silence over Malema is deafening.

Malema has once again come under fire for chanting ‘kill the boer’ during his celebratory speech at the EFF’s 10th birthday on Saturday.

This is despite the ruling by the Equality Court that the chant does not constitute hate speech.

In the letter, Steenhuisen is accusing Malema of inciting violence and says it’s not the first time that the opposition leader called for a civil war and wanton bloodshed for political gain.

“For millions of South Africans, this was a spine-chilling reminder of the horrors of our violent and divisive past. It struck fear into the heart of our nation,” he says.

Steenhuisen has called on Ramaphosa to speak out against Malema.

[STEENHUISEN’S LETTER TO RAMAPHOSA]

The chant has also raised the ire of South African-born billionaire and Twitter owner, Elon Musk.

Musk also criticised the President for not saying anything on the matter.

He took to his app, claiming that the EFF leader is pushing for the genocide of white people in South Africa.

Malema has hit back at the billionaire, saying he looks like an illiterate.

“Elon Musk wants to learn about this song, the records are there in court. Let him go read the judgments and listen to arguments in court.”

He used his media briefing on Wednesday to reiterate that he will sing this song as and when he feels like it.

South Africans are divided over the chant and have taken to social media to air their views.

 

 

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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