Terrorism charge laid against Malema following ‘police threats’

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has come under fire for his comments regarding South African police and it seems the embers just keep on coming. While many other politicians, including Police Minister Bheki Cele, have lashed out at Malema for his utterances, agricultural and farming organisation TLU SA, came out guns blazing on Thursday 26 November, announcing that it laid a criminal charge of terrorism against the commander in chief. 

After clashes between EFF protesters and police outside Brackenfell High School last week Friday, Malema said that if police want a fight, they’ll get that and more. The dreaded remarks came during a visit to the Mohokare Municipality in the Free State on Sunday, just two days later. 

“If SA police want a fight, they must declare it. We will treat them the same way we treated them in the 80s. We will not only fight them at the picket lines. We will go to their homes and fight them in their own houses with their own families” he said. 

TLU SA released a statement saying Malema’s threats against the police is unacceptable and threatens the stability of the country. President of TLU SA Henry Geldenhuys, on Thursday, laid a criminal complaint against Malema — one of terrorism, as well as, undermining the law.

“It is completely unacceptable that a person can blatantly and publicly launch an attack against the SAPS and its members,” said Geldenhuys. 

“The SAPS represents the law in our country, and any such attack should be seen in the harshest light possible. The fact that he is a sitting member of parliament should count as aggravating circumstances. The state should use any means possible to end behaviour and comments like these,” added Geldenhuys. 

‘GOVERNMENT ONLY RELEASES A PRESS STATEMENT’ 

Geldenhuys said it is impossible to create stability in South Africa when the government only releases a press statement in reaction to the behaviour. 

“It is not enough. Mr Malema has repeatedly proven himself as one of the most significant destabilising factors to law and order, as well as relationships in the country,” he said. 

“Baseless statements like these are completely unacceptable to the farming sector. It is worrying that they are creating a climate where you can settle a difference by resorting to physical violence. The comments of Mr Malema and his gang contributes to the culture of violence in South Africa,” he added. 

The EFF has since claimed that the utterances by its leader were misunderstood and that it by no means tolerates or supports police brutality. 

“The EFF has long held a stance against police brutality in South Africa since it was founded. This can be traced back to our inception when we stood against the massacre of mineworkers in Marikana, who were shot and killed execution-style by a South African Police Service that has an uncontrollable desire for the blood of black people,” the party said in a statement. 

“In what can only be described as hypocrisy and a performance of outrage, Bheki Cele and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) have taken the Commander-In-Chief’s condemnation of police brutality against protesters out of context, to present an image of a threat to law enforcement in the country from the EFF. It is a blatant lie and a manipulation of facts,” it added. 



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