Cape Town – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has defended himself amid controversy over leading the controversial song “Dubul’ ibhunu,” which includes the lyrics “Kill the boer, kill the farmer”.
Malema and his supporters chanted this song at the party’s 10th-anniversary celebration at the FNB stadium.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that it would file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the Freedom Front Plus has opened a case of intimidation against Malema for the song.
However, Malema dismissed claims that the song promotes genocide and racism, stating that it refers to a system of oppression, not individuals.
CIC @Julius_S_Malema responding to members of the media during Q&A of the EFF 10th Anniversary Closing Press Conference.
-The court said there is nothing wrong singing Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer!#EFFPresser pic.twitter.com/FY2YZxnHi1
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 2, 2023
“We have always stated that the boers and the farmers do not refer to individuals but refer to a system of oppression. I said in court that we used to refer to the police as boers,” Malema said during a press conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
He also accused the DA of sponsoring the public outrage and suggested they should accept the Equality Court’s ruling on the matter.
“When do we respect the judgment of the court and when do we disrespect the judgment of the court? When they favour Zille we must respect them, when they don’t favour Hellen Zille we must not respect them.”
Despite the controversy and threats, Malema asserted that he would continue chanting the song.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu