The EFF leader Julius Malema has responded to reports of renewed xenophobia by asking his followers to rather direct their anger at wealthy white people. In a tweet that has been described by EFF opponents AfriForum as a “racist incitement”, Malema called for “African brothers and sisters” to rather direct their anger at the “owners of wealth … white monopoly capital”. He was reacting to widespread reports of xenophobic attacks throughout South Africa against African immigrants, particularly in Gauteng, where five lives have now been lost.
“Our anger is directed at wrong people. Like all of us, our African brothers & sisters are selling their cheap labour for survival. The owners of our wealth is white monopoly capital; they are refusing to share it with us & the ruling party ANC protects them.#OneAfricaIsPossible,” he tweeted.
AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets shortly thereafter called the tweet “nothing other than a racist incitment of violence against minorities. Violence against any community has to stop. It should not be directed at anyone else. The world should take notice of the persecution of minorities in South Africa. However, Malema responded hours later by writing that it was allegedly white people who had created the xenophobic tension by supposedly telling black people that “foreigners” had taken their jobs.
“We are fighting for cramps.”
The EFF official account called on its followers to “unite against the common enemy” and claimed that borders were imposed on the continent by colonialists. They used Marxist language describing colonists as the ones still controlling the continent’s resources and the “means of production”.