Julius Malema did not mince his words this weekend, the Economic Freedom Fighters will not be welcoming votes from xenophobic South Africans. The firebrand leader reiterated his calls for African unity and the disdain of colonial boundaries that are the root for a “divide and rule" policy.
Over the last week, South Africa descended into chaos as xenophobic attacks erupted in Durban. Many have refused to just term the recent attacks as xenophobic, but rather as Afrophobic as they were specifically targeted at African nationals not at white or Chines foreigners, but specifically African nationals."If you say you are not going to vote for EFF because we say you must love Africans, you can keep your vote.
We don’t want votes from people who are xenophobic. Without the unity of Africa we will be exploited forever, by Europe, by America and now by China."A leader can never be as explicit as Malema was.
It is sad that a few days before the attacks, Cyril Ramaphosa was caught on camera speaking ill of foreigners. We could claim we are past that episode and we should not play the blame game. However, it is the lack of a strong reaction from him in the wake of the attacks that is sickening.
Instead of going live o national radio and television as he did when he made the “reckless” statements, he used Twitter to denounce his statements.