Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema urged police on Sunday to point their weapons in the direction of Durban mayor Zandile Gumede, instead of “shooting at students”.
“Next time you come to Durban University of Technology (DUT) and are told to shoot, please shoot in the air. Don’t direct your gun at people who are fighting for you.
You can even direct your gun at the mayor of this municipality, the most corrupt mayor in the history of this city,” said Malema. He was speaking at the Chatsworth Stadium, about 15km southwest of Durban, during the EFF’s provincial manifesto rally.
Malema arrived about five hours late, having flown in from the Northern Cape where he had spoken at a rally earlier in the day. He said security guards and police officers should not “shoot at students”, as they were fighting for public servants and private security guards to be paid better wages.
Many of the country’s lowest-paid earners had children struggling to pay their way through university, he said.