Malema asks fellow Africans for forgiveness over xenophobic attack

Julius Malema says he understand how fellow Africans have been hurt following xenophobic attack targeted to non-indigenous.

“Find it in your good hearts to forgive us, we are sorry, we are ashamed of ourselves and sincerely apologise for this madness,” said EFF leader Julius Malema during a media briefing at the party’s headquarters on Thursday.

Before president Cyril Ramaphosa condemns this behavior, both Maimane and JUJU raise their voice on this matter.

Yesterday, it was reported that five foreigners have died in the violence, which has seen several shops looted across some of Gauteng’s three big metros and numerous suburbs.

“We are saying to our fellow African brothers and sisters it’s not all of us, the majority of us know we are not South Africans, we are Africans,” said Malema.

“There is nothing special about South Africa,” continued the EFF leader.

Malema, who said white capital and the ANC government had to take full responsibility for the outbreak of violence, added the rand had been performing better than it had in recent months, instead of struggling as the country burned.

“How can the rand strengthen when people are killing each other? Someone is excited here.”

He said the violence should affect everyone in the country, including its markets.

Malema had some choice words for the private sector, which he said was a “polite way” of saying white people.

“They always tell us who to hate and who to love, always tell us what is wrong and what is right.”

In dealing with the argument that some have made for the violence, that foreign nationals steal jobs from South Africans, Malema said it was the private sector that was doing that.

“There are no foreign nationals in the government, it is the private sector, simply put white people who prefer foreign nationals over South Africans. After employing foreign nationals, they come to you and say don’t you think this border being loose has led to the high unemployment rate.”

He added South Africans had come from a traumatic past and was still soul-searching.

“It’s not a Nigerian, a Zimbabwean that killed Uyinene [Mrwetyana], it’s us South African men. It is us who are killing our women, let’s deal with ourselves. Don’t tell me Nigerians must stop selling drugs here, Nigerians must stop selling drugs in Nigeria,” said Malema.