As tensions escalate in nations around the world, one South African opposition leader warned of an uprising “like an Arab Spring” causing worsening economic and social conditions and that the “first target is going to be white people.”
Julius Malema is the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a party considered left-wing and accused of promoting anti-white and anti-Indian sentiments throughout South Africa. He joined BBC’s “Hardtalk” Friday where he argued with host Stephen Sackur that the “poor are becoming more poorer.”
“The violence that is going to happen within South Africa is because the elite [are] disappearing and then the poor are becoming more poorer,” Malema expressed. “Therefore there’s going to be something that looks like an Arab Spring. That, we are guaranteed.”
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Like recent protests in Sri Lanka prompted by the ravages of Environmental, Social and Governance policies that drove inflation to over 50 percent and worsened already taxed supply chains from the pandemic, the South African people are experiencing economic turmoil with unemployment, throttled energy resources, and 13-year high inflation, according to the Daily Mail.
However, unlike those protests that targeted the ruling government, Malema contended it would be white people that his fellow citizens would unleash their ire on.
“When the unled revolution comes… the first target is going to be white people,” the EFF leader stated before adding that “black elites” would also be at risk.
The party leader, who’s been charged with hate speech in the past and has been considered by some to be the “Hitler of South Africa,” said in 2018, “I’m saying to you, we’ve not called for the killing of white people, at least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”
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“If things are going the way they are there will be a revolution in this country,” he added at the time. “I can tell you now. There will be an unled revolution in this country, and an unled revolution is the highest form of anarchy.”
Sackur asked if blame for fomenting aggression could be placed on Malema, but the leader argued that what they were seeing in South Africa was a “picnic” compared to if he were leading a revolution.
“I’ve engaged in democratic ways of trying to resolve problems in South Africa. Those who are scared of our ideas try to create an impression of very violent people. We are not,” he further claimed. “We are not responsible for any single violent activity that has happened in South Africa.”
Malema’s claim of a potential “Arab Spring” event in politically charged nation were shared by former South African President Thabo Mbeki who said recently, “One of my fears is that one of these days, we’re going to have our own version of the Arab Spring.”
Meanwhile, according to Reuters, the current President of South Africa and head of the African National Congress (ANC) party Cyril Ramaphosa said, “The ANC today is its weakest and most vulnerable since the advent of democracy. Our weaknesses are evident in the distrust, the disillusionment, the frustration that is expressed by many people towards our movement and government.”
Ramaphosa rose to power in July 2021 after then-President Jacob Zuma had been arrested on charges of contempt of court. Malema had been a member of the ANC until his hate speech convictions, most notably for use of the anti-white song, “Shoot the Boer,” led him to founding the EFF. As Sackur noted, the EFF managed to garner around 10% of the vote and currently hold 44 seats in parliament.
Their apparent anti-white sentiments remain evidently in line with the ANC government which has been criticized for enacting laws targeting white farmers via land seizures.
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