World Africa Day was also celebrated in South Africa. And there will have been a lot of talk about racism and tolerance in a country where millions of Africans from all over the continent live and are regularly victims of xenophobic violence. Among the politicians who rose up against this xenophobia on Thursday was Julius Malema, leader of the radical left wing, the Fighters for Economic Freedom (EFF), who called for more respect.
This is one of the first times that Julius Malema also clearly condemns xenophobic violence. Speaking to his supporters, he criticized the latest wave of violence in February, including targeting the Nigerian community.
We are poor because we are not united, “hurled Julius Malema,” respect one another: “Why do you want the whites to respect you when you call your own African brothers and sisters of the Kwere Kwere, foreigners. And when you look at a white man, you call him an investor. Our Somali brothers who have stalls in the townships are regularly attacked. And yet you do not go into wholesale stores owned by whites. “
An ambivalent speech calling for more respect among Africans while condemning the white monopoly on the economy. A balancing exercise. Malema knows that the majority of his poor electorate is complaining about the number of foreigners in the country they accuse of taking the work of South Africans.