The most contentious politician in South Africa is making all the major headlines this week – and he’s even got two political opponents fighting against each other. A DA shadow minister has blasted the ANC for failing to take action against Julius Malema, after he made a direct threat towards serving police officers on Sunday.

AfriForum has since filed criminal charges against Juju, following his call for EFF supporters to ‘fight SAPS officers in their homes’. However, the government is yet to act – despite a damning statement being issued by Bheki Cele this week.

Is the ANC scared of Julius Malema?

The Police Minister said Malema ‘crossed the line’ with his latest utterance. But the perceived lack of action has put a few noses out of joint. The DA is particularly annoyed with the ANC, accusing them of being ‘terrified’ to act against the political firebrand. Should the ruling party fail to lay their own charges, Andrew Whitfield says the opposition will instead:

“The ANC government appears terrified to act against Malema in spite of numerous incidents of incitement, threats, and violent rhetoric towards South African citizens, businesses, and now the State. It has been more than 48 hours since Malema issued his threat and Police Minister Bheki Cele has done nothing.”

“Minister Cele MUST convert his words into action and lay charges against Malema. If he is too afraid to do so, the DA will. We cannot stand by and allow the hard-working members of the SAPS and their families to be threatened in this manner. Our policemen and policewoman deserve better. The DA will stand up for their rights.”

Andrew Whitfield

Police officers reach out for support

The impact that Julius Malema’s bellicose rhetoric has had on the policing community cannot be understated. After complaining about the treatment EFF supporters received from SAPS during protests in Brackenfell, the 39-year-old willingly turned up the heat. But trade union Solidarity wants protections in place for officers who have been threatened:

“Solidarity was overwhelmed by police members from across the country who expressed their shock, upset and total indignation at Malema’s words and threats. It is unacceptable that a political leader who has taken an oath to respect and respect the Constitution and other legislation of the country, is behaving in such a violent way towards the police.”

Solidarity statement

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Presh JM Reporter

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