Malema adds to the 'Rhodes must fall' chorus

30 March 2015 - 02:02 By Shenaaz Jamal


Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema yesterday urged students to eradicate "all symbols of apartheid", adding that they must also take "a practical role" in the demolition of statues of Cecil John Rhodes. "It's not a small thing ... that's an onslaught against white supremacy," he told EFF student delegates from 103 institutions of higher learning meeting at the University of Witwatersrand yesterday."It is that statue that continues to inspire [white people] to think they are a superior race. It is through the collapsing of these types of symbols that the white minority will begin to appreciate that there is nothing superior about them," he said."We collapse Rhodes today and collapse all other symbols and then begin to educate the white minority that 'you are not superior, you are equal'."Ordinarily, you must be under us because as visitors you must always behave, you can't expect to be a visitor in my house and want to be superior to me." The University of Cape Town senate voted on Friday to remove Rhodes' statue from its campus. The campaign spread to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where students threw white paint at a statue of King George.The EFF student delegates were attending a two-day summit to establish a "student command" that would result in student representation at regional, provincial and national level of the party.Malema slammed the S A Students Congress , accusing it of failing students by aligning itself with the ANC. He vowed to replace it with an autonomous student structure. He advocated free education and presented that as the key mandate of the EFF student representatives.

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