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‘I’m not scared of death, I died a long time ago’: Julius Malema

18 February 2022 - 11:08
Red berets leader Julius Malema in the witness stand at the equality court in Johannesburg during a hate speech case brought by AfriForum.
Red berets leader Julius Malema in the witness stand at the equality court in Johannesburg during a hate speech case brought by AfriForum.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

EFF leader Julius Malema told the equality court in Johannesburg on Thursday he is not afraid of death as he had died “a long time ago”.

He was testifying in the hate speech case brought by lobby group AfriForum relating to the singing of Dubul’ ibhunu at EFF events. 

In a heated exchange with AfriForum’s legal representative Mark Oppenheimer, Malema said he was not afraid to die.

“I’m not scared of death. I don’t know why I’m still alive, I died a long time ago. I am not scared of killing. A revolutionary is a walking killing machine. If a need arises I will kill, especially in defence of my people,” said Malema. 

He said while SA had won political power in 1994, economic power was yet to be realised.

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Oppenheimer put it to Malema that white people who are victims of farm murders and attacks were also victims and were traumatised by chants such as “kill the Boer, kill the farmer”.

The firebrand leader responded by lamenting the erasure of the generational trauma of black South Africans who suffered during apartheid.

“The trauma of two people is called ‘real trauma’. A trauma of my parents who had to pick up dead bodies in Soweto of children who went to school and came back dead, the children killed in the 1980s and 1990s. That is not called ‘real trauma’. Real trauma is white, it has colour,” he said, before continuing to relay his personal trauma from living during apartheid. 


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