The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Monday defended Julius Malema’s statements about Indians, saying the party would never apologise for condemning oppression.
“Each time we come across the suffering and oppression of our people, we shall not mince our words, nor tiptoe around false minority feelings,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.
“When Africans in many townships explode in xenophobic violence against Pakistanis and other Africans from the continent, we condemn them.
“Equally, the racism that African people suffer in the hands of many Indian businesses and families must be condemned and must come to an end.”
During the EFF’s fourth-year birthday celebrations at Curries Fountain Stadium in Durban on Saturday, Malema said Indian people are “worse than Afrikaners”.
“This is not an anti-Indian statement, it’s the truth. Indians who own shops don’t pay our people, but they give them food parcels,” Malema told thousands of supporters.
Following the statement, controversial Durban businessman and former advisor to President Jacob Zuma, Schabir Shaik, said Malema “is misinformed”.
Shaik was released on medical parole in 2009 after being convicted on charges of fraud in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
“This fool is misinformed and does not have any insight with regard to business ownership in KZN. Why does he not talk about Huletts and other big, white capital and business in the province,” Shaik asked.
Ndlozi dismissed Shaik’s criticism, saying Shaik should rather focus on his “fake illness” before the political party “call for his parole to be reviewed”.