Malema, members of his ANC Youth League delegation and Zanu-PF supporters sang first President Jacob Zuma’s signature tune “Umshini wami” and then “shoot the boer” after Malema had addressed Zimbabweans on Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono’s Donnington Farm near Norton, about 60km from Harare.
Malema told the small crowd of Zanu-PF supporters and his fellow youth league members: “I am being blamed for the killing of Terre’Blanche because I sang a song. I’m going to be confronted when I get home tomorrow. I will be accused of many other things.
“We sing the song to remember the fallen heroes of the country. We are children of freedom fighters, not children of cowards. We are not in the revolution to impress anybody.” Then he, his delegation and their Zanu-PF allies broke into renditions of the two controversial Struggle songs.
Zimbabwe minister Saviour Kasukuwere then assured Malema that even if he was killed when he got home, the “many Malemas” whom he had inspired would take up the Struggle for him. Malema had earlier visited a platinum mine at Ngezi, about 140km from Harare, which is owned by Zimplats. He and his delegation, and the Zanu-PF officials and supporters with him, had a private meeting with the management. But later, while talking publicly on Gono’s farm, Malema said that the Zanu-PF officials had confronted the Zimplats management in his presence and demanded ownership of the mine.
Malema said it was wrong that the South African company (Implats) that owned Zimplats was itself owned by foreigners and that this situation “needs to be rectified”.
On Monday Malema is due to meet President Robert Mugabe and then to hold a press conference before returning to South Africa.
On Saturday, Malema told The Mercury that the DA was putting his life in danger for linking the “kill the boer” song to Terre’Blanche’s murder.
“It has nothing to do with me. We don’t even know the reason for the workers to attack him… This is a right-wing plot. Anyone who committed this act must be brought to book,” he said.
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said yesterday that the party would consider a moratorium on the song.
Mthembu called on political parties not to use Terre’Blanche’s murder to fan the flames of racial hatred. He also confirmed that internal security arrangements were under review. The Mercury