Malema Silenced

Malema sang the banned “Shoot the Boer” song in Zimbabwe during the Easter Holiday together with his Zanu PF counterparts he had visited as part of a familirisation tour. It is also alleged that Malema and his Zanu PF friends converted the words of the “shoot the Boer” song into “shoot Roy Bennett”.

South Africa recently banned the singing of the song saying it raised racial tensions in the country.

Roy Bennett is  the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Treasurer General facing charges of terrorism and banditry. He is also one of the outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement where President Robert Mugabe is refusing to swear him in as the country’s Deputy Agriculture Minister.

Political analyst David Tavatya told Radio VOP: “The conversion of the Malema song by Zanu PF to denounce Bennett is not in the spirit of the inclusive government, but instead undermines the efforts by the negotiators to reach a political concesus. South Africa is a democratic country and  its good  that they have banned that song which is  racial.”

Terre’blanche’s Afrikaner Resistance Movement and mainstream opposition parties have linked the killing to sentiment fuelled by Malema and his singing of a song from the era of the struggle against apartheid with the words “Kill the Boer”.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has rejected any link between the song and the murder, but President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm two months before South Africa is due to host the soccer World Cup.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe was quoted by the News 24 website on Wednesday as saying he and Zuma had met Malema on Tuesday and told him to stop making inflammatory statements and singing the song — ruled to be hate speech by South African courts.

“There will be very clear outcomes regarding Malema after our conversation with him. People will be able to see the result. The ANC and the youth league will restrain him,” Mantashe was quoted as saying. South African radio also carried the story.

Although markets have largely brushed off the political controversy, questions had been raised in South Africa as to why Zuma did not move more swiftly to restrain Malema from comments of particular concern to minorities.

Terre’blanche, who fought to preserve white rule in the 1990s, was hacked and battered to death on Saturday in what police believe was a dispute over pay with two black farm workers. They were charged with his murder on Tuesday.

His AWB was a fringe party among the 10 percent of whites among South Africa’s 48 million people.