The ex-EFF member and co-founder of the party says he’s always warned that Julius Malema’s hatred of white people is potentially genocidal.
Businessman and former politician Kenny Kunene, speaking to The Citizen, said he was unsurprised to hear EFF leader Julius Malema’s racially explosive rhetoric today in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.
Speaking outside the city’s magistrates’ court, where Malema appeared under a law from the 1950s for his alleged incitement of his followers to occupy vacant land, the EFF commander-in-chief said white people had no claim to land. He also appeared to make a rather sinister joke that “we are not going to slaughter white people … for now”.
“We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now … The rightful owners of the land are black people. No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in SA and the whole of the African continent‚” Malema said.
Kunene, originally a co-founder of the EFF in 2013 with Floyd Shivambu and Malema, said that he had been warning South Africa against Malema and his “hatred of white people” for years, but he had not been taken seriously. Kunene said that he now felt vindicated again. He had earlier come out to criticise Malema for saying he wanted to take over the ANC in the future and rebrand it as something new in partnership with the EFF.
“This is part of why I left the EFF. Malema used to make it clear how much he hates white people. He used to say the plan was to use white people and their resources to build the EFF until it could take power.
“‘Then when we are in power, we take everything from them.’