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‘I will be the president of this country’: Malema tells AfriForum

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed to be elected South Africa’s next president in the near future — whether AfriForum likes it or not.

AfriForum vs EFF

Malema was back at the Equality Court in Johannesburg on Thursday to testify in the hate speech AfriForum brought against him, his party and EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for allegedly singing the controversial fight song. Dubul’ibhunuwhich translates to “shoot the farmer” or “kill the farmer”.

The EFF leader was asked by counsel during the cross-examination to: AfriForumMark Oppenheimer, whether he thought his party would be elected to government, given that the Red Berets received just 10.8% of the vote in the 2019 general election and currently do not control municipalities.

“My point to you is that, as far as I understand, your party got about 10% of the vote. [As] it stands, it holds no possibility of ever being elected to government. For example, do you currently have congregations?” Oppenheimer asked Malema.

“I’m going to be the president of this country whether you like it or not,” Malema replied when asked.

He added: “And I will chair the affairs of this country, including you. I think you have to start adjusting to that reality. The sooner you do that, the less chest pain you’ll have when that reality comes.”

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‘Racist chest pain’

When asked by Oppenheimer what chest pain he was referring to, Malema said “racist chest pain”.

But Oppenheimer insisted that without significant electoral support, the EFF stood no chance of electing its leader as president of South Africa.

Malema, however, did not want to hear about it and reiterated his opinion that AfriForum was a racist organization.

The EFF leader said in response: “The party you represent doesn’t have a percentage you can talk about because it will never even try. Our people will reject a racist party like you represent.”

He said that with the 10% the EFF had, it was able to bring the ruling ANC’s national support below 50% in last year’s local government elections.

“You may think 10% is insignificant, but it is a very large percentage and we are the only party growing in South Africa of the three parties, we have never refused an election before.”

Judge Edwin Molahlehi intervened during the heated argument, asking Oppenheimer about the relevance of his question in the hate speech case, which he admitted was irrelevant.

“Whether this party is going to win the election or not, I’m not sure how relevant that is and it looks like it will hold us for a while… and we’re going in circles,” Molahlehi said.

“Then I won’t hammer on it, my lord,” said Oppenheimer.

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AfriForum filed a civil suit against the EFF in 2020 after accusing the party and its leaders of committing hate speech for singing the battle song Dubul’ibhunu

The organization believes the song incites hatred based on race and ethnicity, and is an incitement to cause harm.

The lobby group wants the Equality Court to order the EFF and its leaders to apologize publicly and pay R500,000 in damages for singing the song.

This is not the first time that AfriForum has challenged the singing of the song in the Equal Opportunities Court.

In 2010, Malema was found guilty of hate speech for singing the song when he was then president of the ANC Youth League.

AfriForum has accused Malema and the EFF of violating the 2010 court order.

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