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Lawyer of Afriforum is doppelgänger of Jan van Riebeeck: Twitter responds



Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, testified in the Equality Court in Johannesburg last week.

Malema is charged with hate speech along with party MP and former spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for allegedly singing the anti-apartheid anthem Dubul’ibhunu which translates to “shoot the Boer” or “kill the Boer”.

Malema and supporters of the party sang the song outside court in Senekal, Free State, during bail applications from suspects charged with the murder of farm manager Brendin Horner.

AfriForum wants a public apology and demands that the EFF pay R500,000 to a non-governmental organization that fights hate.

The party’s commander-in-chief did not disappoint with his razor-sharp wit and equally scathing views on the witness stand.

However, it was AfriForum’s lawyer who rocked social media because of the lawyer’s uncanny resemblance to the first Dutch settler in South Africa, Jan Van Riebeeck.

Mark Oppenheimer has been the subject of countless memes and posts because he appears to be a copy of Jan Van Riebeeck.

Image: Facebook

Oppenheimer also happens to be pursuing a civil case against Malema on behalf of the loyal Afrikaans lobby group AfriForum.

The importance of this case against the alleged Afrikaaner hatred being persecuted by a Jan Van Riebeeck lookalike at a time when the effects of colonialism are no longer being condoned has not been lost on social media users either.

While the judge has yet to decide whether Malema’s songs can incite violence against Africans, the public opinion court appears to favor the EFF CIC, with many concluding that malema “swept the floor with Oppenheimer.”

compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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