Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters
(EFF), has kicked off his election campaign in KwaZulu-Natal with a bang.
KwaZulu-Natal has been a historically treacherous
battleground for the EFF. The area, a stronghold of the ruling African National
Congress (ANC), rebuffed the Red Berets’ efforts in 2014, awarding Malema and
his band of revolutionaries a paltry 1.85% of the provincial vote.
Julius Malema and ‘Aw Dubul’
Contention in the province has, however, only sought to
embolden Malema’s efforts in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. With the
campaign trail heating up for all major political parties, Malema, on Monday, entered
the lion’s den, hoping to woo disenfranchised voters.
In the rural settlement of eNseleni, north of Richards Bay, Malema whipped a crowd of supporters into a frenzy, when he put his own spin on infamous apartheid-era struggle song, ‘Aw Dubul’
Through the years, Malema has, on numerous occasions, landed himself in hot water for his racially charged utterances. In the last decade, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has ruled, on more than one occasion, that the enigmatic EFF leader violated the Constitution of South Africa by singing ‘Aw Dubul’ibhunu’ – a song now deemed as hate speech. The war cry “shoot the boer – the farmer” is considered, legally, to incite violence. As such, Malema has had to get creative.
Watch: Malema tells crowd to ‘kiss the boer’
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 15, 2019
Not willing to abandon his revolutionary rhetoric, which
involves espousing radical calls for land grabs, Malema has discovered, and
exploited, a legal loophole which allows him to sing ‘Aw Dubul’ibhunu’ to his
On Monday morning, Malema, once again, broke out into song,
with the crowd gathered at kwaTsheka Sports Ground, joining him in unison. While
dancing on stage, Malema sang:
“Shoot to kill. Kiss the boer – the farmer.”