2011 06 20
AfriForum intensifies and internationalises campaign against Malema
AfriForum decided to intensify and extend its campaign to the international community to call Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League, to accountability. This decision followed after it became clear to AfriForum, after the ANC Youth League’s congress, that the lack of leadership in the ANC created a void which gave Malema free reign to establish himself as new face of the ANC.
According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, the weakness which ANC leaders display by hesitating to act against Malema, has contributed to give Malema a false sense of invincibility. “Civil rights organisations such as AfriForum will now have to prove to Malema, through intensified action and public support, that he isn’t untouchable and that his provocative statements and ideas will eventually have to bow the knee before justice and righteousness,” Kriel said.
According to Kriel, AfriForum will extend and intensify its “stop Malema” campaign to include, among other things, the following:
· AfriForum will launch an international campaign to ensure that Malema becomes an even greater embarrassment to the ANC in the eyes of the international community. A short documentary film and book entitled “From Mandela to Malema” will soon be released by AfriForum. Malema’s own words will be used to expose the racist intolerance of the current ANC, and the film and book will be distributed to all embassies in the country, the United Nations and international media.
· AfriForum will intensify its attempts to use South Africa’s laws to call Malema to accountability. Besides AfriForum’s current equality court case against Malema, criminal charges will now also be laid against Malema’s security company for illegally displaying heavy calibre guns and the illegal use of sirens and flashing lights on Malema’s private security vehicles. If the government refuses to act against Malema and his security firm, private prosecution will be considered.
· AfriForum will continue to request the public to act with self-control and not to allow Malema’s statements to provoke them to careless action. People, who as a result of Malema’s statements, fear for their safety and property, will rather be motivated to become constructively involved at their respective community safety initiatives within the confines of the law.
· AfriForum’s internet campaign to mobilise the public against Malema’s polarising remarks, will continue at www.stopmalema.co.za and the “stop Malema” Facebook group. Approximately 46 000 members have already joined this Facebook group.