Users of the popular social media platform ‘X,’ formerly known as ‘Twitter,’ have expressed strong opposition to Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen’s announcement of filing a case with the UN Human Rights Commission against EFF leader Julius Malema.
The case is in response to Malema’s alleged ‘incitement to commit mass murder.’ In their critique, users have pointed out the controversial actions of the DA in the aftermath of the 2021 July Unrest in Phoenix.
Controversial Phoenix Posters:
One of the points raised by social media users in their criticism of the DA is regarding the party’s posters that were displayed in Phoenix shortly after the 2021 July Unrest.
The posters, which have sparked outrage, are seen as problematic due to their messages and implications.
Malema’s “Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer” Song:
During the EFF’s 10th-anniversary celebration at the FNB Stadium, Julius Malema led the party in singing the controversial song, “kill the Boer, kill the farmer.”
The song’s content and its implications have drawn sharp criticism from various quarters, including users on social media platform ‘X.’
Racial Undertones in the Phoenix Murders:
The Phoenix township, north of Durban, witnessed the murder of 35 people during the 2021 unrest, leading to the arrest of 36 suspects.
Police Minister Bheki Cele acknowledged the racial undertones in the murders, as the victims were not engaged in illegal activities but were merely walking in the neighborhood.
DA’s Response and Accusations:
While many political parties condemned the murders and racist actions in Phoenix, the DA faced severe backlash for its response.
The party’s posters, which referred to some individuals as heroes, were perceived by many as an endorsement of the mass murder of black South Africans, further fueling the public’s criticism.
Calls for a Decisive Stance on Racism:
In light of the DA’s actions and responses, analysts and social media users have called for the party to take a decisive stance against racism.
The perceived lack of condemnation and action in certain instances has raised concerns and added to the growing criticism agains
t the party’s leadership.
The controversy surrounding the DA’s reaction to Malema’s alleged incitement and its response to the racially motivated murders in Phoenix has sparked intense discussions on social media platform ‘X.’
Many users have voiced their displeasure and are calling for a more proactive approach to address racism and divisive actions in South Africa.
The situation remains contentious, with ongoing debates about the party’s responsibility and the need for unity in the country.
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