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ANCYL leader Julius Malema meant no offence when he used the word “makula”, which has been translated to mean “c**lie”, it said on Thursday.
“The ANC Youth League understands and appreciates that some members of society could have received the message differently,” the league said in a statement.
It said Malema's remarks on Wednesday were about integrated human settlement and the co-existence of Indians and blacks.
“The ANCYL will therefore not use the word 'makula' to refer to South Africans of Indian origin, because we appreciate and acknowledge that it is not an appropriate word,” it said.
The ANCYL acknowledged that Malema used the phrase “bana ba lena ba tshwanetse ba dumelelwe gore ba tsene sekolo le bana ba makula mona” when addressing residents of Thembelihle, south of Joburg.
“This was in no way meant to be offensive or derogatory.”
Two daily newspapers, Business Day and The Times, translated it as meaning: “Your children must be allowed to go to school with c**lie children.”
The utterance was greeted with outrage.
The Christian Democratic Party said Malema's comment showed the ANC's policy of non-racialism had been scrapped.
“The previous government, often labelled the apartheid regime, 20 years ago scrapped the last racial legislation,” Theunis Botha said in a statement.
“The ANC has over the past 17 years re-introduced numerous racial laws. Surely, it cannot claim to be non-racial,” he said.
The Afrikanerbond said Malema's racial slur demonstrated the intolerance of individuals within the ANC toward minorities.
“The polarisation of South African communities will develop into a hostile climate unless the ANC act drastically and with discipline in their own ranks,” chief secretary Jan Bosman said in a statement.
ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu said the league's commitment to non-racialism was intact and would never be “submerged by the utterances”.
He said the ANCYL's “economic freedom youth mass action” would go ahead as planned in Joburg and Pretoria on October 27 and 28. – Sapa
A true reflection on the overall inadequacies of the current government. Folks wake up , the world does, now and again pay attention.
Oh shame man, just look at the insolence there!
If anyone used the K**er word and said they meant no offense would it be take as lightly as this?
get serious, wrote
Its a pity political debate in South Africa has be reduced to analysing the comments of an imbecile.
@Fana Khumza....Let me explain it in a language you hopefully UNDERSTAND. This idiot Malema is out of control, and the "big Wigs" cannot control the young puppy, so therefore "AfriForum" must try to protect themselves, buy which ever means they have. i.e. the courts. Another thing there MAYBE..."many SA people both Youth and Old who support the idea of land reformation" they are not necessarily the majority, and it is defiantly NOT LEGAL. Send me a little note if you do not understand this, and I'll try something simpler for you.
His vocabulary reflects his mindset!
Despite regular anti-white rants, Shavambu now has the temerity to assert a commitment to non-racism by the YL!!!! Malema and his cronies are living in some sort of parallel universe.
Malema obviously has no understanding of the power of language and words. To use a word that is racially connoted and derogatory, thereby offensive to a specific group of people, shows a lack of wisdom, sensitivity and intelligence. Leaders are supposed to possess these attributes. A leader should also be able to unite different races and cultures, not sow the seeds of division between them or insult specific groups as Malema continuously does with his incendiary rhetoric. In fact to call it rhetoric is incorrect as it would suggest a modicum of intelligence on his part. That this man holds an office is a pretty poor indictment on the discernment of the electorate responsible for putting him there.
Poor little JU JU baby, offcourse you meant no offence, your just a kid on the block who still has a lot to learn, OH! You poor little baby.
Sorry SA Libs but Malema is ANC, ANC is Malema!....VUKA!!
fana Khumza, wrote
I DONT UNDERSTAND this, can somebody clarify it for me, AFRIFORUM, does only exist to SILENCE MALEMA?, if Not what else do they DO, there many SA people both Youth and Old who support the idea of land reformation which the Gov seems Not to like, if they are going charge Malema for each and every word that comes out of his mouth, them many people need to be charged for making Fun of the President's personal life, I think the AFRIFORUM is out to get the ANC but they dont have anything to go on, thats why they use Malema as their Ball, if they have a problem with my comment, they can Go on and Charge me also!!
he ddnt mean 2 offend any 1, dey mus jus deal with it
Says the most racist, derogatory, offensive, aggressive man in the country. Lol.
...1st deny he said thos words....now say he did use them but meant no offence......and now agree the words are a racial slur.....imbeciles!
It's very surprising that there are still people who in favour julius malema
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