Greetings, Mr Malema
Your Youth Day address, where you used your public platform to highlight one of the great evils in this country, that Indians hate blacks and that the majority of Indians are racist, has sparked major debate across the country and polarised these two communities.
LETTER - Mr Malema, as a former resident of Chatsworth, I can confirm that racism does indeed exist in that community, as well as in other Indian communities.
But our forefathers who came here more than 158 years ago did not arrive here hating black people. The system of apartheid is what taught them to see black people as inferior to them.
I must admit that I myself may embody racist tendencies, but I will not apologise for that. As a child I was raised in the apartheid era. As a child I learnt from my elders and parents.
But what I can say is that I am less racist than my parents and my 12-year-old son does not see colour.
Mr Malema, it is said that it will take decades to dismantle the devastating effects of apartheid, but you somehow expect the Indian community to achieve this overnight. It is a process.
But what I want to hone home in on is the numerous posts about Indians in KwaZulu-Natal (Chatsworth and Phoenix), where residents are accused of treating domestic workers like dogs. Businessmen are accused of treating blacks as sub-human and of underpaying them.
One of your high-ranking EFF members, Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi, seems to have a handle on the situation on the ground, although she does not live in KZN and I doubt whether she has ever been to Chatsworth or Phoenix.
Hlengiwe says: “They treat our mothers as part of their dogs. Some of the domestic workers, their plates are not allowed to be inside the house, but outside where the dogs’ plates are kept… especially Ethekwini… don’t be cowards ...”
Mkhaliphi had a picture of a burnt limb of a person, alleging that an Indian business owner had thrown petrol on that person and set them alight.
The picture created is that the Indian residents and businessmen of Chatsworth and Phoenix are guilty of gross human rights violations.
If this is indeed the case, then I’m fully supportive of you and your comments.
I suggest we teach the Indian communities and businessmen of KZN a lesson.
Let’s stop the abuse, right here, right now.
I’m willing to work with you to bring about change.
Let’s go to the black townships and informal settlements around Chatsworth and Phoenix, and you can speak to the residents directly.
I suggest that you give the same speech about how Indians hate blacks and how the majority of Indians are racist, because the majority of people in the informal settlements cannot afford electricity and therefore do not have televisions to have watched your inspirational speech.
We will tell the thousands who march into Chatsworth and Phoenix daily for work to go on strike.
We will tell them not to work for these ungrateful Indians who illtreat and underpay them.
We will tell them not to work for the madam who treats them like a dog and keeps their plate outside with those of the dogs.
We must say enough is enough.
We will get them to march to the Chatsworth stadium and sit there every day as a protest.
These Indians must know that you don’t need them to survive.
Yes, these people will be without an income and will be unable to feed their families and it will be hard to find employment, but we will convince them that it is these sorts of sacrifices that are needed to emancipate themselves.
I believe that this mass action will have the desired effect of ridding our country of racist Indians who ill-treat and undermine black people.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Madhevan Moodley is a former Chatsworth resident who performs as Karou Charou