Durban - EFF leader Julius Malema is back in the “doghouse” following his latest rant, against Indians, this past weekend.
Ashin Singh, the convener of the SA Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem), said they would be laying criminal charges against Malema and would take him to the Equality Court over the attack.
This will be the second time Samrem has taken legal action against Malema, after he was taken to task in 2011 for a slur against Indians.
Samrem then laid charges of crimen injuria against him, and the matter was resolved after he apologised.
Malema attacked Indians in KwaZulu-Natal while addressing supporters during the EFF’s fourth anniversary celebration on Saturday.
It was reported that he said Indians had monopolised the economy, accusing them of racism and exploiting African workers.
“How can he be afraid of 1million Indians, of whom only 500 000 are in employment and only 2% in business. We have tried to be nice about the issue, he said this before and he apologised,” said Singh.
ANC member Visvin Reddy said: “He (Malema) has harmed the good work we have been doing to unite people."
“In every society there are people who exploit others, but he has painted the whole community with the same brush."
“He has come to KwaZulu-Natal, the province with the most Indians outside of India, and said this."
“I want to challenge him to a public platform (for debate). The Indian community has done great work in the community, especially in the townships, where they have been building schools."
“With these comments, he has created a further divide between the Indian and the African community,” Reddy said.
Ethekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said Malema’s comments were irresponsible and divisive.