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Video: Song about murdering white farmers sung in stadium packed with South African Marxists
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Video: Song about murdering white farmers sung in stadium packed with South African Marxists

South Africa's Marxist-Leninist political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend.

After the radical group's demagogic leader emphasized, "We are with President Putin. ... We are Putin, and Putin is us, and ... we are not with the USA," Julius Malema led nearly 100,000 of his followers in singing the anti-white hate song, "Dubul' ibhunu," known as "Shoot to kill, kill the Boer, kill the farmer."

Video of the bloodthirsty chant at the FNB Stadium, complete with gun sounds, has gone viral, prompting outrage and concern from the world's richest man, South African Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who wrote, "They are openly pushing for genocide of white people in South Africa."

The controversial song is about gunning down Boers, the white descendants of the Dutch-speaking Free Burghers who settled South Africa between the 17th and 19th centuries. "Boer" means "farmer" in both Dutch and Afrikaans.

Judge Colin Lamont of the South Gauteng High Court barred Malema from singing the song in 2011, noting it undermined Afrikaners' dignity, reported the Mail and Guardian.

Although the Western press has largely downplayed the phenomenon, in recent years, Afrikaners appear to have been targeted in an escalating series of murders, rapes, and other attacks.

The Guardian reported that in the wake of the ruling, the African National Congress promised to stop singing the hate song.

Malema, who had been expelled from the ANC and seeks to seize farmland without compensating victims, continued to sing the song but purportedly changed "Shoot the Boer" to "Kiss the Boer."

However, when Malema publicly slipped up last year, AfriForum, a large advocacy group for Afrikaners, took the matter to the Equality Court in Johannesburg.

South Africa's Independent Online reported that the court ruled the song was neither hate speech nor incitement, claiming "liberation songs should not be interpreted literally."

Despite the court's assessment, Malema appeared quite literal when he told BBC's "Hardtalk" program last July, "When the unled revolution comes ... the first target is going to be white people," and when he stated in 2016, "White minorities be warned. We will take our land. It doesn't matter how. It's coming, unavoidable. The land will be taken by whatever means necessary."

Ernst Roets, chief executive for strategy and international relations at AfriForum, said Judge Edwin Molahlehi's ruling "proved how the political order in South Africa is becoming radicalised, especially against minorities. A political order where the incitement and romanticisation of violence against minorities is sanctioned by the judiciary is not a free, democratic order, but an oppressive order."

AfriForum has appealed the judgment, and the Supreme Court of Appeal is set to hear the case later this year.

Roets said of the EFF chant over the weekend, "The question is whether the singing of the song 'Kill the boer, kill the farmer' is indeed hate speech. Given the fact that the case is still sub judice and in the process of going to court, Malema has no right to sing the song."

John Steenhuisen, leader of the Democratic Alliance — which serves as official opposition to the ruling African National Congress — indicated his party would file charges at the U.N. Human Rights Council after Malema's recent stunt.

"The DA recently forced the South African government to live up to its international responsibility to comply with warrants issued by the International Criminal Court," said Steenhuisen. "We will now do the same to force it to act against Malema."

Steenhuisen suggested Malema has violated at least three U.N. charters, including Article 3 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which makes it a punishable offense to direct and publicly incite people to commit mass murder on the basis of their identity, reported the Independent Online.

The DA leader said on Twitter, "Julius Malema has resurrected the demon of hatred, division and ethnic violence in South Africa. He is determined to ignite the civil war our country narrowly averted in the 1990s. The DA will not look away. We are confronting this bloodthirsty tyrant head-on."

Helen Zille, former chairperson of the Federal Council of the DA and former premier of the Western Cape, wrote, "Malema calls for the murder of citizens based on race. We all know what he means by boer/farmer. If a white leader called for the shooting of black ppl, s/he would, rightly, be in jail. But SA is the land of double standards."

Whereas some have taken issue with a crowd of over 90,000 making gun sounds and calling for the Boer to be killed, EFF chairman Dali Mpofu called the celebration "[t]ear-jerking stuff!"

That Mpofu would be moved by the event is unsurprising given how the EFF's founding manifesto reads like a work of Western "antiracist" agitprop.

The manifesto states, "The EFF is a radical, leftist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement with an internationalist outlook anchored by popular grassroots formations and struggles. ... The EFF draws inspiration from the gallant fight those who came before us have mounted, generation after generation, against the superior firepower of the colonists. The EFF intend to elevate this resistance to a decisive victory to vindicate the justness of the cause of liberation wars and to pay tribute to all those who perished fighting for the liberation of the African people."

Despite opposing European colonizers and imperialists, the EFF "draws inspiration" from European political philosophies.

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