Noah backs Malema on xenophobia warning

Staff Writer | Sep 11, 2019
South African-born comedian Trevor Noah has endorsed Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s warning that when criminals behind the xenophobic attacks are done with targeting foreign nationals, they will turn on South Africans.

Malema said in the short video clip shared by Noah that unemployment in South Africa would still be a problem even if all foreigners left the country.

The attacks on foreigners were ‘barbaric and uncalled for’. He would ‘never even support anyone who wants to stone a white person. It doesn’t matter the amount of disagreements we have.’

Noah said of Malema’s sentiments: ‘I don’t always agree with Julius Malema but this statement on xenophobic attacks in SA is perfect.’

In the video, Malema warns: ‘When you are done with Nigerians, Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Zambians, you are going to go for Shangaans from Giyani. I have to stop you now before you come for me … We are going to be victims.’

Eventually, criminals behind the attacks ‘are going to say, “The reason we don’t have jobs here, is because of these Zulus. They must go back to Natal. Xhosas must go back to Eastern Cape, Shangaans must go back to Limpopo.’ Because there will be no foreigners left to fight.”’

He said foreigners ‘aren’t stealing our jobs’.

‘You are justifying crime and you give it nice names called Xenophobia and Afrophobia. It’s a crime and has to be dealt with as such. I’m not going to join anyone who beats up an African person. I’m not part of that mess. I will never even support anyone who wants to stone a white person. It doesn’t matter the amount of disagreements we have.’

The law should take its course, he said, adding: ‘It is not a Nigerian, it is not a Zimbabwean who killed Uyinene [Mrwetyana, the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student who was raped and killed allegedly by a 42-year-old employee at a Cape Town post office]. It is us, South African men.’

 

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