“No soldiers on our streets! Otherwise, we are joining” – Julius Malema slams govt idea of involving SANDF in bringing the social unrest in some parts of the country to control.
The South African politician and activist who is a Member of Parliament and the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters said this on Monday through his Twitter page describing the idea as a bad one, he said that if the govt decides not to take a political approach as a solution to the current unrest they will join the protesters on the street.
“No soldiers on our streets! Otherwise, we are joining. All fighters must be ready… they won’t kill us all. We need a political solution to a political problem, not soldiers.#NoToSoldiers”
The EFF leader has taken subtle shots at leaders in the country, asking where they are and if they are scared of their people.
Malema at the weekend took to Twitter to weigh in on the deployment of the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the potential deployment of theSA National Defence Force (SANDF), saying they shouldn’t be the first call.
“You can’t start with SA Police Service or SANDF as the first call,” said Malema.
“The question should be, where are the leaders to speak to their people? Are they scared of their people? And if the answer is yes, the next question should be: why are [they] leaders in the first place?”
You can’t start with @SAPoliceService or @SANDF_ZA as the first call. The question should be: Where are the leaders to speak to their people? Are they scared of their people? And if the answer is yes, the next question should be: why are the leaders in the first place?
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) July 11, 2021
Malema’s post comes amid violent protests across the country. Over the past few days, protesters have been looting and burning buildings.
Rioting broke out in Gauteng at the weekend after days of protests in KwaZulu-Natal linked to the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.
According to the police, over 62 suspects have been nabbed after ongoing riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng at the weekend.
A spokesperson for the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) Col Brenda Muridili said the police arrested 18 suspects in Alexandria.
Sixteen of them were arrested for public violence and also linked to the shooting of a police officer who was rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
“The other two suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and malicious damage to property. This came as police responded to information of a group of people from Alexandra who targeted and forced entry into businesses, and started looting,” said Muridili.
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