Trevor Noah endorses Julius Malema’s statements on xenophobia

Trevor Noah agrees with EFF leader Julius Malema's statements on xenophobia in SA.
Trevor Noah agrees with EFF leader Julius Malema's statements on xenophobia in SA.
Image: Instagram/ Trevor Noah

Xenophobia in SA has again reared its ugly head and garnered disapproval from many African nations.

Our sister publication TimesLIVE reported that EFF leader Julius Malema recently spoke out against the wave of xenophobic attacks that have broken out across the country, saying “only a united Africa can resolve the problems that have troubled the continent for centuries”.

On Monday, comedian Trevor Noah took to social media to agree with Malema's call for peace on the continent.

Noah said while he did not always share Malema's views, he agreed with his statement on the attacks.

In a video, Malema can be heard saying: “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.

“They’re 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.”

Malema said it was a myth that foreigners were stealing jobs and opportunities.

“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.”

Malema said violence was unjustifiable and added that not “even a white person who has committed genocide, not even [former president Frederik Willem] de Klerk, deserves to be stoned like that.”

He called on citizens to let the law take its course.

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