Accuses them of racism, exploiting their African workers
EFF leader Julius Malema has angered Indian communities by accusing them of racism, exploiting their African workers and mono-
polising the province’s economy.
Malema made the statement while addressing thousands of EFF supporters who packed Currie’s Fountain Stadium in Durban for the party’s fourth anniversary celebration yesterday.
Reacting to Malema’s comments, the Indian dominated KwaZulu-Natal-based Minority Party threatened to approach the SA Human Rights Commission because the statement “was likely to reignite racial tension in the province”.
Malema said he was not prepared to nurse the feelings of Indians. Malema also took a swipe at ANC leaders in KZN, accusing them of being in the pockets of Indian business people in exchange for lucrative government tenders.
Malema said he learnt about the plight of the African people when he was doing door-to-door campaigns across the province to mobilise for the anniversary.
“They don’t pay our people. The Indians who are owning shops don’t pay our people.
“They pay them with food parcels. We want minimum wage, even in the Indian shops. Our people must be paid minimum wage.
“When you are black and you have a domestic worker pay them minimum wage and treat them properly. If you are an Indian and you have a shop, treat our people properly,” Malema said.
Malema said some Indians had captured the ANC and other KZN-based political parties, and used this as free will to mistreat black workers by paying them with food parcels instead of the minimum wage.