In an amoral description of the EFF’s four-year anniversary celebrations, typical of a widespread and relativistic infatuation with the party, Richard Poplak gave Julius Malema’s various comments about Indian South Africans no more than one line in passing, before moving on.

He wrote for the Daily Maverick, "He endorsed the evergreen slogan ‘white monopoly capital’; he decried its appropriation by Bell Pottinger and their idiot mimics; he insisted that ‘Indian monopoly capital’ in KZN had to fall. And so it went."

This is how much of the press reports on Malema.

"Juju at his fiery finest at EFF birthday bash", read the relevant TimesLIVE headline on the occasion. Note the familiar nickname, as if Malema is a personal friend of the paper, and how his racist, inflammatory rhetoric is reduced to a kind of entertainment, and good fun at that. The man is a charmer, and even his hate is endearing. Here is a fuller explosion of what Malema had to say about Indians, during his speech: "Here, in Durban, here in KwaZulu-Natal, everything strategic is given to Indian families. Everything, big tender, is given to Indian families. They are the ones who are owning strategic things here, in KwaZulu-Natal. We don’t have a problem, we are saying to them, ‘share, with our people’. We also want to call upon our fellow Indians, here in Natal, to respect Africans. They are ill-treating them. They are treating them worse than [the] Afrikaners [indistinct]. We don’t want that to continue, here in Natal. This is not [an] anti-Indian statement. It’s the truth."If w...

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