If the rhetoric of the EFF against journalists, judges and intellectuals does not frighten you, then you clearly have not lived under the spectre of violence. I am not talking about just colonial and apartheid violence, but the carnage that tore the Black community apart in the 1980s. I lost many comrades in that decade.

The killings did not erupt out of nowhere. They started with epithets. They first had to dehumanise the other – like we demonise foreign nationals as amakwerekwere as a prelude to attacking and killing them.

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