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Anton Taylor After Listening to Julius Malema: We Fear Groups We Have Never Engaged With

The Wisdom of Jozi ShoreBehind the Door“Some people claim it is this fear of the unknown that made Oscar shoot four times, and although I’m not sure about that, I do know that the dread of imagined threats and ruin to come certainly doesn’t allow some of us to enjoy our lives and country as we should,” writes The Wisdom of Jozi Shore author Anton Taylor, going on to say that people live in fear of people “they have never engaged with”.

Taylor recently wrote an emphatic Facebook post after attending an event where Julius Malema addressed the Cape Town Press Club. The EFF leader’s speech impressed Taylor as it showed him that getting out of your house to engage with those you fear, in his case Malema and what he envisions for South Africa’s future, could lead to unexpected wisdom.

“I think that for some Julius becoming president ranks as one of the things in the world they fear most (second to Woolworths closing down),” notes Taylor. “I’m not trying to get all Instagram inspirational quote with a sunset up in here, and not condoning (or condemning) Julius’s views or actions, but the more we talk with each other, the more this paralysing terror will subside.”

For more on the Oscar Pistorius case have a look at Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman’s Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story.

 

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