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Julius Malema: We Collapse Rhodes Today, Then Collapse All Other Symbols of Apartheid

Still an Inconvenient YouthEconomic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addressed students at the University of the Witwatersrand recently on the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue and other symbols of “white supremacy”.

The subject of Fiona Forde’s book, Still an Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema Carries On, said: “If there is a symbol of apartheid that you don’t do anything about, you must know that you are not contributing to the struggle for emancipation.”

Malema urged students to “remain steadfast” in their demands, unlike the Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi who “wants to be a big politician and nothing comes out of it”.

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Malema said the students’ protests were an onslaught against white supremacy.

“It’s through collapsing of these types of symbols that white minority will begin to appreciate that there is nothing superior about them.

“So, one step into a corrective direction is a very important step and, therefore, should never be questioned when Rhodes falls.

“It’s not an event, it’s a process. We collapse Rhodes today, then collapse all other symbols and begin to educate white minority that you are not superiors and that you are equals.”

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