Social media company Twitter has ruled that EFF leader Julius Malema's tweet containing quotes from late Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe did not violated any rules.
This follows growing outrage of Malema's slide show of quotes from Mugabe, including one which read:
“The only white man you can trust is a dead white man."
Rest in power #GUSHUNGO pic.twitter.com/TQk5bQaTKe
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 14, 2019
Various people flagged the video, including DA former leader Tony Leon and DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip, who said it was “dangerously incendiary”.
He also accused the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) of trying to “comply with the wishes of the ANC government”, as opposed to the constitution.
“Malema’s racist invective is not only offensive, unconstitutional and vile, it’s also dangerously incendiary,” said Trollip.
The @SAHRC always flatters only to deceive spectacularly. Because they are conflicted by trying to comply with the wishes of the ANC government and not the constitution. Malema’s racist invective is not only offensive, unconstitutional and vile, it’s also dangerously incendiary.
— Athol Trollip (@AtholT) September 15, 2019
In response to the outrage, Malema posted a note from Twitter telling him that there had been a complaint about his slide show.
However, after investigation, the company found that the content didn't violate any of its rule or applicable laws.
“Accordingly, we have not taken any actions at this time,” the company added.
Stratcom #GUSHUNGO pic.twitter.com/2fNiNPlIDE
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 15, 2019
According to UK publication The Independent, the quote was indeed said by Mugabe and was included in a list of his “most eccentric quotes”, which also included him infamously saying he was better than Jesus because he has “died many times”.
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