“Enough is enough” was the argument after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan layed into EFF leader, Julius Malema at Brooklyn police station on Monday.
This comes after a week of verbal attacks.
Gordhan’s lawyer confirmed to News24 that he had laid charges of criminal defamation and crimen injuria against the EFF leader. Gordhan asked the police to look into incitement of violence.
Speaking to media outside the Brooklyn Police Station after opening the case, the minister said:
I think what we’re saying to South Africans is that we can’t any longer allow the corruption that’s going at all levels in this country to be masked by racism, by personal attacks, by family attacks and of course political attacks as well. So we have decided enough is enough
If you want to argue with us politically that’s fine but once you lie and you attack families, and you propagate these lies widely enough, but you also start dividing South African society then it is totally unacceptable. Because race is a very inflammable factor in South Africa
Things came to a head after Malema launched a scathing attack on Gordhan outside the venue where the minister was testifying before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture last week.
At the time, he called Gordhan “corrupt”, “a dog of white monopoly capital” and claimed Gordhan hated black people.
Footage from this mornings media event has been attached below.
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— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) November 26, 2018