Friday, April 09, 2010

South Africans can't understand the coincidence between race and inequality

"They can insult us here from air-conditioned offices in Sandton. We are unshaken," he said, referring to the wealthy suburb of Johannesburg.

BBC television journalist Jonah Fisher said Malema himself lives in Sandton. Malema's eyes got big and he blew up.

"Don't come here with that white tendency ... undermining blacks!" Malema shouted. He insulted Fisher's manhood, called for security officers to throw the reporter out and said: "Go out, bastard! You bloody agent."

SHOOT: Hence it must be someone's fault. If you're entitled to be wealthy but aren't, who can you find that is to blame? That's just too easy.
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African National Congress  youth league leader Julius Malema points  at a BBC television journalist  Jonah Fisher in this image taken from TV at a pre

JOHANNESBURG – A white politician stormed out of a live TV debate about race relations and a black leader of the ruling African National Congress threw racial epithets at a journalist he kicked out of a news conference.

The fallout in South Africa is ongoing after Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the once-feared AWB paramilitary group, was bludgeoned to death on his farm on April 3, revealing strained race relations 16 years after apartheid collapsed and Nelson Mandela became president, urging all races to come together.

"How on earth did SA get from Mandela to this guy??" wrote one poster on YouTube, along side a clip of the press conference that had more than 10,000 views.

"It does really highlight the fact that race relations in our country are an unresolved issue," said Chris Maroleng, the journalist who was host of Wednesday night's TV show. "Eugene Terreblanche's death has opened up a lot of unhealed wounds and unresolved issues in terms of race."

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