SAJBD condemns racially divisive rhetoric by Malema

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) condemns the latest utterances by EFF Leader Julius Malema against the Indian community. Alana Baranov, the SAJBD representative of the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) notes that “racially divisive rhetoric such as this creates an atmosphere in which hate and discrimination directed towards a certain group of people may flourish and become socially acceptable. We should be working to build bridges between communities, not to tear them down.”


The prevalence of racism in our country is deeply concerning. Politicians should be particularly careful not inflame tensions by singling out any minority for abuse. It is irresponsible, counter-productive, insensitive and a threat to fostering mutual respect and understanding among us.

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