South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), its main radical left rival, of inciting hatred during a recent rally. Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, sang a controversial anti-apartheid chant, “Kill the Boer, the Farmer,” during the gathering of about 90,000 supporters in Soweto.
The chant references the Boers, who are the descendants of the first Dutch settlers in South Africa. The DA’s leader, John Steenhuisen, condemned Malema’s actions, accusing him of trying to start a civil war and incite mass murder. Steenhuisen described Malema as a “bloodthirsty tyrant” and criticized the EFF for not commenting on the matter.
The DA plans to file a complaint against Malema for his provocative actions and rhetoric. Malema’s EFF has been actively seeking alliances with other opposition parties to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections next year. However, the DA has rejected any alliance with the EFF, stating that they do not share the same values and principles.
The political landscape in South Africa is becoming increasingly competitive, and the ANC, which has been in power since the end of apartheid, faces the possibility of losing its parliamentary majority and the presidency for the first time. As the opposition parties gear up for the crucial elections, tensions between rival factions are escalating, making any potential coalitions difficult to form at this time.
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