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Violence monitors raise concerns over Malema's 'attack' rhetoric

EFF leader Julius Malema was filmed telling his members to attack when his meeting was disrupted by Sasco.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addressed Tshwane Uiversity of Technology Students in Soshanguve and a fight erupted between students of his party and Sasco memebers on 26 August 2015. Picture: EFF Official Account ‏@EconFreedomZA

JOHANNESBURG - Violence monitors say the recent rhetoric used by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, and suggestions that African National Congress (ANC)-aligned groups have disrupted his party's meetings, could lead to more conflict between political organisations.

Earlier this week Malema was filmed telling his members to attack when his meeting was disrupted by the ANC-aligned South African Students Congress (Sasco) organisation.

Police eventually fired stun grenades to break up the fight between the rival groups.

Malema has defended his order to attack saying law enforcement takes too long to investigate complaints laid by the party.

Earlier this week the EFF leader showed he has no regrets about giving this order.

"I still use it now, ATTACK! We must attack! Anyone who attacks us we must attack, we'll not retreat."

Violence monitor Mary de Haas says this reflects bigger problems in society.

"The problem is we are a violent society and when one side keeps on attacking the other sooner or later people get fed-up and attack back."

She says this rhetoric can only be dialed down if the police are seen to be acting in a politically neutral manner.