Malema's comments 'could incite violence'

The EFF leader Malema made controversial statements in an interview with Al Jazeera.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) says comments made by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, to remove government through the barrel of a gun, could incite violence.

Malema made the controversial statements in an interview with Al Jazeera. The EFF leader said he would do anything in his power to remove the African National Congress (ANC) if it continued to react violently to peaceful protests.

The interview aired last night.

Sanco says Malema should face disciplinary action in Parliament for his comments.

The organisations Jabu Mahlangu said, "If you make a statement of this nature, it is very reckless, we can only reject such a statement."

In the interview, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Malema was asked what he meant by taking up arms. "He said 'literally', I mean literally, the barrel of a gun."

Ndlozi said people should be afforded the right to protest without being intimidated or shot at by police.

"Each time people protest, each time they demand services, you go and kill them. If you do that, you must know we will be prepared to take up arms."

The party warned of potential conflict if the upcoming local government elections are rigged.

Meanwhile, Sanco last week slammed Malema for calling on black people to have more babies, saying the comment is irresponsible and ignores the plight of poor black people.

Malema called on black people to reproduce for their legacy to remain dominant, then accused white people of discouraging this so that they can take over politically.

Sanco said that statement ignored the importance of family planning in human development and will push poor people into further poverty if they heed his call.