Andile Mngxitama, has claimed that his recent controversial comments were “distorted,” implying a bias towards “white fears” in South Africa as an underlying cause.
On Tuesday, 11 December 2018, Black First Land First (BLF) leader, Andile Mngxitama, told Political Analysis South Africa that, “White people are simply agitated and unfortunately the responses we’ve seen from some of the institutions such as the Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed that they are lap dogs of white fears.”
Mngxitama’s comments follows a recently released video clip which shows him pressing his followers to kill white people and their pets, should black people find themselves in the position where they are being killed or attacked.
In response, a large amount of complaints were made towards the Human Rights Commission, with many claiming Hate Speech on part of the BLF leader
The party leader has since claimed that there was, “a concerted effort to distort what was said by removing the context,” claiming that his remarks were in response and in defence towards South African entrepreneur Johann Rupert’s statements in a recent and controversial interview.
In this interview, the business man claimed that he has his “own army”, citing the Black Taxi Association that he claimed would protect him “when those red guys [The EFF] come.”
“Do you know that people get killed in the taxi industry? It’s not hyperbole, it’s not an abstract, it’s not a figure of speech,” Mngxitama said, stating that he is not worried about the complaints made towards Commission as nothing he has said is purportedly illegal.
Drawing from the high level of media attention received for his contentious speech, Andile then went on to expand on how, “white fears are made law in this country” using the Freedom Front Plus’s (VF) alleged threat of civil war should land expropriation take place and the reportedly apathetic response to this from the SAHRC, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and the media.
“It’s a very short story. You kill black people, we kill you. You don’t like that? Tough. Don’t kill us. If you don’t like that, do not kill us,” the BLF leader concluded.