The ACDP strongly condemns the vitriolic, dangerous and racist statements made by Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama.
In his rant as he addressed his supporters in Potchefstroom during the time of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Mngxitama said about whites, “We’ll kill their children. We’ll kill their wives....We’ll kill their dogs. We’ll kill their cats.” Mngxitama is an enemy of peace and reconciliation and should be arrested and prosecuted for hate crimes.
At a time when all South Africans should galvanize in coming together to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, crime and the many other socio-economic challenges facing our nation, Mngxitama’s comments are fuel to incite violence and harm on others, based purely on the color of their skin. This hate speech borders on a call to commit genocide and cannot be left unchallenged.
The ACDP appreciates the fact that there are many in South Africa who fought for a fair, just, equitable and non-racial society, one in which all South Africans, irrespective of their race, creed, religion or colour, could call home. Mngxitama’s racist utterances are an attempt to take us back to the dark days of apartheid. He is an embarrassment to all who fought against racism, and opposed the evil of apartheid.
The ACDP earlier today laid charges against Mngxitama for advocating racial hatred, and for the incitement of violence to do grievous bodily harm at the Hillbrow Police Station in Johannesburg. The party has also reported him to the Human Rights Council and Equality court.
ACDP Leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe today called on all peace loving South Africans to do likewise. Meshoe said that, “Action must be taken against Mngxitama. We have a strong constitution and sufficient laws in our criminal justice system to bring the BLF leader to book. Failure to do so would make our constitution and other relevant laws, not worth the paper they are written on.”
ISSUED BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
12 December 2018