“You have to kill the Tutsis, they’re cockroaches” – this is how the Rwandan local radio station incited the Hutus to violence. It further went on to call on all who were listening to take up arms and fight to exterminate the Tutsis.
As we all know what followed was one of the worst cases of genocide in a cruel and bloody history of our beloved Africa.
Speaking at the ANC’s North West provincial conference on Saturday, our speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, likened Julius Malema to a cockroach.
Her words were: “If we don’t work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place.” Mbete went on further to warn her listeners to prepare for war. What do we have here?
Are these whisperings of things to come, are these “shades of Rwanda”?
People in public office cannot go around making such statements that will incite violence just because they have had a difference on opinion or an altercation with another person.
I believe the ANC must take Mbete to task for this remark and, in the interest of nation-building, distance itself from this statement.
George Charalambous, Essexvale, Port Elizabeth