Save the World Cup

2010-04-06 14:37
Dear Editor

Malema singing "Shoot the boer" is not befitting of a modern country in 2010. These statements are made not by leaders of a country on the verge of hosting the football World Cup but rather of a country about to descend into chaos.

Malema is not acting like a Mandela, Albert Luthuli or Oliver Tambo. These songs about killing people are more akin to the attitudes, statements and actions of Slobodan Milosevic before the break-up of Yugoslavia or in Rwanda before the genocide in that country.

The ANC should move Malema to fringes of party.

Today, in businesses, in cars on the way to work, in lunch and tea breaks all across South Africa people are talking about whether South Africa will lose the World Cup. And still too, the ANC decides to defend Malema. Visitors who already booked to see the World Cup as well as potential visitors are going to be following events very closely to see how the ANC responds.

Any further attack on any farmer in South Africa is going to bring negative international headlines.

What will happen if one country takes the position of Togo did during the African Cup of Nations, by pulling out of the tournament? This will be a disaster for South Africa's reputation.


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