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Julius Malema criticises South Africa’s Twitter activists

Julius Malema

At an EFF press conference this afternoon, party leader Julius Malema denounced the actions of South Africans who see Twitter as the highest form of protest.

Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for activism in South Africa recently, mainly because of users’ ability to get information out quickly. During last year’s #FeesMustFall protests, the platform gave protesters a voice to counter what universities were touting as the truth.

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In the party’s first briefing after the State of the Nation address last week, the EFF outlined their version of the chaotic evening. While accusing President Jacob Zuma of not abiding by the constitution, Malema criticised South Africans who protest on Twitter then “go and sleep.” He then called on South Africans to “take a stand.”

Many Twitter users agreed with his statement.

Others saw his criticism as unfair.

The conference, currently streaming live at the time of writing, can be viewed here:

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