Xenophobic unrest dashes Malema speech

Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) has cancelled an event at which firebrand South African politician, Julius Malema, was supposed to speak owing to anxiety over recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Julius Malema
Julius Malema

AMH, publishers of Newsday, the Independent and the Standard, yesterday announced that the event could not go ahead because participants were worried about local anger at the unrest in South Africa which started some three weeks ago but is reported to have subsided.

"A large portion of the delegates who had registered for this event started pulling out following the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

"It is most unfortunate that the timing of this event coincided with this situation and, therefore, we could not ignore the sentiments expressed," said Rita Chinyoka, an AMH publisher.

Delegates were supposed to pay almost R1,200 to attend the event where Malema’s speech was supposed to be part debates, Game Changer”, organised by AMH.

Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, was expected to recount his political career, which started when he was nine, in addition to his views and beliefs on Africa’s place in the world and his views on xenophobic unrest.

Despite the cancellation of the event, AMH indicated that Malema could still be invited to the talk series in the future.

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