The leader of a South African political party has called for the killing of white women and children in a row over the taxi industry.
Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was speaking at a rally on the weekend in Potchefstroom near Johannesburg when he made the violent comments.
He tells the cheering crowd: ‘For each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we will kill five white people.
‘For every one black person we will kill five white people.
Black Land First members led by Andile Mngxitama protest in July 2017; He said in Potchefsroom over the weekend that white women and children should be killed
BLF party members at a protest in July 2017; Mngxitama said that his revolutionist socialist party would be in power by 2019 despite the controversy
‘You kill one of us we will five of you. We’ll kill their women, we’ll kill their children, we’ll kill anything we find in our way.’
Mngxitama then beckons the crowd: ‘For every one of them, we’ll kill how many?’
Andile Mngxitama was filmed speaking at the rally in Potchefstroom over the weekend
And they chant back: ‘Five,’ Mngxitama repeats, ‘For every one of them?’ and they respond, ‘Five.’
This back-and-forth is repeated several times until Mngxitama continues his rant and even calls for the deaths of dogs and cats owned by white people.
He says: ‘We’ll kill their children, we’ll kill their women, we’ll kill their dogs, we’ll kill their cats, we’ll kill anything.’
Mngxitama has since claimed that these comments were taken out of context and that he was responding to billionaire Johann Rupert.
Rupert, a supporter of the taxi industry, alluded to the far-left EFF party in a recent interview with Power FM where he stated if ‘those red guys come’ they should remember he had his ‘own army,’ according to
Rupert, who was clearly talking in a lighthearted tone before a laughing audience at the radio station’s Chairman’s conference, was not even referring to Mngxitama’s party – but the EFF, another left-wing group.
Mngxitama said this terrified him in an interview on Tuesday with
But Rupert never mentioned a private militia nor did he mention violence.
He said that Rupert had shown insensitivity with his comments because any person would know that in South Africa’s taxi industry people get killed.
He said that the BLF would be in parliament by 2019.
Johann Rupert with Rory McIlroy at the pro-am Dunhill Links Championship in 2017, held every October at the home of golf in St Andrews
Johann Rupert, Rurik Gobel, Kevin Pieterson and Allan Stanton pose for a photo on the famous Swilkin Bridge during practice prior to the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa, for South Africa’s leading party, said: ‘The rant about ‘killing white people’ shows an extent of [Mngxitama’s] ignorance to the history of this country,’
The ANC also called on the South African Commission for Human Rights to investigate the remarks made.
Rupert owns the Richemont group (Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Dunhill, to name a few) and hosts golfers and celebrities at the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland.
His friends and patrons who attend charity bashes during the pro-am event include Rory McIlroy, Sir Ian Botham, Kevin Pietersen, Hugh Grant and Michael Ballack.