Bethuel: “Afriforum told us they have a well-trained army”

They had staged a protest to the Hoërskool Overvaal last week.

Cosas national treasurer Bethuel Zunguza who a week ago made news shouting racially-charged slogans against Afrikaners has told 013NEWS that members of the civil lobby group Afriforum threatened them with a “well-trained army” that they have based in the Free State, Northern and Western Cape.

Zunguza together with a scores of other youths from ANCYL, Cosas and EFF are out on bail after they were arrested for public violence on Wednesday last week.

They were kept at the Vereneeging police station in Gauteng after a protest to the Hoërskool Overvaal demanding the end to the use of Afrikaans turned violent, with others being badly shot with rubber bullets.

The protest were sparked by a High Court ruling that the school cannot accommodate English learners.

The Cosas national treasurer, who hails from the Secunda area of Mpumalanga and who was elected to this position during a Durban national congress in August 2017, is captured in an online video leading one of the groups of students and singing derogatory slogans against Afrikaners and calling for them “to die”.

“This is our country. They must run,” Zunguza shouts in another interview.

“We can’t be abused by whites,” he said.

He said soon afterwards the cops swooped and arrested him.

“They targeted me, I don’t know why,” he told the 013NEWS reporter over the phone, “and the others were arrested also”.

“The police took us in their hippo to the school premises where they paraded us to racist Afrikaner parents who are Afriforum members,” Zunguza charged.

“They asked us what were you trying to do with these things of yours and we said no we want change here,” he said.

“And then they said to me I must be careful with all other blacks because they have a well-trained army in Free State and Western Cape to destroy everybody in this country,” Zunguza said.

Afriforum spokesman Ian Cameron this week said the allegations were “laughable” as Afriforum only has “community patrol units” that works with cops to fight crime.

“Not at all,” he said when asked whether Afriforum does have a military army.

“Only community patrollers. Not such a thing, we don’t have,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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