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Expert slams inflammatory political rhetoric after ANCYL call EFF 'monkeys'

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Collen Maine referred to members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as monkeys at the weekend.

Maine apparently said that those who disrupt the State of the Nation Address must be prepared for civil war, adding that the ANCYL would take over security duties for the event, to 'physically remove woodworkers from parliament'.

Violence monitor and analyst Mary De Haas warned against political rhetoric that can be exceedingly inflammatory or stir violence in an already volatile climate.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

We already have a potentially volatile climate in Parliament, it's irresponsible to threaten violence or call people monkeys.

Mary de Haas, Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor

It very provocative language and is entirely inappropriate.

Mary de Haas, Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor

We are an extremely violent country.. and this is very dangerous because it can be used to justify retaliation.

Mary de Haas, Independent Researcher and Violence Monitor

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