Johannesburg – A member of the EFF was shot in the knee after shots were fired from a nearby hostel in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

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The incident happened just before EFF leader Julius Malema arrived in the area to address the xenophobic incidents that have been plaguing the community.

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EFF members and residents were marching and singing songs when four shots were fired from a hostel nearby.

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The injured member was taken to hospital.

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Malema arrived shortly afterwards and started to address the crowd.

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He told the community to work with the police and to not harbour criminals in their homes.

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Malema was accompanied by Dali mpofu and national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

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“You can kill all foreigners but you will still die in poverty,” said Malema.

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He urged residents to stay away from criminal activities and to not let crime define what the community of Alexandra was.

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Addressing the crowd Malema said South Africans should avoid black on black hate.

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He said it was not just some foreigners who were involved in criminal activities but South Africans as well.

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“If the problem is crime, let us fight crime,” he said.

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The EFF leader told the gathered crowd that the problem the communities were facing was because of the corrupt regime that was elected into power, the current government.

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Malema is set to go on an anti-xenophobia march around Alexandra after addressing the crowd.