EFF abuse of In­di­ans chill­ing

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ashor Saru­pen, MPL DA ju­nior spokesper­son, fi­nance and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Gaut­eng leg­is­la­ture

AT THE SIT­TING of the Gaut­eng leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day, be­fore I could stand up to de­liver my speech on un­em­ploy­ment, EFF MPLs thought it apt to start scream­ing “Gupta!”

As I rose to speak, I was met with, “You must give us back the land” and other racist jabs.

Upon con­clu­sion of my speech, in which I pointed out the ab­sur­dity of na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, Man­disa Mashego stood up to at­tack my ac­cent.

I re­ceived no pro­tec­tion from the ANC speaker.

Pre­vi­ously, EFF mem­bers in the leg­is­la­ture have told me to “go back to In­dia”.

I am one of two In­dian MPLs in Gaut­eng, and this bar­rage of racial abuse demon­strates the true at­ti­tude of the EFF to­wards In­dian South Africans.

Firstly, de­spite the fact that In­di­ans were brought to South Africa on in­den­tured labour con­tracts with con­di­tions barely above that of slav­ery, the EFF be­lieves that In­di­ans do not know poverty.

Se­condly, de­spite the fact that In­di­ans were ac­tive in the anti-apartheid move­ment and have con­trib­uted im­mensely to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of South Africa, the EFF be­lieves that In­di­ans are not le­git­i­mate South Africans.

The fact that most In­di­ans are fourth or fifth gen­er­a­tion South Africans and iden­tify as South African first and fore­most is ir­rel­e­vant.

The EFF does not re­ally want us here.

This at­ti­tude is not new. Idi Amin blamed In­di­ans in Uganda for the coun­try’s prob- lems, and Julius Malema seems to be bor­row­ing from this play­book.

In Oc­to­ber 2011, Malema re­ferred to In­di­ans us­ing the racial slur “Makula”. In July last year, Malema ac­cused In­di­ans of be­ing par­tially be­hind his tax trou­bles.

The EFF in the Gaut­eng leg­is­la­ture seem to be fol­low­ing the same play­book.

They have no in­ter­est in dis­agree­ing with my ideas, they seek to at­tack me for the colour of my skin and only the colour of my skin.

This does not bode well for democ­racy or so­cial co­he­sion, and should rightly send a chill up our spines.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.