Shivambu un­der fire for race jibe


THE po­lit­i­cal tem­per­a­ture in the coun­try has climbed since EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu’s at­tack last week on Is­mail Momo­niat, the deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Na­tional Trea­sury.

Shivambu dropped jaws when he la­belled Momo­niat a non-African, in­fer­ring that as an In­dian he should not be in a lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

He was im­me­di­ately taken to task by ANC MP Thandi To­bias-Pokolo and Yunus Car­rim, chair­per­son of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance.

Said Car­rim: “Of course, you can’t have non-racial­ism with­out African lead­er­ship, but you also can­not ex­clude non-Africans sim­ply on the ba­sis of their race. What next?

“Are we go­ing to dis­miss the con­tri­bu­tion of Ahmed Kathrada, Joe Slovo, He­len Joseph and Dul­cie Septem­ber sim­ply on the grounds of race? We don’t have to com­pro­mise one iota on the need for African lead­er­ship, while ac­cept­ing the role of out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vants like Mr Momo­niat.”

Car­rim and Shivambu fur­ther traded blows in an an­gry ex­change of me­dia state­ments.

The EFF later said it had long ob­served a “phe­nom­e­non” within Trea­sury that Africans are of­ten con­sid­ered and treated as not wor­thy and ca­pa­ble of lead­ing fi­nance.

Momo­niat is a vet­eran in the free­dom Strug­gle and is a for­mer Umkhonto we Sizwe and Oper­a­tion Vula op­er­a­tive. Car­rim told

POST that so many peo­ple, “not least African com­rades”, had come to Momo­niat’s de­fence “and this sug­gests how much the con­tri­bu­tion of this Strug­gle vet­eran is val­ued”.

MF leader Shameen Thakur Ra­jbansi ac­cused Shivambu of al­ways be­ing “an­tag­o­nis­tic, to any­one non-black African”.

“His be­hav­iour to Mr Momo­niat is un­war­ranted and smacks of po­lit­i­cal ig­no­rance.

“It’s clear that the EFF is hell bent on en­sur­ing that all govern­ment jobs be­long to black Africans only, even if not mer­ited,” she told POST.

“There is to­tal dis­re­gard for In­di­ans and coloureds, given their Strug­gle his­tory and merit for jobs, to­gether with black Africans.

“There is no place for a misan­thrope like Floyd Shivambu in pol­i­tics. He should be ex­pelled from Par­lia­ment.”

For­mer eThekwini speaker Lo­gie Naidoo de­scribed Shivambu’s at­tack on Momo­niat as “reck­less, racially in­spired and a cal­cu­lated ma­noeu­vre”.

“Is­mail is a ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant, com­mit­ted to serv­ing the peo­ple of South Africa, good gov­er­nance and a cor­rup­tion free coun­try. South Africa be­longs to all who live in it – black and white,” Naidoo said.

“Black is African, In­dian and coloured. Those who were part of our free­dom Strug­gle em­brace these val­ues. The ques­tion to Shivambu should be, what is your agenda?”

Shivambu could not be reached for com­ment.

Floyd Shivambu

Is­mail Momo­niat

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