Shame­less show by op­por­tunis­tic EFF

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

With their Range Rovers and Bre­itling watches, the lead­er­ship of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) seems to have achieved their own “eco­nomic free­dom”, al­though many of their “fight­ers” lan­guish on the borders of poverty, not know­ing – or car­ing – that their gen­uine griev­ances have been used in the end­less game of power pol­i­tics.

Julius Malema and his un­der­lings are adept at turn­ing the slight­est is­sue into some­thing which can be ex­ploited for po­lit­i­cal gain.

But even by their low politico-eth­i­cal stan­dards, the shame­less hi­jack­ing of the week­end me­mo­rial ser­vice of drowned school­boy Enock Mpi­anzi hit rock bot­tom.

EFF leader Malema had al­ready showed up to snatch a photo op­por­tu­nity with the griev­ing fam­ily early in the story, but the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s spokesper­son, Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi, was de­ter­mined to see pol­i­tics take prece­dence over grief at the ser­vice.

So he launched into a tirade about how no African should be forced to “show pa­pers” when com­ing to South Africa and how our coun­try should have “open borders”. The fact that the boy’s fam­ily are im­mi­grants from the Congo ap­par­ently jus­ti­fied Nd­lozi’s sup­port for un­con­trolled mi­gra­tion.

Never mind that many of the EFF’s sup­port­ers don’t share his views.

Never let an op­por­tu­nity pass.

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