EFF ‘a facist mili­tia’

DE KLERK FOUN­DA­TION: DISRUPTION ’A SHOCK­ING DIS­PLAY OF THUGGERY’

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Simnikiwe Hlat­sha­neni – simniki­[email protected]­i­zen.co.za

‘It’s ironic that Malema in 2016 called for the slaugh­ter­ing of white peo­ple.’

The FW de Klerk Foun­da­tion has com­pared the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) to a fas­cist mili­tia, fol­low­ing their disruption of the State of the Na­tion ad­dress (Sona).

Foun­da­tion chair Dave Ste­ward was com­ment­ing on the EFF’s de­mands for the for­mer pres­i­dent, an in­vited guest at the event, to leave the venue, ap­par­ently in protest over the states­man’s comments in a re­cent in­ter­view where he in­ferred that apartheid could not be con­sid­ered a crime against hu­man­ity.

The EFF added this to their list of de­mands dur­ing their staged protest in par­lia­ment on Thurs­day. They were pri­mar­ily call­ing for Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han. The com­mo­tion which en­sued led to Sona be­ing de­layed by an hour.

“We thought it was a shock­ing dis­play of thuggery by the EFF and we re­ally want to know where they are com­ing from,” said Ste­ward. “If you are wear­ing colour-coded uni­forms, ver­balise on the ba­sis of race, break up meet­ings with bul­ly­ing tac­tics and you call your leader things like com­man­der-inchief it’s re­ally the same creed.”

EFF spokesper­son Danisile Ng­wenya told Touch HD the party was not apolo­getic about their be­hav­iour – but op­po­si­tion par­ties are call­ing for the party’s MPs to face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

“They are well within their rights to voice their dis­gruntle­ment and to pro­pose what­ever they want to pro­pose. We are also mem­bers of par­lia­ment, we have rights as well to raise every­thing that we want to raise...pro­tected by the con­sti­tu­tion and Acts in the par­lia­ment.”

Ste­ward called Malema’s ut­ter­ances against De Klerk hyp­o­crit­i­cal and bashed the party for pan­der­ing to pop­ulism for me­dia at­ten­tion.

“And it’s all a bit ironic be­cause

Malema him­self in 2016 threat­ened what re­ally would have been a geno­cide, call­ing for the slaugh­ter­ing of white peo­ple… I think every­thing they do is for the me­dia and to get as much pub­lic­ity as pos­si­ble. I think most peo­ple were quite shocked by their be­hav­ior, while some might say they like that kind of ex­trem­ism and pop­ulism.”

Ste­ward said the foun­da­tion did not think the EFF’s sen­ti­ments were shared by the ma­jor­ity of South Africans. The or­gan­i­sa­tion was pur­su­ing a ju­di­cial re­view of the de­ci­sion made by the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion last year declar­ing that Malema’s ut­ter­ances re­gard­ing the “slaugh­ter­ing of white peo­ple” was not hate speech.

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