Ladies and gentlemen, I read with interest this morning at the EFF statement that is was “disappointed that some of its members are displaying racist banners.
I myself was disappointed only this morning to learn that I had run out of coffee when I went to make my morning brew. I was equally disappointed to find that it might be raining this weekend. I’m pretty sure some of you might have had some disappointments as well. Perhaps you were late for work today? Mildly disappointing I am sure. Perhaps you left your sunglasses at home? Moderately disappointing no doubt. Flat tire? Very disappointing.
You see this is what normal people feel disappointment at. We generally don’t get disappointed when a group of communists tell us they want to kill us, or that we should get pack our bags and leave our beautiful homes. Or that we must relinquish control of our banking institutions and private enterprises. In fact when this happens we have a whole range of emotions – anger, fear, disgust etc. In fact mild disappointment is probably not even on the list.
So I am astounded that the strongest emotion that the EFF spokesperson and spin-doctor Patrick Sindane was able to muster – was a sort of half shrug of disappointment.
When the guy doing damage control is looking bad, then you know something is up.
But the question must be asked. Did the supporters really represent the parties view when they held their banner claiming “Honeymoon is over for the whites” or that “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hatred”? Well I can think of one place to look. Their Manifesto! Lets take a look together!
“The basic programme of the EFF is the complete overthrow of the neo liberal anti-black state as well as the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes; the establishment of the dictatorship of the people in place of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie and the triumph of socialism over capitalism.
The EFF takes socialism as the theoretical basis guiding its thinking and development of its political line and in this respect identifies itself as a MARXIST, LENINIST, and FANONIAN organisation.
Members of EFF, who dedicate their lives to the struggle for socialism must be resolute, fearless and surmount every difficulty to win victory!
Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution
Nationalisation of Mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy.
Building State and government capacity, which will lead to abolishment of Tenders
Open, accountable government and society without fear of victimisation by the State Defence, Police and other Agencies.
I guess they did represent it fairly then.
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