Julius Malema’s EFF aims to cause total anarchy – Gwede Mantashe

2014-07-29 14:52

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has compared the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to Nazis.

He labelled the new party fascists whose end goal could be to overthrow the government.

Speaking at a press conference at Luthuli House today, Mantashe said the ruling party’s national working committee had reached a conclusion that Julius Malema’s party was a rebel movement in the making, out to cause total anarchy.

“This movement uses uniforms to mobilise in the same way that Hitler used brown shirts in the 1930s. The worrying factor in this regard is its use of anarchy and destruction as their modus operandi.

“This anarchy and destruction fits into the paramilitary content of their strategy, which shows early signs of a rebel movement designed and calculated to undermine democracy and state institutions,” he said.

Pushed to explain this view further, Mantashe said just as the Nazis began with radical rhetoric that later turned into the Holocaust, such rebel movements do not start by taking up arms. They first participate in parliamentary politics and when they get unhappy, they go underground.

“We should wake up and smell the coffee. The Nazis didn’t start by killing the Jews; they started by making policies and developed their uniform of brown shirts. When it was in power, only then did it [the Nazi party] kill the Jews.”

Last week, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela caused a storm in the National Assembly when he also compared Malema to Hitler.

Mantashe said while the EFF was trying to sound revolutionary, its message was hollow. But he said it could not be ignored as this message could resonate with those out to cause destruction.

“Once it catches fire, anarchy and destruction become the norm,” he said.

Mantashe also defended President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile, following reports that she had been appointed chief of staff in the ministry of posts and telecommunications.

“We send our children to school because they must not live in our shadows. The daughter of the president went to Wits University and did an honours degree. That child must be given space to grow and develop as herself,” he said.

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