EFF spokesperson calls Mantashe’s comments ‘sick observations’

2014-07-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — MPs of both the ANC and EFF pulled no punches during a heated ideological debate in Parliament yesterday.

After African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday the Economic Freedom Fighters were using red overalls in the same way Hitler had used brown shirts to mobilise support, the EFF saw red.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi described his comments as “sick observations”.

Mantashe said the EFF’s use of anarchy and destruction was a very worrying aspect of the party’s modus operandi. He said such anarchy and destruction fitted into the paramilitary content of the EFF’s strategy, which already showed the early signs of a rebel movement.

Ndlozi said the EFF drew its inspiration “from the broad Marxist-Leninist and Fanonian schools of thought” and that they “cannot be associated with Hitler and Nazis”.

“To be Nazi is to massacre workers when they go on strike to demand a living wage.

“To be a Nazi is to build estates with a private clinic with taxpayers’ money while the poor sit without proper healthcare. To be a Nazi is to use violence to disrupt another party’s meeting during a democratic election,” Ndlozi said.

Ndlozi then got personal, listing the organisations in which Mantashe had a role to — according to Ndlozi — destroy workers’ last hopes.

Ndlozi said the National Union of Mineworkers was on its knees and the SA Communist Party only existed to serve party leader Blade Nzimande’s factional interests to become ANC president and Mantashe was now busy undermining Cosatu.

Ndlozi said the ANC did not have proper ideological tools of analysis and guides.

He said ANC instead relied on commentary from liberals and part of the white academic left, who only recog­nised leftist organisations that danced to their tunes.

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