EFF stokes fires of the revolution

2018-03-22 06:00
opinionThembile Ndabeni

opinionThembile Ndabeni

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The saying: “Red for Danger” warns of the dangers of playing with fire. Fire hurts.

This probably explains the scarlet hue of the most feared ideology; communism.

Even the EFF’s red is a source of intimidation for some. “Ezibomvu”.

This also brings to mind one song from late pop diva, Brenda Fassie, which went thus: “my friend you dangerous, ndiyakwesaba”.

Now we know that the coalition between the EFF and the DA was just a marriage of convenience.

How else would he have the courage to tell them in the faces: “You are not our friends,”

This after the debacle involving land expropriation without compensation.

This spells out the no-compromise stance of the EFF. Even the ANC will never be as radical as the EFF. That radicalism appeals and talks to the plight of African people. Presently the EEF is the only political party that never keeps quiet but acts as soon as the situation requires of them. They are known to roll their sleeves to fight on the side of the most vulnerable people.

Racism hurts, whether written, verbal or physical. It is only Black people know better. “Who feels it, knows it”, so the saying goes.

On Morning Live, a programme on SABC 2, a white lady who was being interviewed had the temerity to say an offensive inscription on a hoodie worn by a black lad, thus: “Coolest monkey in the jungle,”, was not racist.

This “harmless advert” caused a countrywide uproar, with the EFF sending its troops to smash H&M stores around the country. Ironically, the mother of the lad depicted in the advert said she did not find it racist. Firstly, it is fair to surmise that the white interviewee did not give a hoot about black emotions.

That the boy’s mother does not understand the spectre of racism.

Racism stretches far and wide. Its searing and painful tentacles could be felt even on the soccer playing fields.

On numerous occasions, Cameroon’s Samuel Et’o and Italy’s Mario Ballotelli, had each bananas thrown in their direction every time they scored a goal.

This is why the EFF strikes back where it hurts most. That will win them support, especially among the youth and Black people who don’t see the ANC doing anything against racism.

It is surprising that on the eve of the quarter of a century of our democracy, Black people are still degraded.

Is the ANC in power or holding office for the Whites?

South Africa under the ANC operates like a comprador state of a special type.

To an ordinary person on the street, it is a joke when people in ANC colours march against matters like racism. They ask themselves, is the ANC not in power? The courts will not stop them from making laws against racism because in a democracy like ours, racism is illegal. Educating incorrigible racists is a joke best suited to the Iron Age. Some will play excuses which are offensive to victims because they insult their intelligence.

Whenever whites make racist statements, they resort to saying they have been “quoted out of context”.

Whereas racists in South Africa have a long reference of people who have undone the racist yoke of their forebearers, the likes of Beyers, Naude, Bram Fisher, Helen Joseph, Neill Agget, Max du Preez, Herman Giliomee and others. The above have demonstrated that racism is unnatural.

The EFF spearheads Radical Economic Transformation which entails land expropriation without compensation. So, if you follow the analogy of “do not play with fire” to the letter, the EFF would be a good fire to the ruling elite, for they stoke the passion for true emancipation.

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