Is the EFF falling apart?

2018-07-19 06:01

THE EFF’s wheels came off a little bit last week — perhaps this eight-percent party’s honeymoon is coming to an end.

People who took notice of EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu’s outrageous behaviour at the Nugent Commission into SARS, and Julius Malema’s press conference last week, must now seriously suspect that the party’s boasts that it is a corruption fighter are just a façade to conceal its own skeletons.

When journalists raised this point, they were met with insults, intimidation and wild accusations by the EFF leadership. The EFF leadership clearly has no respect for free speech and a free media.

Mpofu’s bizarre attack on Judge Bob Nugent and his commission was highly unprofessional and probably also a transgression of the Commissions Act.

He was sharply rebuked by the judge ... and when journalists questioned Mpofu’s handling of the Nugent Commission, he responded on Twitter: “I will fight the New Stratcom in the same way I fought the original Stratcom! Their intentions are the SAME: Paid to sanitise the continued economic oppression of black people by portraying the status quo as acceptable & not needing to be fundamentally changed or disturbed.” In other words, to be critical of Mpofu is the same as supporting the oppression of black South Africans.

Then came Malema’s press conference. He named five journalists who had been critical of the EFF, me included, and accused them of being a “mob” that always defends President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Pravin Gordhan (“the real president”). He said that I “write stories about perpetuating white privilege” and added that the fact that I had opposed apartheid “doesn’t mean that [I am] not a racist”.

This is what has made so many commentators reluctant to be critical of the EFF — the fear that you will be called a racist in public or, in the case of black journalists, a “house nigger”, a term Malema used again just recently.

Malema also demanded an apology from author Jacques Pauw who had said in a tweet: “Why is Dali Mpofu committing hara-kiri in defending Tom Moyane? Is it because they have a common friend: tobacco-man Adriano Mazzotti? Under Moyane, Mazzotti’s R 600 m tax bill disappeared. He also paid EFF registration fee in 2014 and gave Malema a loan to help pay his SARS bill.”

Pauw refused, instead giving more information of the EFF’s dealings with illicit cigarette smugglers who had also given Malema a R 1 million loan (Mazzotti had admitted in an affidavit to SARS that he was a smuggler, money launderer, tax avoider and fraudster).

I think it is pretty obvious that the EFF is preparing a climate that would make it easier for it to explain the scandals that are likely to be revealed. How does a party whose attacks on white South Africans are a central pillar of its strategy, explain that they were funded by white criminals?

On Sunday, Malema posted an old video of the black U.S. activist Louis Farrakhan in which he calls on black people to use violence against white people to rectify injustices. Malema added an “amen” of his own to the tweet.

The more the EFF comes under pressure, the more irrational, militant and prone to warmongering it becomes.

The saddest part is that many in the ANC leadership fear Malema and his band of populists. It says more about the ANC than about the EFF.

— News24.


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