EFF warns Zille to address racist incident

2014-12-02 12:13
Helen Zille (File, News24)

Helen Zille (File, News24)

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Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters has urged Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to suspend a Boland safety department official who allegedly used the k-word with a Khayelitsha caterer or there will be “chaos”.

Criminal charges were laid against the official last month after he allegedly chased the woman out of his office, allegedly telling her: “Get your black ass out of my office. I don’t speak to kaffirs.”

The woman works for the department at the Wolwekloof Academy near Wolseley, reported the Cape Argus.

The EFF claims Zille’s silence on the attack, along with other racist incidents, showed she was sweeping racism in the Western Cape under the carpet.

‘We will take matters into our own hands’

The party says the official should have been suspended and the matter investigated.

They warned that should the matter not be addressed, they will “be forced to take matters into our own hands”. The EFF’s Western Cape chairperson Bernard Joseph warned Zille to restore people’s trust in government or there will be “chaos”.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said his department has launched a full investigation into the incident and views it in a serious light.

 In June, EFF leader Julius Malema branded Zille as South Africa’s “number-one racist”, wrote Sapa.

Maimane not happy in the DA - Malema

Responding to a question on the draft expropriation bill, Malema said: If Helen Zille takes over this government, she will unashamedly, and without hiding it, take us back to the land of misery and pain.

"That is her ambition. That what she wants to do to black people, that's what she is doing in the DA. [DA parliamentary leader] Musi Maimane is not happy there, like all black people in the DA - they are not happy.

"If such a racist organisation, which represents backwardness, exploitation of our people, exclusion of the black people from the mainstream economy, that is what DA is. And we can't vote for such a thing into power."

Later in July, Cosatu said it also “uncovered orchestrated actions by a company” in the Western Cape which saw coloured staff being dismissed and replaced with white staff. Cosatu said the plan was “tacitly endorsed” by the DA and Zille.

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