Mulder, Malema Twitter conduct shameful - ANC chief whip

2016-02-24 13:35
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Johannesburg - FF Plus chief whip Corné Mulder and EFF leader Julius Malema's conduct on Twitter was "shameful and disappointing", the ANC chief whip’s office said on Wednesday.

They were considering reporting Mulder and Malema's conduct to Parliament's ethics committee if the two did not apologise and withdraw their comments, Moloto Mothapo, spokesperson for chief whip Stone Sizani, said in a statement.

On Tuesday, first Mulder and then Malema called on their supporters to crush each other.

"#EFF Fascists - Universities under siege from radicals and new fascists trying to impose their revolution on us. Unite and crush them," Mulder wrote.

Malema retaliated nine hours later, tweeting: "@MulderCorn we will crush all of you within no time if you want to come with that stinking attitude. Who said we are scared of you?"

The Twitter rant followed protests and clashes between students at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State about outsourcing of workers and language policy.

"By inciting violence amongst their supporters, both senior parliamentarians have displayed shameful and disappointing lack of leadership which violates the provisions of the Constitution which they have sworn to uphold as public representatives," Mothapo said.

Mothapo said young people at universities were looking for sound leadership and for their elected representatives to find solutions.

"The situation at both universities calls for calm heads and leadership particularly from elected public representatives, rather than senseless war talk that only serves to fuel racial tensions amongst black and white students.”

Mulder on Tuesday said he stood by his tweet.

"We need to crush the radical group that is destroying the fabric of our country," he said.

The EFF could not be reached for comment.

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