EFF condemns the white racists targeting Gauteng MEC Lesufi
26 April 2018
The EFF condemns the white racists who created and paraded an effigy of Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi in Tshwane yesterday. These racists, in an effort to oppose the transformation of Afrikaans schools, used this effigy not only to insult the humanity of Panyaza Lesufi but also of all black people. The effigy was in the end “hanged” on a tree to evoke the lynching of black people, mainly by the Ku Klux Klan, that was popular in the racist American South.
There is nothing white people can do anymore to defend “white only” spaces, particularly in education. We as a country shall never allow anymore for any language to be used as a tool to exclude black people from education.
MEC Lesufi has attested to the fact that he receives threats from racists, who also threaten his children. We call on the SAPS not only to follow up these threats but to make arrests and prosecute these people for a good example to be set. These racist white men are a menace to our democratic order. They belong in jail, behind bars, where criminals like them are kept.
No one must go around threatening public servants for doing what is a constitutionally charged mandate. A white racist must meet the full might of the law and not threaten black peoples with impunity.
Issued by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, National Spokesperson, EFF, 26 April 2018