National 29.7.2016 06:00 am

Thuli Madonsela ‘a weapon for DA, racists’

RESOLUTE. Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama speaks to The
Citizen in Boksburg, Johannesburg, yesterday. Picture: Neil McCartney

RESOLUTE. Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama speaks to The Citizen in Boksburg, Johannesburg, yesterday. Picture: Neil McCartney

Mngxitama wants to expose the public protector’s alleged bias against black people.

Expelled EFF MP Andile Mngxitama has launched a scathing attack against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the EFF, accusing them of being “agents of white capital”.

The Black First, Land First (BLF) movement leader and the party’s supporters last week stormed Madonsela’s office and were subsequently arrested. They were released on bail this week.

Madonsela’s alleged failure to update the BLF on the R26 billion allegedly stolen by whites from the Reserve Bank during apartheid and her inability to investigate state capture by white capital had become a bone of contention between the public prosecutor and the movement. This despite the fact that she said the BLF never even laid a complaint with her office in the first place.

Mngxitama yesterday told The Citizen during an interview in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, that Madonsela had turned her office into a weapon for the DA and racists.

“She does not take black people seriously,” Mngxitama alleged. “We are not going to trade insults with her. But she has insulted us. She has called us youngsters, a bunch of unruly protesters and rascals.”

He said the BLF would commission a report on Madonsela.

“When we assess her tenure, we believe she has become the protector of white capital,” Mngxitama said. “We want to show the public what kind of cases she has taken on since her stay in office. We are going to show how much money she has spent in chasing black people.”

Mngxitama said the movement would write another letter to Madonsela regarding the R26 billion.

“We want her to respond to us by next week. If not, we are going to take further action.

“This action might include sitting in her office or following her wherever she plans to make public engagements.”

Turning his attention to his former party, Mngxitama said the EFF had the same agenda as Madonsela. “We want people to know that politicians promise and they never deliver,” he said. “We are warning people that charlatans are out there claiming to be radical.”

Mngxitama said the EFF last year promised to occupy an Absa branch within a month, “but are failing to do so”.

– ngwakom@citizen.co.za

 

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