Deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Floyd Shivambu said Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi would “suffer collective punishment in 2019”.
In the wake of the ANC losing major metros Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, Lesufi commented on his Facebook page that it was time for “the fearless to raise their hands” within the ANC. This after a robust debate to the top Gauteng ANC member’s post that “we shall overcome! Battles lines drawn”.
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Although this wasn’t even a direct attack on the EFF, Shivambu appears to have understood it that way and responded on Twitter, saying, the MEC would “suffer collective punishment” for the ANC NEC members who the EFF accuses ofprotecting President Jacob Zuma even if it means losing votes.
“I saw a GP MEC whose lay-by of a Football Club failed saying ‘battle lines are drawn’. He too will suffer collective punishment in 2019.”
Lesufi was the leader of a consortium of unknown investors who tried to return his beloved PSL-relegated Moroka Swallows back to the top league. The R55 million deal could not go through after Lesufi allegedly failed to meet the asking price.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party would be taking collective responsibility for the loss of support in the elections. He said that there had been no proposal from the floor for Zuma to step down as president of the ANC. “We must all be blamed … leadership – that’s us – must take responsibility.”
The EFF is voting for the DA in solidarity against the ANC. Malema said that, when compared with the ANC, the DA for “white racists” was the “better devil”. This, he says, was because, ideologically speaking, there was no difference between the DA and ANC but at least the DA was not “corrupt”.
“EFF will not go into coalition with any party but we’ll vote for DA in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Mandela Bay,” said Malema.
During an interview with SAfm on Thursday morning, Malema reiterated the DA was a racist party. He said this was because the party is biased towards the needs of white people.
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 18, 2016
“It [the DA] protects white monopoly capital. It looks after white privilege, and therefore, anything they do is biased towards white people. Look at now we talking deals in the metros, and since [Athol] Trollip has secured the necessary majority in PE, they don’t care about what happens in Tshwane … they don’t care what happens in Joburg because those are black fellows,” said Malema during the interview.