The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it has “observed with disgust the racist marches” that took place yesterday in the nationwide #BlackMonday campaign to protest the murders of farmers.
In a hard-hitting statement, EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the marches “proudly promoted anti-black racism by a tiny white minority which seeks to gain public sympathy using apartheid symbols like the apartheid government flag.”
Thousands of farming community members participated in a campaign to wear black to show they have had enough of the scourge of farm murders following a brutal killing of a 47-year-old wine farmer by armed robbers recently in Klapmuts, outside Cape Town.
The premise of these marches is a full-blown stupidity that there is an orchestrates white farmers killing by black people
Dubbed #BlackMonday, the protest gained support from AfriForum, a civil rights group, agricultural unions, and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and political parties, among others.
Ndlozi said some of the protesters were “fascists” who have never accepted South Africa’s democratic dispensation.
“The premise of these marches is a full-blown stupidity that there is an orchestrates white farmers killing by black people. This fear, unfortunately, is part of the persistent colonial settler collective guilt of thinking one-day black people will punish whites for their apartheid and colonial crimes. As a result, they withdraw into an apartheid memory with its deep wishes for a whites-only society in Africa,” he said on Tuesday.
“Whilst black people would be fully justified in seeking a punishment for the crime of colonization and apartheid, they did not. There are no political formations even during the years of struggle that were ever premised on revenge.
“The black political leadership, from different ideological poles has always mobilized black people by elevating their humanness above revenge. Moreover, the democratic dispensation, which has now held for 23 years, is about democratically and legally resolving the injustices of colonization as opposed to war and absolute violence,” Ndlozi added.
The EFF has called on those who took part in the #BlackMonday protests “who wish for the return of apartheid and protection under its values to take the next convenient boats and leave our country. The land and farms that they occupy will simply be assumed by other commercial farmers.”
-Additional reporting African News Agency