In an exclusive interview with The Citizen at Cosatu House yesterday, Mapaila said the EFF’s attitude sought to undermine the integrity of parliament and proper discourse in society.
“They have no coherent ideology except being populist and demagogue,” Mapaila said. “Nothing would please the EFF more than a civil war.
“They think violence and war is the way to resolve problems.”
Mapaila said the majority of EFF members have not participated in “any war” and, therefore, did not know the “value of peace”.
“That is way they always seek disruption.”
He warned the EFF would get “good punishment from the people”.
“The people in South Africa will not accept this kind of behaviour in the name of public representatives,” Mapaila said.
He added that there were similar elements in white communities who behaved like the EFF.
Contacted for comment, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu described Mapaila’s remarks as “crazy”.
“We can’t take Mapaila seriously,” Shivambu said. “He is a chance taker who exaggerated his Umkhonto we Sizwe credentials.”
Shivambu said the EFF would remove the ANC from power through political processes, not civil war.
Yesterday, SACP central committee member Charles Setsubi said there was a need to deploy ANC-led alliance members in parliament to defend the ANC and President Jacob Zuma.
Setsubi labelled EFF MPs as “anarchists” whose actions had been endorsed by a Western Cape High Court judgement.
The court ruled MP’s could not be arrested for anything they said in parliament.
“We can’t allow that behaviour to continue like that because by so doing, we will be indirectly collaborating with their actions,” Setsubi told delegates at the ANC-led alliance international symposium in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
“They are only 25 of them out of hundreds of our people there.”
He questioned why EFF MP’s were let “loose to do whatever they want”.
“We have got capacity and capability to defend our organisation inside and outside Parliament,” said Setsubi.
“Let’s find ways of deploying our people there to defend the ANC and our president.”