South Africa 19.1.2016 11:01 am

EFF says Gareth Cliff is a racist

Gareth Cliff. Image supplied

Gareth Cliff. Image supplied

“Gareth Cliff’s recent defence of Penny Sparrow… is totally unacceptable”.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) released a statement in defence of the party’s National Chairperson Dali Mpofu for representing Gareth Cliff in a civil case against M-Net.

This comes after M-Net fired Cliff for failing to show ’empathy’ when he tweeted that former estate agent Penny Sparrow had the right to say what she wanted.

“The EFF acknowledges Advocate Mpofu’s professional right and obligation to represent whomsoever approaches and briefs him on any issue that relates to Law. In our view, Professionals carry an obligation to provide any form of professional assistance to all people, irrespective of their race, prejudices and background.”

However, the EFF lashed out at Cliff, saying he is “a racist who holds white supremacist views consciously and sub-consciously.”

“This was previously manifested through his insult to and celebration of a sad reality that an African family lost a loved one in late Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. In true African traditions and respect, such is not done, but can only be done by unreconstructed and uncultured racists who have no respect of black people and their traditions,” the party said in a statement.

“Gareth Cliff’s recent defence of Penny Sparrow’s reference to blacks as monkeys and her despise of the black skin on the basis that it’s freedom of speech is totally unacceptable. Defending Penny Sparrow’s racist and dehumanising statements against black people as a freedom of speech represents racist ignorance and supremacist attitude, which we are opposed to as the EFF.”

The party said Mpofu’s representation of Cliff doesn’t mean that he supports racism.

“The EFF’s National Chairperson’s representation of a racist Gareth Cliff does not mean that the EFF defends racism.”

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