Citizen Reporter
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20 Jan 2016
1:48 pm

Dali Mpofu, Mngxitama lock horns

Citizen Reporter

Mpofu defended himself as Mngxitama questioned his decision to represent Gareth Cliff.

FILE PICTURE: Advocate Dali Mpofu. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Herman Verwey)

The war of words continued on Twitter between Advocate Dali Mpofu and Andile Mngxitama over Mpofu’s representation of radio personality Gareth Cliff in a R25-million lawsuit 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.

Mngxitama took to Twitter to ask Mpofu of what he will celebrate should he win Cliff’s case.

Mpofu gave a response the got seconded by former DA leader Helen Zille.

And then the Twar continued:

Mngxitama could not be immediately reached for comment.

Mngxitama, together with Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa, were expelled by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) last year after being found guilty of speaking to the media after their suspension, implicating party leaders in alleged theft of party funds and leaking party information to the media.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) released a statement on Tuesday in defence of Mpofu.

“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 subconsciously.”

“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.”