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Mpho Raborife, Amanda Khoza17 Jun 2018 13:05
"Why is treasury always represented by an Indian when there is 80% African staff? Because there is a tendency [for] our Indian brothers to look down at Africans." — EFF leader Julius Malema defending Floyd Shivambu (Reuters)
EFF leader Julius Malema on Saturday reiterated his support for his chief whip, Floyd Shivambu, in the matter involving Treasury’s deputy director-general, Ismail Momoniat.
“If Momo fought in the struggle he would have understood what Floyd said. A revolutionary would have known that when he went into prison, when he went into exile – he would know he was fighting for black people [if was predominantly for African people].”
Malema made the comments during a Youth Day rally in Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp.
According to a Fin24 report, EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu faced multiple rebukes for remarks he made in a committee meeting, where he questioned the presence of National Treasury’s Momoniat.
LISTEN: What exactly did Shivambu say about Momoniat?
Shivambu reportedly asked why Momoniat attended finance oversight committee meetings, and allegedly accused him of having a superiority complex which did not allow him to take orders from African seniors.
The committee and National Treasury in a statement then condemned Shivambu’s remarks.
READ MORE: Parly finance committee condemns Shivambu over Momoniat outburst
In another committee meeting, Shivambu reportedly denied censoring Momoniat and demanded an apology from the committee’s chair Yunus Carrim.
Malema said, “Why is treasury always represented by an Indian when there is 80% African staff? Because there is a tendency [for] our Indian brothers to look down at Africans.
“I found the leaders of the EFF – all of them queuing to explain themselves.
I want to tell all those journalists who wanted to organise a mob that we are not scared of Sars or the police … We are not scared of the media, you tried to destroy us before — you failed.” — News24
Amanda Khoza is a journalist at New Frame. Read more from Amanda Khoza
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