- Julius Malema has made several racist remarks recently, but has not been called out on them
- Helen Zille has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to address Malema's behaviour
- Malema's comments were directed towards the DA Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip
The EFF's blatant racism is becoming more obvious, and Helen Zille has called on President Ramaphosa to address Julius Malema's remarks.
"A more racist statement would be hard to find anywhere, and yet I don't hear a word from President Ramaphosa," Zille said at a community meeting in a shopping mall in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Zille was referring to remarks Malema made on Twitter, following the EFF's plans to remove Trollip through a vote of no confidence.
Briefly.co.za learned on Saturday, Trollip applauded the DA for their action against Jacob Zuma, comparing the DA to the EFF on Twitter.
"Compare this consistent principled [determination] with the EFF flip-flopping on this issue. In fact, if you research the [EFF's] positions on issues of major national importance since their inception, you will see that flip-flopping is the only constant," Trollip tweeted.
Malema replied, saying: "Hahaha, you are going white man. I've got no sympathy for whiteness, it feels so good for a black child to determine the future of the white one."
Earlier in the month, Malema explained that his party was specifically aiming to remove Trollip because he was white.
"Why? Why not [mayor of DA-led Johannesburg Herman] Mashaba, why not Solly [Msimanga, mayor of DA-led Tshwane]?
"Because the mayor of the DA in PE is a white man. So, these people, when you want to hit them hard, go after a white man. They feel a terrible pain, because you have touched a white man."
He said this did not mean that the EFF would not target Mashaba and Msimanga.
"They will be touched - don't worry. But we are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness."
Zille said that it was outrageous to criticise Ramaphosa during his "honeymoon phase", but added that he needed to step up.
"The real divide is between the EFF's policy and the ANC's policy," she said, referencing the EFF's belief that land should be owned by the state.
The DA and EFF have opposite views on the land expropriation without compensation.
The DA said it understands that land is an asset, it enables economic growth and can be used as leverage it to start businesses, improve lives and create jobs.
"The DA believes ownership is important," said Zille.
"We believe that everybody should own property, because that is what drives economic growth."
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