- Economic Freedom Fighters' Floyd Shivambu has demanded that he be apologised to for the allegations of racism thrown at him
- Shivambu insists he has no problem with the colour of Momoniat's skin - it's his attitude towards African seniors that he doesn't approve of
- Carrim has stated that the committee doesn't believe Shivambu spoke about Momoniat's race
The EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu has decided to fight back against the allegation of racism against him.
Shivambu has been making news headlines with what many described as blatant racism, but he insists that he isn't racist.
In fact, Shivambu wants an apology for being accused of racism. He demanded on Thursday that the chair of the Standing Committee of Finance, Yunus Carrim apologise for accusing him. Carrim sent out a statement earlier this week that condemned Shivambu's remarks.
According to a report by The South African, Shivambu is backed completely by the Economic Freedom Fighters. The EFF is praising Shivambu for making good arguments and supports his original point.
South Africans reactions were mixed:
Francois Moolman - How pathetic from Floyd. How does Floyd expect to unify and build nation unity with remarks like that---- VERY IRRESPONSIBLE!! I don't care who is in charge of what department, as long as the person is HONEST, RELIABLE ,HARD WORKING AND QUALIFIED TO DO THE JOB, and serve the country.
German - This Parliament, the EFF must keep raising those uncomfortable truths,sellouts will respond even before they understand the reasons cause they're there for their own selves.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier on the incident. Shivambu put the EFF in a bad light this past week. Shivambu has been accused of blatant racism against the National Treasury's deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat.
Shivambu insists that what he said is being pulled out of context and was said based on Momoniat's actions, not race.
Shivambu also allegedly said that Momoniat has a superiority complex which interferes with his ability to follow orders from his African seniors.
It seems that Shivambu may have been falsely accused, judging by Carrim's admittance that Shivambu did not speak about Momoniat's race:
This of course led to a sea of responses flowing in from South Africans:
South Africans have very different views on what Shivambu said, or didn't say. Here you can see what South African students had to say:
It is certain that this case is far from over. Whether Shivambu will get the apology he wants is not clear.
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