- Cosatu and the EFF have become embroiled in an ugly political spat following Tuesday’s Parliamentary hearings into land expropriation
- The EFF’s MPs criticised Cosatu’s stance on land reform and implied its representative supported white monopoly capital
- Cosatu was angered by this and launched a verbal tirade at the EFF and said it would report the incident to the Speaker of the National Assembly
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have become embroiled in an ugly political spat. Cosatu was angered when the EFF accused its parliamentary coordinator Mathew Parks of supporting white monopoly capital during Tuesday’s Parliamentary hearings into land expropriation without compensation.
Cosatu was enraged by this insinuation and blasted the EFF. In an official statement Cosatu labelled the EFF as moral cretins and political idiots. Cosatu said the EFF clearly did not listen to its submission because it supported land expropriation without compensation but was not in favour of changing the Constitution.
“Some inconsequential EFF MP and her leader Floyd Shivambu accused our parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks of siding with white monopoly capital and serving white interests because he is also white,” Pamla said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Cosatu ramped up its verbal tirade against the EFF and described the party as professional race hustlers and a well organised noisemaking machine.
The federation went on to say the EFF was delusional and filled with angry people who lacked any morals and acted in a completely opportunistic manner. Thesouthafrican.com reported that Cosatu added that the EFF would do anything to secure a couple of social media followers and measured its own success in how many likes it received.
Cosatu criticised its alliance partner the ANC and the ruling party’s MP’s who had remained silent during the incident. Cosatu said it was disappointed to note that the ruling party in Parliament had not come to the defence of Parks.
Cosatu said the ANC should have joined the Freedom Front Plus and ACDP in defending the guiding principles of a non-racial Parliament which is supposed to be open to all South Africans regardless of race, age, creed or gender.
Pamla said Cosatu planned to report the incident to the Speaker of the National Assembly and to the office of the Chief Whip.
Cosatu said as an organisation its mandate was still based around non-racialism and it would continue to fight against extremists such as the EFF.
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