- AfriForum made its oral submission to the Constitutional Review Committee into Amending the Constitution on Thursday by its CEO Ernst Roets
- The lobby group’s submission did not go as planned and was widely condemned by MPs from across the political spectrum
- EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu lashed out at Roets and said his party was ready for the war which AfriForum kept threatening the country with
Lobby group AfriForum made its oral submission into the proposed amendment to the Constitution at the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) in Parliament on Thursday. The presentation was made by AfriForum CEO Ernst Roets.
His presentation failed to impress Members of Parliament (MPs) and was condemned by lawmakers from across the political spectrum. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy leader Floyd Shivambu lashed out at Roets and said his party was ready for the war which AfriForum kept on threatening to start.
Shivambu said AfriForum was made up of a bunch of spoilt white kids who had embarked on a world tour to cry about how bad things were in South Africa and tried their best to convince foreigners that there was some plot to start a white genocide.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Shivambu added that AfriForum had been following the CRC around the country in the hope of collapsing its meetings and ending the land reform debate which had taken hold in the country.
ANC MP Nick Koorhof said AfriForum was presenting itself in a manner which made it look like a white BLF. He told his fellow MPs that AfriForum did not represent the morals or interests of most white South Africans.
News24.com reported that the organisation received further condemnation from MPs representing the ACDP, UDM and the DA.
MPs reaction came as Roets delivered what seemed to be an ill-judged and one-sided presentation. He started by accusing the ANC and EFF of pursuing a communist based agenda which based on lies.
Roets said the land expropriation without compensation showed a clear contempt for basic human and property rights. Thesouthafrican.com reported that Roets said studies by the Institute of Race Relations showed that only 1% of South Africans believed implanting the policy would positively affect their lives.
Roets accused the ANC and EFF of being drunk on an ideology of a failed democratic revolution. He said the biggest fallacy of the land debate was that white people had stolen land from black people.
Roets said white people had never stolen land and had obtained their land by settling on vacant land, purchasing land rights through treaties with tribal leaders and through conquests.
Roets pointed out that another lie which was being perpetuated was that black people wanted agricultural land. He said of all the land claims which had been submitted to date 59% of those were for urban land.
Roets seemed unable to stop himself from hurling insults at the ANC and EFF and went on to say the alliance between the parties were not interested in uplifting the poor but were chasing the gratification which they got from hurting middle class and wealthy citizens.
At the close of proceedings, the committee’s co-chairperson Lewis Nzimande said it overall a good day for the CRC although emotions started to run high when members felt that they were being attacked by AfriForum’s representative.
Nzimande said it was sad that AfriForum had wasted an opportunity to contribute positively to the land debate. He added that the submission did not actually address the topic of amending the Constitution.
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