After Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba stopped an informal trader with cow heads in the central business district, a social media outcry ensued. The EFF is the latest party to voice its disappointment with Mashaba.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have demanded that Mashaba say sorry to informal traders since the mayor tweeted he stopped the man.
On Monday, the mayor tweeted a photo of a man pushing a trolley filled with cow heads. The mayor thought he would do a good deed and reported the incident to the metro police to avoid spreading diseases.
Since he tweeted the photo, the Johannesburg branch of the EFF criticised Mashaba for his comments. According to Eyewitness News, the party said Mashaba has an alien attitude towards small entrepreneurs. The EFF also accused Mashaba of having a medically illiterate posture.
Musa Novela, of the EFF, called on Mashaba to withdraw his statement.
Novela pointed out that Mashaba was once also an informal trader. Mashaba sold his hair products from his car's boot.
"We're going to write to him and ask him for a meeting to be able to have an engagement around this issue."
Briefly.co.za reported on Tuesday that instead of praising the mayor, South Africans were left fuming over the post.
Tweeps accused Mashaba of robbing the man of his livelihood.
Social media user, @Essau_EM83 commented:
"Help the man set up a proper business, cant be proud to arrest a black who knows how meat business operates and how it is regulated. He is making ends meet by not robbing anyone. Just help Mayor."
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