The spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has caused a stir on social media after claiming that all white people are racist. This comes in response to the statement released by Elana Barkhuizen, the teacher involved in the Schweizer-Reneke scandal.
Responding to the recent statement of Elana Barkhuizen, the teacher at the centre of the Schweizer-Reneke scandal Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to social media to voice his opinion.
In a Twitter post the EFF spokesman said:
“But anti-black racism is particularly dangerous when it comes from “good” people: bishops, rabbis, judges. Declaring yourself “good” is already a problem that makes it hard for you to see your racism. Fact: #AllWhitePeopleAreRacist; that is why they want to be called white!”
Ndlozi’s problem with the statement released yesterday seems to be that the teacher has declared herself as being ‘good’, which according to him makes it difficult for her to acknowledge her racism.
While some were quick to point out the fact that this statement was, in itself, racist and irresponsible, the spokesman did enjoy some support.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Elana Barkhuizen had spoken to media for the first time yesterday. The teacher had been suspended following the release of a photo, seemingly depicting a classroom separated according to race.
Barkhuizen claims that the photo was taken out of context and used by ‘opportunists’ who had exploited the situation which quickly went viral.
The EFF has been calling for the teacher to be dismissed, calling on the South African Council of Educators to revoke her licence, which would prevent her from ever teaching again.
In a statement released on Friday, the EFF said that:
“This act singles [out] the teacher as an anti-black racist who should not be educating any of South Africa’s children. We call on the school to dismiss the teacher to demonstrate that anti-black racism does not belong in our classrooms. The country must show zero tolerance to anti-black racism, particularly when executed on innocent and unsuspecting children,”
Here are a few of the responses to the controversial post:
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