- The EFF has come out in support of Zindzi Mandela after her controversial tweets
- Mandela had posted several inflammatory statements about "land thieves"
- Her comments led to AfriForum calling for her to be fired as ambassador to Denmark
The EFF has said that they stand behind the controversial views expressed by Zindzi Mandela concerning the land issue.
Mandela had caused a stir by posting Tweets about "white cowards and shivering land thieves".
On Tuesday, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi defended Mandela.
Following the Tweets, AfriForum called for Mandela (who is the daughter of icon Nelson Mandela) to be dismissed from her post as ambassador to Denmark. The lobby group described Mandela's comments as "racist and divisive". However, Ndlozi rejected AfriForum's demand, saying it was racist, according to IOL.
Ndlozi maintains that Mandela's tweets were "legitimate open cry by the African child", Briefly.co.za has gathered. He also reiterated the EFF's call for land reform, saying that black people need to get "their land back from white land thieves and racists".
Ndlozi added that he did not think any black person should ever risk losing their job for speaking "the truth about the land".
Mandela's tweets appeared to divide public opinion - at least on social media. While many slammed her comments, others took to her defence, to the point that #HandsOffZindziMandela began to trend on Twitter.
In response to some online criticism, Mandela tweeted that she was not accountable to "any white man or woman for my personal views".
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