- Both Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Floyd Shivambu have lashed out at Blade Nzimande after he called for African leaders to take responsibility
- The Economic Freedom Fighter spokesperson and deputy president shared their dim views of the SACP general secretary on social media
- Nzimande had blamed African heads of state for the influx of foreign nationals into South Africa
Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Communist Party secretary-general had slammed African leaders for failing to ensure citizens were looked after in their origin countries:
“You cannot just blame SA. We are doing our best. It is time we asked those leaders in Africa, what are you doing to make your country better places to be in?”
Ndlozi had lashed out in response, blasting Nzimande as an 'irresponsible, pathetic, pseudo-communist':
"Irresponsible, pathetic pseudo-communist. There’s absolutely nothing he‘s done for this country in any role he ever played. Blacks in South Africa live in the same poverty & starvation other blacks experience in the continent. Blade is just a self-hating adult who lives a lie!"
Shivambu had held an equally disapproving opinion on Nzimande's comments, saying that:
"Mwalimu Julius Nyerere said “African nationalism is meaningless, is anachronistic, and is dangerous if it is not at the same time Pan-Africanism”! So the narrow nationalists, mostly those who weren’t in exile, Iike Blade, will always be dangerously xenophobic! Mwalimu warned us!"
Nzimande had insisted that it had been unreasonable to expect citizens to solve the problems of other nations while facing challenges in South Africa:
“But, the fact of the matter is, we must stand up. African leaders must get their act together, such that they don’t disappoint their country and people have to leave. As SA, we cannot be able to absorb the result of all the problems that are made by leaders who want to loot their country and do not care about their own.”
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