- Questions over EFF MP Naledi Chirwa's heritage has left social media divided
- An anonymous account has threated to expose the 'truth' over Chirwa's family
- Party leadership has been defending their colleague in the midst of the public debate over the issue
Economic Freedom Fighter leadership, including Julius Malema, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Veronica Mente, have come to Naledi Chirwa's defence.
This comes after an anonymous social media account threatened to release an exposé on the EFF MP's 'Malawian' family.
Chirwa has been honest about her heritage for nearly a decade, confirming her nationality back in 2013:
"Dad from Malawi, mom from Zimbabwe, and I'm South African... But this was supposed to be picture perfect."
Malema responded to the account's attempt to call Chirwa into question, commenting that:
“Mxm, sies. Naledi Chirwa is us, and we will defend her with everything. Pillay, are [you] South African wena?”
Mente also weighed in on the situation, commenting that:
“Seeking relevance is a very obnoxious activity and extremely disgusting when a young intelligentsia is being attacked by a fellow woman. Naledi Chirwa is and will always be a child of South Africa and an African through and through.”
Even Mmusi Maimane jumped into the fray, denouncing the 'afrophobia' on display:
“Every member of parliament is vetted thoroughly before taking up office. This birther conspiracy smacks of afrophobia and fear of this brilliant young South African. It does not matter what party she represents, we must not entertain online abuse."
While some were curious over the situation, many supporters of the party cried xenophobia. But this has prompted people to bring up similar instances from the EFF's past.
Former minister Malusi Gigaba had been forced to defend himself from similar claims levied against him by the EFF.
Gigaba's nationality had been called into question with Mentor claiming that he was actually from Zimbabwe.
In response to the question, Gigaba had insisted he was a local by birthright, commenting:
“Honourable member, I find your question quite peculiar, extremely peculiar; offensive to my family, offensive to my father who is late. Offensive to my mother, offensive to my father who was born at Nqabeni Embonela, where my clan has lived for hundreds of years, where if you go now, you will find members of my clan living on the lands that the fathers of the fathers of our fathers have lived; our home where the spirit of my grand fathers still live.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Mmusi Maimane had opted to form a movement, choosing to leave the political arena in favour of effecting change in SA alongside citizens.
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