- EFF leader Floyd Shivambu has told Parliament that black people can never be racist
- The party's deputy president had requested an urgent Black Lives Matter movement debate on Tuesday
- Shivambu said black people "never ever" see themselves superior than any other race
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EFF deduty president Floyd Shivambu has argued that black people can't be racist. Shivambu made the remarks during the National Assembly debate on #BlackLivesMatter. As his party's chief whip, Shivambu requested the debate as an urgent matter of national importance.
The Black Live Matter movement was sparked by the death of US citizen George Floyd on 25 May this year. He allegedly died at the hands of white police.
The politician emphasised that black people can't be racist because they "never ever" think that they are better than any other race.
"There is no black person who can be racist because they never ever think that they are superior to any other race. They are despondent of the white supremacist system."
He said black people who speak and work against white supremacy and "the nonsense of white privilege" are not racist.
"Calling out racist manifestations is not racism. Racism is what led to slavery, to colonialism, and the continues invasion and theft of African resources... Racism is the ideology and the underpinning principle of capitalism."
According to a tweet by the EFF, Shivambu added:
"Our demand for racial and economic equality is not the call for the oppression of anyone. It will be difficult because the ruling party here in South Africa is an instrument in the hands of the white supremacist system domestically and globally."
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans are mourning the death of veteran football reporter S'busiso Mseleku. The former City Press sports editor reportedly succumbed to Covid-19 on Monday night, 17 August. Mseleku died in the Midvaal Private Hospital in Vereeniging after a short Covid-19-related illness.
The legendary sports writer, 59, left City Press last year to form his own company called Mseleku Sports. Football commentators, writers and media personalities have paid tribute to Mseleku. Veteran radio and TV sports presenter Robert Marawa said:
"Growing up, I knew that every time I saw this face, I had to read whatever he had written... The trend carried on into adulthood and all the way up to his sad passing yesterday. Help us to relive and honour the straight shooting, award-winning journalist on #MSW tonight."
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