- The calls for Mzansi to take up the #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) campaign have sparked a heated debate in the National Assembly
- The EFF's Floyd Shivambu requested the debate on Tuesday and expressed that black people can't be racist
- The DA, FF Plus and the ACDP are opposed to embracing the worldwide BLM campaign
Political parties have shared opposing views in the National Assembly following the calls for the country to take up the #BlackLivesMatter movement campaign.
On Tuesday, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu requested the debate on the worldwide campaign as an urgent matter of national importance.
Shivambu expressed that black people can't be racist because they don't think they are superior to any other race. His argument was sparked by the death of US citizen George Floyd on 25 May this year.
The Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus and the African Christian Democratic Party have expressed their opposition to embracing the BLM campaign.
Pieter Groenewald of the FF Plus said that Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s interference in the matter is "unconstitutional". This is after Mthethwa asked Rugby South Africa to reveal what actions they are going to take against eight South African players who refused to take the knee before a match to show support for the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement.
"The threats by the Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, aimed at athletes who do not want to take a knee for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) ideology, are unconstitutional and wrong."
Groenewald labelled the BLM movement as neo-Marxist and anti-white.
The DA’s Ghaleb Cachalia expressed that he would not bend his knee "in the service of an agenda that serves certain puppet masters".
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 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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