- Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has raised a few eyebrows after denying that a recent altercation between EFF protestors and a female journalist constitutes harassment
- The former EFF spokesperson defended his party against claims that members had acted inappropriately towards the reporter
- Many citizens felt that Ndlozi needed reminding that touching a woman without her consent is not acceptable
Gender-based violence in South Africa is a massive issue and one that needs firm support from every politician, irrespective of their party affiliation.
Commenting on claims that Economic Freedom Fighters protesters had harassed a journalist attempting to cover their demonstration outside of a local Clicks, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has attracted severe criticism.
The former Red Beret spokesperson denied any form of harassment against the woman, saying that:
"But they are telling her that she can be here, but not allowed to talk to EFF members. It means she was trying to interview them. I really do not see harassment here. Merely touching her is not harassment. The touch has to be violent, invasive or harmful to become harassment!"
In a video of the incident, shared by the female reporter's employer eNCA, EFF members can be seen shoving the woman towards nearby vehicles with one member snatching a microphone out of her hand.
Numerous citizens were offended that the politician felt it was acceptable for the reporter to be treated in this manner.
Take a look at just a few reactions to his comment below:
@goolammv: "Mbuyiseni Ndolzi says it’s okay to touch a woman without her consent. Wow!"
@Sizophumelela2: "Ntja, she's clearly being pushed (read: physically accosted) against her own will. That's the classic working definition of physical harassment."
@Sizisto12: "This ice boy is defending harassment."
@AmandaRinquest: "No man, Ndlozi, it seems you are too far gone at this point. You can see that they are shoving her. Be better than this, man."
@NnaModisi: "EFF is normalising harassment."
@Thando3296: "EFF don't own that place, what do you mean she cannot be there? It's a public place and its a clear case of harassment from men that claim to be fighting against GBV. "Merely touching her" is exactly what is the problem with men like you, Ndlozi. Don't put your hands on women, period."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a reporter and cameraman were chased away from covering the protest on Monday after the political party had arrived at the Cape Town mall as part of the national movement.
Shortly after this order was given, EFF supporters who had been blocking the entrance to the store engaged in a scuffle with the cameraman.
The pair were intimidated into leaving after police helped to break up the fight, prompting other reporters attending the event to leave in solidarity.
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