- The Economic Freedom Fighters celebrated Africa Day but marching to the French Embassy in Pretoria
- Members of the party said Africa is not a junior in global affairs and that people must stand up for African affairs
- EFF's National Spokesperson said France has been a “festering parasite” within the African political body
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PRETORIA - The Economic Freedom Fighters kicked off its Africa Day celebrations and made a commitment to fight against France’s interference in the continent.
Members of the political party marched to the French Embassy in Pretoria on Wednesday 25 May to protest against the country’s “micromanagement” of African affairs.
National Spokesperson of the EFF Sinawo Thambo said Africa is not a junior in global affairs and that people must stand up for African affairs in economic, cultural, and politically sectors. He said France has been a “festering parasite” within the political body of Africa, SABC News reported.
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Leader of the political party Julius Malema also commented on the matter:
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“African countries that were under French colonial rule are forced to pay colonial taxes,” he said.
According to a post on Twitter, Malema also shared that African countries currently pay more billions to the French treasury annually.
Social media users support the EFF’s mandate and believe that Africa should be a free nation:
“This is totally unacceptable & should be discontinued with immediate effect.”
“France is a racist monster and must be exposed for the centuries of extortion and oppression of Black people in Haiti and Africa.”
“Africa is fully behind you... we move.”
“If it can be done in Europe, it can be done in the entire continent of Africa. Free movement, and trade = prosperity.”
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EFF protests outside Johann Rupert’s farms in Stellenbosch, Mpumalanga on anniversary of Van Riebeek’s arrival
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are marching to Johann Rupert's farms in commemoration of Jan Van Riebeek’s arrival into the country in 1652, which the party has dubbed Land Day.
The leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, led the march to Johann Rupert’s farms in Stellenbosch while Deputy President Floyd Shivambu led picketers to Rupert’s farms in Mpumalanga.
In a post on Twitter, the EFF stated: “It was on this day in 1652, that the ancestor of land thieves Jan Van Riebeek arrived in SA.”
Source: Briefly News