The EFF have spoken, once again, and this time there was no pussy-footing around the issues that have angered many South Africans over the past few weeks.
In the wake of the ongoing investigations into the Marikana massacres, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (the man who battled Eden Jansen live on air) had some scathing remarks for those in power, saving his most stinging criticism for Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.
Below, courtesy of TimesLive, are some excerpts from his address in parliament yesterday at the tabling of the presidency’s budget vote:
To Cyril Ramaphosa on the Marikana report and South Africa’s economy:
“You are the last one to talk about sharing wealth when your own wealth is based on the cheap and easily disposable labour of black mineworkers who were killed in Marikana.”
To Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina following comments that Ndlozi thinks he is Mr Parliament:
“At least we do not suffer from the nyaope delinquent speech diarrhoea characterised by his political inarticulation”
Nyaope is the street drug also known as ‘whoonga’, notorious for its highly addictive properties.
On Zuma’s comments that the people of South Africa voted for sick people who need a cure and that the violence in parliament is the legacy of apartheid.
“Only a sick people would celebrate when police are legally brought into parliament to beat up members. Only a sick man can continue to insist that the Speaker’s rulings are worth respecting and complying with even when the courts of law dismiss them.”
To Zuma on the Marikana Report:
“It is your sick government that sent police in Marikana to shoot and massacre 34 poor black mineworkers who were only asking for a living wage…
If you’re looking for a cure, release the Marikana report. Give us a date and time. There is a date as to when they were killed. There is a time of their death.”
Suffice to say he isn’t too enamoured with those in power. I imagine there were many awkward sideways glances and shuffling of papers on desks during his tirade.
Below is his speech in full. It’s worth paying close attention around the 40-second mark for some of that afore-mentioned awkwardness.
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